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Milan Radovic

Milan Radovic

Program Director

Milan Radović was born in Mojkovac. He graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy in Nikšić and until 2007 he taught sociology in high school. After that, he started his engagement in the Youth Initiative for Human Rights as a researcher and project coordinator. He monitored and documented human rights violations in Montenegro in various fields, including politically motivated violence, attacks on journalists, torture by police and prison officials, the right to a fair trial, freedom of expression, hate speech, religious freedoms, minority rights, etc. His involvement in this organization also included working on free legal aid projects and working with citizens.

Since 2012, he has been engaged in the Civic Alliance as the coordinator of human rights programs, and later, from 2019, as the program director. He coordinated several regional projects in the field of human and minority rights, and was a member of working groups for drafting legislation in the field of human rights, specifically working groups of the Ministry of Human and Minority Rights in connection with amendments to the Law on Prohibition of Discrimination, Law on Minority Rights and Freedoms and Law on the Protector of Human Rights and Freedoms.

He was a national consultant to the Council of Europe on the projects “Enhancing Human Rights Protection for Detained and Sentenced People in Montenegro”, “Promotion of Human Rights and Minorities Protection in Southeast Europe” and the ROMACTED program. He was engaged as a national consultant for Montenegro in the regional project Civil Monitoring of the Regional Housing Program with a Special Emphasis on Care for Roma Population, and as a coordinator of the project “United Support for Roma Inclusion”.

Milan is the co-author of several reports on the judiciary and minority rights and the author of several annual reports on the human rights in Montenegro. He was a researcher and coordinated reporting under the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of human rights. He was a member of the Radio and Television of Montenegro Council and is currently a member of the Council of the Agency for Electronic Media of Montenegro.

As a human rights expert, he manages projects related to dealing with the past, media freedom, as well as human and minority rights. He works with young political leaders, journalists and NGO activists on human rights education through the School of Political Studies, where he has been the president since 2022.

He is an alumnus of the School of Democratic Leadership, the School for Social Entrepreneurship – Introduction to Civic Education, the School of Human Rights, and was a participant in several seminars in the field of human rights. Since 2012, he has been a lecturer at the School of Political Studies and a lecturer at numerous seminars on human rights. In addition, he is an alumnus of the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) of the U.S. Department of State.

Milan is a fan of the Montenegrin national football team. He likes to spend his free time in the mountains.
He is married to Marija, with whom he has daughters Mia and Matea and son Maksim.

milan@gamn.org

Edina Hasanaga Cobaj

Edina Hasanaga Cobaj

Administrative Director

Edina Hasanaga Čobaj was born in Ulcinj. She completed pedagogical studies at the Faculty of Philosophy in Nikšić, as well as the university course Leadership and Youth Work, accredited by the Faculty of Communication in Jönköping, Sweden.

She founded the NGO Youth Initiative for Human Rights in 2006. For more than 16 years, as the executive director of this organization, she has been monitoring and documenting human rights violations in Montenegro in various areas, including inter alia politically motivated violence, torture by police and prison officials, discrimination, the right to a fair trial, hate speech, religious freedom, minority rights, etc. Her work also includes providing free legal aid and work with citizens.

Edina coordinated several regional projects in the field of human and minority rights. In addition, she is one of the authors of numerous reports on the state of human rights that have been published in Montenegro over the last two decades, as well as documentaries on the same topic.

Over the years in the NGO sector, she gained experience in planning and financial-administrative project management. For a time, she also worked with children with developmental disabilities. She is a nonviolent communication trainer and has held several trainings for young activists and professors. She works with young political leaders, journalists and NGO activists on human rights education through the School of Political Studies.

She was a member of the Council for the Protection of Patients of the Special Hospital for Psychiatry in Kotor, as well as the Council for Transparency of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. Also, she was a member of the local Commission for the disbursement of funds for local NGOs in Ulcinj. She is the founder and member of the People to People International branch in Montenegro.

She is an alumnus of the Democratic Leadership School, and a participant in several seminars in the field of human rights. She attended Gender Studies organized by the NGO Anima from Kotor, School of Communication organized by the Nansen Dialogue Center, seminars and workshops on public advocacy organized by USAID, and training on organizational development organized by Fondas. In 2001 Edina completed courses “Democracy and Human Rights” and “Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation” organized by the Nansen Dialogue Center.

She likes swimming.

