Montenegro: NGO seeks publication of contract with SOC

Montenegro: NGO seeks publication of contract with SOC

Civic Initiative “21st of May” invited the Minister of Justice, Human and Minority Rights, Vladimir Leposavić, to publish the content of the agreement that the Government of Montenegro plans to conclude with the Serbian Orthodox Church (SOC).

A group of citizens gathered today in front of the Ministry of Justice, Human and Minority Rights, due to, as they said, the non-transparency of the Government.

The organization “21st of May” assessed that the Government did not achieve the transparency and openness of its policies, as it was promised during election campaign.

They believe that the transparency of all public policies and all government activities was one of the key promises of all parties and associations in the coalitions that formed the current government.

“Starting from the fact that all activities of the Government of Montenegro should be transparent, Civic Initiative “21st of May” called on the Minister of Justice, Human and Minority Rights Vladimir Leposavić to publish the content of the agreement that is planned to be concluded with the Serbian Orthodox Church in order to finally establish an expert and democratic discussion on this important issue,” the Initiative said.

The gathered citizens handed over a letter from the members of the Initiative, which requires Leposavić to act in a way that ensures equal and dignified treatment of all religious communities that exist and operate in Montenegro, as long as he is acting minister.

They said that due to the favouring of only one religious community, the Serbian Orthodox Church, there is more and more talk about the collapse of secular and civil Montenegro.

“By their work, denial of the genocide in Srebrenica and discrimination of religious communities, but also the Government, by tolerating his behaviour, Leposavić daily contributes to raising tensions in society which could, by further neglect, lead to stronger segregation, radicalization and conflict,” said the Initiative “21st of May”.

They said that the protest rallies were reported to the police and that they would be held this week, every day at noon, in front of the Ministry of Justice, Human and Minority Rights.