Action summary

Within the overall framework of pursuing anti-discrimination policies, this joint European Union/Council of Europe action is expected to: enhance the professional capacities of key personnel of state authorities, judiciary, law enforcement authorities, Ombudsman and other institutions engaged under this project, strengthening their internal organisational efficiency and resources and improve their public communication practice.

In concrete terms, this action will contribute to the enhanced efficiency of the Ministry for Human and Minority Rights to protect the human rights of marginalised groups (LGBT, Roma, minorities and people with disabilities) as well as improved capacity of the Ombudsperson’s Office to process anti-discrimination cases and carry out NPM functions. Furthermore, this action would raise capacities of the Ministry of Justice to further align the prison system of Montenegro with international human rights standards.

Finally – through the development of a training curriculum with human rights education for legal professionals (HELP) methodology, this action will develop capacities of the Judicial Training Centre to serve as the long term educational platform for judicial representatives in the areas of human rights and anti-discrimination. This will complement the previous activities, which are targeting preventive aspect of human rights protection and contribute to the improved human rights awareness among the judicial branch.

Overall objective

The overall objective of the action is to contribute to more effective legislative and institutional mechanisms for protection from discrimination in Montenegro, improving social and institutional responsiveness towards promotion, protection and enforcement of human rights and equal opportunities.

Expected outcomes

Outcome 1: Enhanced efficiency of the Ministry for Human and Minority Rights to promote and protect the human rights of marginalised groups (LGBT, Roma, minorities and people with disabilities)


Outcome 2: Improved capacity of the Ombudsperson’s Office to process anti-discrimination


Outcome 3: Improved capacity of the Ministry of Justice to further align the prison system of Montenegro with international human rights standards


Outcome 4: Strengthened capacities of the Judicial Training Centre to further raise awareness on the human rights/anti-discrimination issues among the judiciary

Main activities

  • Training seminars and workshops on European human rights standards to improve the knowledge and skills of the staff of the Ministry for Human and Minority Rights, Ombudsperson’s Office, Prison administration and Judicial Training Centre, Judiciary and Law enforcement authorities
  • Study visits to the CoE and other member states to better understand the functioning of the ECtHR and exchange best practices
  • Expert support to the Ministry for Human and Minority Rights and Ombudsperson’s office towards improved organisational efficiency and enhanced implementation of human rights principles in their work
  • Public advocacy campaign and human rights public opinion research
  • Introduction of ICT case management system for Ombudsperson’s office
  • Expert assessment of citizens' complaints mechanisms in Anti-Discrimination department of Ombudsperson’s office
  • Expert assessment of the existing capacities of the prison facilities and development of rehabilitation and re-socialization programmes for former inmates
  • Development of a standardized human rights and anti-discrimination curriculum for Judicial Training Centre

Methodology

The Project implementation is based on the ECtHR case-law and most relevant findings of the CoE bodies (ECRI, CPT, etc.) concerning Montenegro as well as EU Progress reports. Also, PREDIM project builds upon the outcomes of previous SOCCER project and in that regard assumed its successfully implemented key methodological outlines.

This said, PREDIM would sustain concrete tailor-made training exercises to ensure capacity building for staff of partner institutions and the basis of most relevant ECtHR case law and findings of relevant CoE monitoring bodies. It would also facilitate series of study visits to CoE/ECtHR and counterpart institutions from CoE countries to ensure transfer of experiences and good practices. Finally PREDIM would allow for the provision of in house expertise, through engagement of resident advisors, which would strive to strengthen the human rights substantive knowledge among the staff and increase overall organizational efficiency. In addition, PREDIM would employ various public opinion research, communication and (social) media tools in order to strengthen the public advocacy efforts of national institutions and ways they communicate human rights topics to the general public, and eventually facilitate stronger public dialogue over the key human rights themes.

This webpage has been produced using funds of a joint project between the European Union and the Council of Europe. The views expressed herein can in no way be taken to reflect the official opinion of the European Union.

Project at a glance Project at a glance
  • Duration: 24 months (since 1 January 2016)
  • Beneficiaries/Partners: Ministry for Human and Minority Rights, Ombudsperson’s Office, Prison administration and the Directorate for Enforcement of Criminal Sanctions of the Ministry of Justice, Judicial Training Centre, and other state, judiciary and law enforcement authorities.
  • Budget: 870.000 EUR
  • Funding: 80% European Union 20% Council of Europe
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Project contacts Project contacts

Boris Ristovic, Senior Project Officer

Ana Krusic, Project Assistant