RYCO in Montenegro Marks 70th Anniversary of European Convention on Human Rights

PODGORICA – Head of the RYCO Local Branch Office in Montenegro Mr Edin Koljenović participated in a meeting organized by the Civic Alliance (CA) in Montenegro, organized on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the European Convention on Human Rights. The event took place at the Information and Documentation Center (IDC) in Podgorica, last Wednesday on 4 November.

Hosted by President of CA in Montenegro Mr Boris Raonić, the meeting was attended by Prosecutor in the Special Prosecutor’s Office in Montenegro Ms Lidija Vukčević, Montenegro’s Deputy Ombudsperson Ms Nerma Dobradžić and Reis of the Islamic Community in Montenegro Mr Rifat Fejzić.

The opening remarks were delivered by Mr Raonić, who presented the work and goals of the newly founded IDC as well as its task to collect relevant documents and information related to war crimes committed in Montenegro during the 90s.

Ms Koljenovic highlighted the work of RYCO and the ways in which it contributes to regional reconciliation by providing young people with different regional mobility opportunities, as well as workshops and advocacy actions on local and regional levels. He also emphasized the importance of the IDC’s role to such processes.

“Opening the doors of IDC to our citizens, including youth that RYCO is working with, represents an important step in the process of reconciliation and dealing with the past,” Mr Koljenović concluded.

IDC was established as part of “Responsibility for the Past” project, implemented by Youth Initiative for Human Rights (YIHR), member of Civil Alliance, in cooperation with the Parliament of Montenegro and the Faculty of Law of the University of Montenegro. It is supported by the Delegation of the European Union to Montenegro and co-financed by the Ministry of Public Administration of Montenegro.

This event was organized within the framework of the 70th Anniversary of the European Convention on Human Rights. Signed on 4 November 1950 in Rome, the convention guarantees respect and protection for human rights and freedoms.

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