CESS in Montenegro

Already in 2014 our associate Bauke Snoep assisted the OSCE Mission Podgorica in setting up a training on Human Rights for Montenegrin Defence personnel with a special focus on International Humanitarian Law (basically the Geneva Conventions). In December 2016 the target group was high ranking officers from the Montenegrin police with a special focus on women in the security sector (the so-called Gender issue).

On the first day of this training, attention was being paid to the history of Human Rights, the possible differences between Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (or Civil Liberties) and the various Treaties that regulate these rights. The second day  gave special attention to Gender and the Security Sector, Gender Training, the National Perception of Human Rights and Gender and finally the National Legislative Framework. The last day focused on United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 and its implementation into a National Action Plan. This Action Plan is about to be finalized and expected to be adopted by the Montenegrin Parliament early 2017. The session was closed with a presentation and discussion on Cultural Awareness and Cross Cultural Diversity in Montenegro.

In the many exercises and debates throughout this training the trainees showed a clear interest in all topics and, moreover, a genuine commitment to improving the situation of women in the security sector in Montenegro. All in all, the eight trainers and 31 trainees were very pleased with the whole of the training which reflected well in the evaluation. For 2017 a training is also foreseen for another segment of the Montenegrin security sector but the dates are not known yet. 



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