The President of the Parliament of Montenegro, Mr Ivan Brajović, signed today the Decision on Establishing the Information and Documentation Centre Montenegro, the task of which is, inter alia, the gathering of relevant documents relating to war crimes committed on the territory of Montenegro, together with all statements, indictments, judgments and other sources connected to the war past during the 1990’s. The Parliament of Montenegro has undertaken the obligation of conserving the gathered material and making it permanently available to all of the interested parties.
This is a continuation of cooperation with the Youth Initiative for Human Rights within the partnership project of "Taking responsibility for the past", following the signing of the Memorandum on 30 January this year.
After the signing of the Decision on Establishing the Information and Documentation Centre Montenegro, the President Brajović pointed out that he felt proud to have had the opportunity, in the capacity as the President of the Parliament as well, to make one more contribution to his anti-war engagement and clear political orientation over more than 30 years of social activity. The President of the Parliament emphasised that this was an important project that would serve as our shared testimony, a permanent reminder and a pledge for the future of the youth, the peace in Montenegro and the region of the Western Balkans.
- The Parliament of Montenegro will always provide support to all projects and policies that contribute for the young people today not to stray when it comes to social orientations, to resist right-wing populist movements that offer easy, but completely unrealistic solutions. Objective and open confrontation with unfortunate events from the past of this region is an obligatory step in prevention for future acts. We also pay tribute to the victims of war crimes, but also clearly call for the individual responsibility of the perpetrators of these crimes - President Brajović stressed, expressing belief that the project results will further strengthen the multi-ethnic, multi confessional and multicultural harmony, especially the anti-fascist character of civic, European and secular state of Montenegro.
The President of the Parliament of Montenegro is a member of the Council of the Research and Documentation Centre, the members of which are the following as well: the Dean of the University of Montenegro Faculty of Law, Ms Aneta Spaić, former Montenegrin judge of the Court of Human Rights and the professor at the University of Montenegro Faculty of Law, Mr Nebojša Vučinić, publicist Mr Rifat Rastoder, head of the Podgorica office of Radio Free Europe, Ms Slavica Brajović, President of the Civic Alliance, Mr Boris Raonić and Executive Director of the Humanitarian Law Centre Kosovo, Mr Bekim Blakaj.
Video coverage of the signing of the Decision on Establishing the Information and Documentation Centre
Statement by Mr Ivan Brajović