Freedom of peaceful assembly is an individual right that is always expressed in a collective manner. The Law on Public Assemblies, adopted in 2016, has introduced legal improvements in the area of freedom of assemblies in Montenegro. However, both police officers and organisers of protest and society in general are still not properly informed about new legal solutions.
This project aims to contribute to the development and consolidation of democracy and respect of fundamental freedoms, by enabling an environment for free assemblies in Montenegro. It is expected to contribute to citizens being better informed on their rights and obligations regarding exercising the right to free assembly and also to help enhance capacities of key stakeholders to organise, oversee and exercise the right to free assembly.
Additionally, the project “’Voice Your Rights! – Expanding Space for Free Assemblies” will provide support to CSOs to conduct actions in the area of monitoring and awareness-raising on the right to free assembly at the local level. Four CSOs have been directly supported through sub-granting:
- Media Center (project “Professional Reporting on Public Assemblies”, budget: €9,467.50);
- Association of Professional Journalists of Montenegro (project “Journalists for Freedom of Assembly”, budget: €8,772.50);
- Center for Civil Liberties – CEGAS (project “Freedom of Assembly between Local Self-government and the Constitution of Montenegro”, budget: €9,830.00);
- LGBTIQ Social Center (project “Freedom of Assembly of LGBTQ persons at the Local Level”, budget: €6,120.00).
In addition to financial support, they have also been provided with a capacity building program, in the area of project management and monitoring of the right to freedom of assembly.