Sector:

Human Rights, Support to Refugees and IDPs

Did you know that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is the most translated document in the world, available in 370 languages? No doubt, there is a lot to know about human rights. As one of the founding principles of the European Union (EU), human rights lie at its core. The EU remains committed to supporting, promoting and protecting human rights not just within, but also outside its borders.

The European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) represents one of the funding instruments the EU developed for supporting specific human rights-related projects in partner countries. So far, more than 50 EIDHR projects were implemented in Montenegro, with an overall value of €6 million. Over the years, EIDHR has given voice to vulnerable and underrepresented groups and has empowered them to become more involved in decision making at local and national levels. Through EIDHR projects in Montenegro is contributed to: strengthening democracy and political dialogue by supporting electoral reforms; strengthening human rights defenders; improving access to justice; fighting against torture and impunity; protecting and promoting minority rights and rights of vulnerable groups such as Roma, LGBTI and persons with disabilities; providing legal aid to migrants; providing human rights education; promoting gender equality; and preventing and combating gender-based violence. 

Projects

Everyone in the European Union has the right to access public information. This enables citizens, civil society and the media to hold all three branches of government accountable, which makes access to information one of the foundations of good governance.
Dealing with the past is a long and painful, but very much needed process. It is the only way for a post conflict society to move from a divided past to a shared future and achieve lasting stability.
In order to contribute to the promotion and protection of Roma and Egyptian (RE) rights at local level in Montenegro, this project will encourage active civil society participation through a comprehensive approach, including: capacity development of CSOs; organisational development and functioning; project management cycle; human rights monitoring and advocacy; as well as financial support for implementation of local CSO’s initiatives.
Organisations of persons with disabilities have a very important role in advocating for the rights of persons with disabilities (PWDs) and integrating persons with disabilities into mainstream society. It is therefore important to include them in policy development at both local and national levels.
This project contributed to raising public awareness and understanding of human rights and the phenomenon of discrimination, as well as to promoting work and achievements of human rights defenders.