Representative of NGO Mladiinfo Montenegro attended a two-day workshop on 27th and 28th March in Aurel Hotel, entitled “Identification of Needs for Successful Implementation of Activities in the P / SNE in Montenegro”. The consortium, consisting of six civil society organizations from the Western Balkans Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia) led by the MNE Forum, mapped a number of actors relevant to the implementation of actions in the area of prevention and suppression of violent extremism. The aim of the project is to present the project ” –
Launching a hub of civil society organizations that will address the issue of violent extremism – from prevention to reintegration. Coordinator of the program Anđeli Lučić from the Forum MNE spoke about the presence of violent extremism and to what extent is a threat to Montenegro. The problem with herself brings many shortcomings such as: insufficient number of strategies at the local level, lack of capacity, finance, insufficient cooperation and polarization among the CSO itself, horizontal networking, poor cooperation between the CSO sector and the authorities. The main theme of the project was actually the very challenges to be addressed in order to reduce the disadvantages. Kristina Ulama, a researcher from DeFacto Consultancy, presented the results of the research in the field of prevention and suppression of violent extremism in Montenegro. From which it can be concluded that Montenegro is very vulnerable with regard to its size and diversity of population. Part of the project is just the presentation of good practices through which the participants had the opportunity to see a short documentary “The Way Without Return?” (Center for Democratic Transition ) which speaks of the conflict in Syria and Ukraine, and is specifically based on people who went from Montenegro to the battlefield and their experience. Definitions were defined: Violent extremism – the process of taking over extremist / radical (political, religious and ideological) views and their application through violent action in search of the ideological goal.
Radicalization – the adoption of extreme attitudes and beliefs that characterize the rejection of all alternatives and the willingness to impose their own principles on the rest of society, which can sometimes lead to violent extremism. Resilience of the community – the ability of the community to withstand, respond and recover from a wide spectrum of harmful and unfavorable events Community ease – lack of mechanisms for mobilization, inability to anticipate, resist and recover from adverse events The second day of the workshop was reflected in the work of smaller groups who presented their ideas in the view of preventing and suppressing violent extremism and presenting ideas through an action plan. The project will continue in the next three years through which should increase the number of organizations that will deal with this issue and thus reduce the level of violent extremism in Montenegro.