Ivana Bogojević and Aleksandra Vavić, public policy researchers at Institute Alternative, participated in a regional training on monitoring freedom of assembly, from November 27 to 29, in Budapest. The training was organized by the European Center for Non-for-Profit Law and gathered 11 experts worlwide from the field of freedom of assembly.
IA representatives presented the latest follow-up research on the legislative framework regulating this area in Montenegro, as well as the practice in the period from August 2016 till September 2017. Research covers a brief overview of this area after the publication of the first study on freedom of assembly in Montenegro, in July 2016. The findings will be finalized and published by the end of this year.
Besides the presentation of IA’s research, experiences on some of the most important issues related to freedom of assembly were shared. Therefore, participants debated on respecting international and regional standards in this area, with particular emphasis on issues of accountability in the context of policy-making, the exercise of the right to access information, administrative barriers, the use of force, etc. In addition, special attention has been focused on issues of location of public gatherings, with a focus on the privatization of public space. These and similar issues were presented through judicial practice of the European Court of Human Rights.