Rule of Law

Montenegro is a civil, democratic, ecological and social justice state, based on the rule of law (Article 1, Constitution of Montenegro). The affirmation of the principle of equality before the law, as one of the fundamental postulates of the rule of law, is the primary function of Rule of Law Department.

CEDEM was the first NGO in Montenegro to organize seminars on international and European Union legal standards. Over 900 lawyers, judges, prosecutors and other civil servants have participated in our training programs since 1999. The Rule of Law Department prepares draft laws and draft amendments to the law; organizes round tables and seminars for representatives of judicial bodies; performs monitoring of court proceedings; and prepares, publishes and distributes publications with the ultimate goal to encourage a responsible, professional, efficient and transparent judiciary in Montenegro.

The policy proposal contains key findings and recommendations for combating domestic violence, child begging and forced marriages, in order to highlight the perception, intensity, and shape of these phenomena and intensify appropriate measures to combat and prevent them. Also, this practical policy will serve professionals and professionals in carrying out activities in the field of achieving a sustainable and effective system of protection of victims of domestic violence and measures to combat forced marriages and child begging.
The proposal of the practical policy was created within the project "Together for sustainable results in the fight against domestic violence, child begging and forced marriages" supported by the Ministry of Human Rights and minority rights.

 

You can download the proposal here.


Investigative journalism is possible to contribute to changes in everything that needs to change in Montenegro, and it is very important that journalists dealing with this type of journalism get the status of officials. This was announced at the press conference of the Center for Democracy and Human Rights (CEDEM) on the presentation of the results of the project "Improving Local Media Practices in the Fight Against Corruption and Organized Crime", financially supported by the United States Embassy in Montenegro. Project Coordinator (CEDEM), Marko Pejovic, said that the project's goal is to contribute to Euro-Atlantic integration of Montenegro through increasing the quality of the credibility of investigative journalism in the field of corruption and organized crime."The purpose of the project was to strengthen the capacities of local journalists that would result in a more professional approach to the research process, as well as more credible reporting in the field of corruption and organized crime. What makes this project special is that local public broadcasters are involved as well as commercial, so we included ten journalists from three local public broadcasters and four commercial in Pljevlja, Kotor, Ulcinj, Bar, and Berane, " Pejovic said. In his words, the importance of investigative journalism for all societies, especially for transition societies and developing countries, is very important, especially at the local level."Journalists researchers must change everyday life and fight for a better society, not accepting the world as it is, and this is what makes the key difference between daily journalism and investigative journalism. Promoting investigative journalism can contribute to changes in everything that needs to change in Montenegro, and in that sense, investigative journalism is the counterweight of tabloid journalism, "Pejovic pointed out. He believes that such projects should be the answer to the tabloidization of journalism in Montenegro and the strengthening of all structures that will, as he said, jointly promote the idea of investigative journalism and contribute to strengthening the fight for the rule of law and democratization of society.