Situation Report in the Area of Judicial Reform and Human Rights in Montenegro

June 5, 2013

Although the legal framework is in place, implementation of reforms in such areas as human rights, fighting corruption and judicial independence lags behind in Montenegro because of a lack of political will to pursue change, according to a report by a coalition of NGOs.

Situation Report in the area of Judicial Reform and Human Rights (Chapter 23) in Montenegro in the period 10 October 2012 to 10 April 2013 was issued by the Coalition of 15 NGOs for Monitoring the Accession Negotiations with the European Union under Chapter 23 – Judiciary and Fundamental Rights. Two PASOS members, the Center for Democracy and Human Rights (CEDEM) and the Center for Monitoring and Research (CeMI), are part of the Coalition.

The Coalition’s report provides an early warning before the European Commission finalizes its own report about Montenegro’s progress in areas related to EU accession. To this end, the report provides a detailed analysis of the efficacy of reforms undertaken in the areas of judicial independence, anti-corruption, human rights and development of civil society organizations from October 10, 2012 to April 10, 2013.

The report recommends that the European Commission improve access to reporting on the progress of Montenegro in order to ensure full transparency in the negotiation process. In addition, it gives specific examples of steps the Commission should take to bolster reform in Montenegro in accordance with its responsibilities. The report also contains many recommendations for the government of Montenegro, including ways to strengthen the NGO sector and its relations with government offices.

The 15 member organizations of the Coalition are: Action for Human Rights, Anima-Center for Women and Peace Studies, the Center for Anti-discrimination EQUISTA, the Center for Democracy and Human Rights (CEDEM), the Center for Monitoring (CeMI), the Center for Development of NGOs (CRNVO), the Center for Women’s Rights, the European Movement in Montenegro, the Institute of Alternatives, the Institute for Social Inclusion, Juventas, LGBT Forum Progress, Shelter, the Nikšić SOS Line for Women and Children Victims of Violence and the Association of Youth with Disabilities of Montenegro.

Download: Situation Report in the Area of Judicial Reform and Human Rights (Chapter 23) in Montenegro in the Period 10 October 2012 to 10 April 2013

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