She is married to Bernard, with whom she has son Dino and daughter Era.

edina@gamn.org

AMINA MURIC

AMINA MURIC

Deputy Director

Amina Murić is from Rožaje, and has been living and working in Podgorica since 2009. She graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy in Nikšić, Department of English Language and Literature in 2008. She is currently attending master’s studies in Podgorica. Her first job was at the Railway Transport of Montenegro JSC, where she worked since 2009 as a translator, associate and assistant on international projects for 8 years. For the last two years she worked as a PR manager and was in charge of the company’s public relations, press releases, internal communication, appearance and presentation of the company’s website, and also monitored media reports, achieving exceptional cooperation with the media.

In the period from 2019 to 2021, she was hired as an assistant in the Business English course in the first, second and third year studies at the Faculty of Tourism of the Mediterranean University.

Since 2019, she has been employed at the NGO Youth Initiative for Human Rights in the position of deputy executive director, where she coordinates business activities, deals with public relations and the implementation of media projects.

She is the coordinator of numerous projects concerning the protection of human rights, more specifically, the rights of minorities, women, Roma, LGBT persons, the elderly, and persons with disabilities. She actively fights hate speech and discrimination both online and in the physical world, and deals with issues of ethnic distance.

She is a member of the RTCG Council from among human rights NGOs, where she participates in the development of a strategy aimed at improving the public service as well as the media scene in Montenegro, media freedom, media professionalism, safety of journalists, and media literacy.

She coordinated projects related to ethical media reporting, issues of media professionalism and respect for standards, especially in relation to marginalized social groups in Montenegro.

She worked on issues of dealing with the past and transitional justice within project “No impunity for the past!”, whose primary goal is to research and document war crimes in Montenegro in the 1990s. Also, she worked on the development of promotional media campaigns about the war crimes that took place in Montenegro and the region with the aim of informing the general public about these facts, and highlighting the importance of reconciliation in Montenegro and the region.

She was engaged for several years as the chairperson of the Commission for selecting the best journalistic stories on projects related to the promotion of Roma culture and language.

She is a lecturer at the School of Political Studies seminars on media freedom, respect for ethical and professional standards. The School of Political Studies was founded in 2002 with the mission of further education of active and future political decision-makers, recognized agents of social change and creators of public opinion, potential and effective initiators of positive social processes and reforms.

She is the editor of several annual reports of the Civic Alliance, and is also part of the team that worked on the creation of Civic Alliance publications, such as “Groundedness of minority population in Montenegro”, “Culture, customs and language of national communities in Montenegro”, “COVID-19 testing – A look at the epidemic”, “12 sides for progress – an overview of priority activities in the areas of justice and human rights”, “Guide to Article 5 of the European Convention on Human Rights”, “The rule of law in the era of the corona virus epidemic”, “Analysis of the decision on the restriction of freedom of movement”.

amina@gamn.org

Aleksandra Vukcevic

Aleksandra Vukcevic

Coordinator of Human Rights and Justice Program

Aleksandra Vukčević is from Podgorica. She graduated from the Faculty of Law of the University of Montenegro. During her student days, she was an active member of ELSA, an international association of law students. After that, in 2018, she started working at the Youth Initiative for Human Rights in the field of dealing with the past and working with young people.

In 2019, she was employed by NGO Civil Alliance on the project of providing free legal assistance to asylum seekers and refugees. Two years later, she was working as the coordinator on the same project. Part of the job included visiting and monitoring the situation at the borders, i.e. the migrant route that passes through Montenegro.

Since the beginning of work with migrants and refugees, she has been monitoring the situation regarding human trafficking. She coordinated regional and national projects in the field of human and minority rights, youth rights, refugee and asylum seeker rights.

She assisted in projects related to the work of the judiciary in Montenegro, conducting surveys among judges, monitoring the courts with regard to respect for the right to a fair trial and the prosecutor’s office.

She worked on projects concerning the use of minority languages in official use. She carried out media monitoring with regard to the reporting on the EU integration process, monitoring of closed-type institutions where persons deprived of their liberty are located and the conditions in which they reside, as well as monitoring of parliamentary committees for human rights and European integration.

She is the author and co-author of reports concerning the use of minority languages, detention of migrants in Montenegro, war crimes committed on the territory of Montenegro during the 90s, European integration and others.
She attended the School of Human Rights, the School of Business Management, the School of Political Studies, as well as numerous seminars in the field of human rights and media, and trainings on the topic of asylum, migration, etc.

