The Centre for Democracy and Human Rights (CEDEM) has released their report on discrimination in Montenegro. The study was conducted in cooperation with the Ministry for Human and Minority Rights. CEDEM is a Montenegrin NGO established in 1997 with the goals of advancing the transition to democracy and strengthening civil society.
Overall, the report shows that Montenegrin’s believe Roma, persons with disabilities, and older people are the most discriminated against groups:
|Persons with disabilities||40.8|
Most of the survey questions asked who Montenegrin’s believe are discriminated against by others. The numbers look different when Montenegrin’s are asked who they would discriminate against themselves. Here is how Montenegrin’s responded when asked who they would not like to have as a neighbor:
|People with AIDS||54.1|
|Immigrants, foreign workers||21.7|
|People of other races||10.5|
|People of other nations||8.2|
|People of other faiths||3.3|
|Elderly persons with disabilities||2.6|
On a positive note, few Montenegrin’s feel that they have been personally discriminated against:
This data presents a confusing mix of viewpoints on the topic of discrimination in Montenegro. People’s perceptions of discrimination and actual acts of discrimination are very different things. What does seem to be clear to all observers is that Montenegrins are making progress in these areas, but still have some distance to go. The main disagreements seem to relate to the speed of current progress and the desirable speed of progress.