Regional Office for Human Rights Will be Opened in Podgorica

Dusko Markovic, the Deputy Prime Minister, and Thorbjørn Jagland, Council of Europe Secretary General, signed the Memorandum of Understanding, about establishing the office of the project for protection of minorities and promotion of human rights in Southeastern Europe.

The office will be located in Podgorica. It will be responsible for implementing a project that will last 3 years, aimed at promotion of human rights of minorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Serbia, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro and Macedonia.

Dusko Markovic expressed his gratitude for the support to Montenegro’s development of rule of law and democracy.

Mr. Jagland said that fight against corruption and promotion of human rights should remain Montenegro’s priorities, and the country could count on support and help from the Council of Europe.

The Deputy Prime Minister also met Thomas Hammarberg, the Human Rights Commissioner, and Gianni Buquicchio, the head of the Venice Commission. They discussed the promotion of human rights in Montenegro, initiatives to amend the Constitution, and judiciary reform.

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