Human Rights

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. To help Montenegro to comply with the European standards in the area of fundamental human rights, the EU sets aside considerable funds. It has invested €34.4 million so far, through support to the Regional Housing Programme, closing of Konik Camp, social inclusion of Roma people, the Gender Programme and different EIDHR projects.

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.


Gender equality means that everyone, regardless of gender, has equal rights, opportunities and responsibilities. It is essential for economic prosperity and poverty reduction.
In the European Union everyone has a fundamental right of access to information. Access to public information enables citizens, civil society and the media to hold all three branches of power more accountable and therefore it is among 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.
Domestic violence against women represents a serious violation of human rights. As such, it has to be prevented and eradicated. Also, the awareness-raising initiatives regarding the prevention of violence against women and the protection of victims have to be facilitated.
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.
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.
The prohibition of discrimination and the protection of human rights are important elements of the EU legal order and sexual orientation is recognised in EU law as grounds of discrimination. This project was aimed at contributing to the development and consolidation of democracy and the rule of law, and respect for all human rights and fundamental freedoms in Montenegro. More specific objective of the action was related to strengthening civil society and local communities in supporting and promoting LGBTI human rights.
This project aims to contribute to greater involvement of organisations of persons with disabilities and PWDs in the processes of creation and implementation of public policies in the area of disability at the national level.
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.