34th Meeting of the Committee on Human Rights and Freedoms

Location: Blue Room

A G E N D A:

 Adoption of minutes from the:

    - 31st Meeting of the Committee, held on 27 February 2019,

          - 32nd Meeting of the Committee, held on 27 February 2019 and

- 33rd Meeting of the Committee, held on 6 March 2019.

  1. Report on Mental Health of Children in Montenegro; 
  2. Current issues.



With regard to the first time of the Agenda, and starting from the findings of the European Commission's Montenegro 2018 Report:

“On the rights of the child, there is a need for better coordination of policies as no single institution has the overall responsibility on this issue.  In April 2017, the 2017-2021 strategy for the prevention and protection of children from domestic violence was adopted. Amendments to the Family Law have provided better procedural guaranties for the rights of the child and for explicit prohibition of corporal punishment. However, more efforts are needed to ensure adequate implementation. The Ombudsman's Office has intensified its work on this issue and the number of child-related applications is increasing. More efforts are also necessary to address child begging and forced child marriages which affect mostly the Roma community, as well as the overall violence against children. Treatment of juveniles in prisons also calls for improvement. The very low number of reported cases of sexual violence against

children raises concerns about reporting and identification of victims. The de-institutionalisation process has to continue and needs to be supported by alternative services such as foster care, kinship care and community-based care. (p. 28 and 29 of the Report’s translation),

“Action Plan for the implementation of the Mental Health Improvement Strategy was adopted in December 2016” National data is not available regarding the proportion of mental health care ensured by institutions compared to community-based care.” (p. 83 of the Report’s translation)

Within its control and oversight function, the Committee will consider the Report on Mental Health of Children in Montenegro, submitted to the Parliament of Montenegro by the Protector of Human Rights and Freedoms of Montenegro.



In accordance with Article 67 paragraph 1 of the Rules of Procedure of the Parliament of Montenegro,

  • Protector of Human Rights and Freedoms of Montenegro Mr Šućko Baković is invited to the Committee meeting.

In line with Article 67 paragraph 2 of the Rules of Procedure of the Parliament of Montenegro, the following are invited to take part in the meeting:

  • Minister of Health Mr Kenan Hrapović,
  • Minister of Labour and Social WelfareMr Kemal Purišić,
  • Minister of Education Mr Damir Šehović,
  • Minister of Sports and YouthNikola Janović,
  • Minister of Culture Mr Aleksandar Bogdanović,
  • Secretary General of the Union of Municipalities of Montenegro Mr Refik Bojadžić,

The representatives of the following institutions are also invited to participate in the meeting:

  • EU Delegation to Montenegro, Head of Delegation Amb. Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Mr Aivo Orav,
  • UNICEF to Montenegro, Head of the Office Mr Osama Makkawi Khogali,

- NGOs dealing with issues of human rights and freedoms and monitoring the work of the Committee on Human Rights and Freedoms:

- Civic Alliance, Programme Director Mr Milan Radović,

- Federation of Associations of Parents of Children and Youth with Developmental Disabilities “Our Initiative”, Executive Director Mr Milisav Korać, and

- Center for Children’s Rights of Montenegro, Executive Director Ms Rajka Cica Perović.

Event Properties

Event Date 28.03.2019. 13:00h
Event End Date 28.03.2019. 15:00h