As of 2021, she is engaged as the program coordinator for human rights and justice in the Civic Alliance.

She was a member of the working group for the negotiating chapter 24 from September 2019 as a representative of the NGO “Civil Alliance” and the Council for the Rule of Law.

Aleksandra is fluent in English. She likes to spend her free time visiting coastal towns. She enjoys traveling.

She is married to Milenko, with whom she has daughter Mia.

aleksandra@gamn.org

Jelena Ristovic

Jelena Ristovic

Project Coordinator

Jelena Ristović is from Podgorica. She graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy in Nikšić with a degree in English language and literature, and then completed specialist studies at the Institute of Foreign Languages of the University of Montenegro.

She started her work engagement as a translator at the Public Broadcasting Service – RTCG. After her engagement at RTCG, she spent two years at the “MINA” news agency, where she also worked as a translator. During 2009, as part of the Internship program of the Center for Democratic Transition, she was engaged in the Montenegrin Ministry of Defense for the translation/interpretation of working documents and official meetings with international partners. In addition, she performed general office duties in the Cabinet of the Assistant Minister of Defense of Montenegro during that period.

In the same year, she started working at the Youth Initiative for Human Rights (YIHR) as an office manager, where she was in charge of office and administrative tasks, translating YIHR reports on the state of human rights in Montenegro, as well as providing logistical support within YIHR program activities.

She has been with the Civic Alliance since the foundation of the organization in 2011, where she was first in charge of administrative duties, office duties and translation of reports and various documents. From 2019 to 2021, she coordinated the work of the School of Political Studies, one of the leading programs of informal political education for NGO activists, politicians, journalists and public servants. Since August 2021, she has been engaged as the coordinator of a UNHCR project aimed at providing legal assistance to asylum seekers, persons with approved international protection and persons at risk of statelessness.

Jelena likes long walks, travel, the sea, nature, socializing, relaxing music, books and pilates. In addition to CA projects, outside of working hours she also coordinates her family with husband Boris and children Irina and David.

jelena@gamn.org

Dusica Merdovic

Dusica Merdovic

Legal Advisor

Dušica Merdović is from Bijelo Polje. She graduated from the Faculty of Law of the University of Montenegro in Podgorica.

After her studies, she started working at the NGO “Legal Center” on UNHCR projects to provide free legal assistance to displaced and internally displaced persons, stateless persons, victims of violence and seekers of international protection. The job also included monitoring migration trends in border and cross-border areas.

In the Civic Alliance, she works on the project of providing free legal assistance to foreigners in the process of obtaining international protection, asylum seekers, foreigners with approved subsidiary and temporary protection, as well as refugees from Ukraine. As a representative of the Civic Alliance, since 19 November 2019 she has been a member of the Interdepartmental Working Group for the development and monitoring of the implementation of the Strategy on Migration and Reintegration for the period 2021-2025. She attended a large number of seminars and trainings on the topic of asylum, migration and statelessness.

Dušica enjoys spending time in the mountains and by the rivers. She uses her free time to escape to the north to unwind.

She is married to Vasilije and has sons Vuk and Petar.

dusica@gamn.org

Andjela Djukovic

Andjela Djukovic

Legal Advisor

Anđela Đuković was born in Podgorica. She graduated from the Faculty of Law at the University of Donja Gorica.

During her studies, she was the president of the non-governmental organization European Law Students Association (ELSA UDG). In this capacity, she attended numerous international conferences and seminars. Later, she became the vice-president for the STEP program of the European Association of Law Students of Montenegro (ELSA Montenegro), as well as an assistant in the ELSA International Team. Even as a student, she participated in a trial simulation before the European Court of Human Rights, which was held in Zagreb. After completing her studies, she started her training at Harrisons Law Office, and then continued at Jovović, Mugoša & Vuković Law Office.

In July 2020, she started working at Civic Alliance as a legal advisor on the project “Providing free legal assistance to asylum seekers, refugees and persons at risk of statelessness”. She attended the “Human rights defenders academy” organized by the NGO Civil Rights Defenders (CRD). As part of the academy, participants wrote a policy paper that was published on the CRD website. Anđela wrote about hate speech in Montenegro. She also attended numerous seminars in the field of human rights.

In July 2021, she was appointed as a member of the working group for Chapter 23. She participated in the “International conference on statelessness and the right to a nationality in Europe: progress, challenges and opportunities” organized by UNHCR and the Council of Europe in Strasbourg.

