Kick-Off Event for a regional Anti-Discrimination Project in Podgorica

Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Justice of the Republic of Montenegro, Duško Marković

Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Justice of the Republic of Montenegro, Duško Marković

On 1 October 2013, the kick-off event for the project "Implementation of the European Anti-Discrimination Standards in Montenegro and other States of the Region" took place in Montenegro's capital Podgorica. The project is implemented by the IRZ in cooperation with its regional partners. It is financed with funds by the German Foreign Ministry provided for the support of human rights.

The main focus of this project is the publication "Practical Introduction to the European Anti-Discrimination Standards", which will be used as training material for various partners in the region. In addition, it may also be used as a reference guide. The publication comprises more than 300 pages and is subdivided into two parts: The first part is an introduction to the anti-discrimination law of the ECHR. The second part is a compilation of practical information: Details about the contact points where discriminated people can seek help; translation of the Convention and its Additional Protocols; information, check lists, organisational charts, forms and overviews. The authors of this publication are Prof. Dr. Zorica Mrsevic from Serbia, Dr. Jovan Kojicic from Montenegro, Prof. Dr. Zlatan Meskic from Bosnia and Herzegovina and the lawyer Dr. Stefan von Raumer from Germany.

The opening event, at which the Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Justice of the Republic of Montenegro, Duško Marković and the German ambassador to Montenegro, Pius Fischer, gave speeches, was attended by many media representatives. All presentations were followed by detailed and sometimes also controversial discussions. In particular, it became obvious during the discussions that the positive and indirect discrimination in the region poses a problem, of which various examples were given as a proof. For instance, the preferred admission of surviving dependants after the war to the University of Bosnia and Herzegovina is to be pointed out in this context.