Angela has been a volleyball referee for many years. She likes summer and the sea, and especially trips to Mediterranean countries. She loves animals and is the proud owner of a Persian cat named Maggie.

andjela@gamn.org

Pavle Cupic

Pavle Cupic

Legal Advisor

Pavle Ćupić was born in Cetinje. He finished elementary school in Podgorica, high school in Danilovgrad, and the Faculty of Law in Podgorica. He passed the exam for work in state bodies.

During 2006 and 2007, he covered several positions in the tourism sector in the area of personnel management. From 2008 to 2018, he worked as a program assistant for monitoring and analytics in the “Network for the Affirmation of the Non-Governmental Sector – MANS”, where he was in charge of implementing various monitoring and analytics activities related, inter alia, to the Parliament of Montenegro. He was a key person in MANS for lobbying and similar activities in the Parliament, as well as for communication with MPs and the parliamentary administration. He attended numerous sessions of parliamentary working bodies and plenary sessions, and was in charge of providing support from MPs in various situations. He participated in the drafting of several laws, by-laws and amendments. He was responsible for the analysis of final court judgments in the field of corruption and organized crime, analysis of the work of judges and prosecutors, as well as other legal procedures. Among other things, he was in charge of monitoring the electoral process in Montenegro, as well as monitoring of the financing of political parties.

From 2018 to 2020, Pavle worked as a manager in the tourist agency “Montenegro tourist service”, and from 2020 to 2021, he held the position of executive director in the company “Buena Vista Habano”.

Since 2021, he has been employed at the NGO Civil Alliance as a legal advisor in charge of providing free legal assistance to asylum seekers and persons granted international protection. He also represents asylum seekers during their hearings before the Directorate for Asylum. In addition, he is in charge of monitoring the process of access to rights, i.e. the exercise of all rights prescribed by the law, which includes drafting of written forms and documents for users and their referral to competent authorities. His job description also includes writing claims and appeals against decisions of the Directorate for Asylum to be submitted to the Administrative Court. As a representative of the Civic Alliance, he participates in the work of the Committee for Human Rights and Freedoms of the Montenegrin Parliament. He monitors detention facilities and respect for the rights of persons deprived of liberty. He participated in the work of the UN Committee against Torture at the 73rd session, where he presented the state of human rights in Montenegro and the level of compliance with the Torture Convention. He monitors the work of the Judicial Council and participates in all activities of the organization related to the promotion and protection of human rights and freedoms. He is a member of the working group for chapter 24 – Justice, freedom and security.

Pavle is an alumni of the School of Democratic Leadership. He attended the School of Peace and Dialogue (Nansen Center for Peace and Dialogue) and on that occasion visited the Parliament of Norway, Government of Norway, their Trade Union, political parties and other relevant institutions in Oslo and Lillehammer. He completed a training on law-writing techniques organized by the Montenegrin Human Resources Administration, as well as training in the field of budget monitoring organized by Transparency International from Belgrade. He participated in a large number of conferences and round tables dedicated to the competences of the Parliament of Montenegro, as well as a large number of round tables dedicated to the fight against corruption and respect for human rights.

He is the co-author and author of a number of reports in the field of human rights protection, the work of courts and treatment of justice institutions towards citizens, fight against corruption, election campaigns, the transparency of the spending of Montenegrin citizens’ money, as well as reports dedicated to the work of the Parliament of Montenegro and its working bodies.

He is married to Sanja, with whom he has daughter Maša.

pavle@gamn.org

IVANA DjODjIC

IVANA DjODjIC

Legal Advisor

Ivana Đođić was born in Nikšić. She obtained her bachelor’s degree from the Faculty of Law of the University of Montenegro in Podgorica with an average grade of C, and her specialist degree with an average grade of A, majoring in the history of law. During her studies, she was twice a participant in the Work and travel program in the United States of America.

She started working as an intern at Crnogorski Telekom, where she stayed until January 2021.

Ivana was a student of the XIX generation of the School of Political Studies.

Since April 2021, she has been engaged in the Civic Alliance as a legal advisor, as part of the UNHCR project entitled “Providing free legal aid to asylum seekers, refugees and persons at risk of statelessness in Montenegro”. In September 2021, she was appointed as a member of the Ethics Committee that monitors the implementation of the Code of Police Ethics with the Ministry of Interior of Montenegro.

She is married to Milan, with whom she has son Petar.

ivanadjodjic.ga@gmail.com