PODGORICA, Montenegro, June 4, 2007 -- Ombudsman Sefko Crnovrsanin presented his annual report on human rights Monday (June 4th), which concluded that the record remained unsatisfactory last year. He found that despite gains since 2005, violations were registered at all levels, in nearly all areas of society. Crnovrsanin found persistent weaknesses in the work of the state administration in 2006, poorly applied regulations, as well instances of civil servants mistreating members of the public. According to the report, 495 complaints were submitted to the Ombudsman's office in 2006.
This poses a serious threat to Montenegro's process towards European integration and will not go unnoticed by the Council of Europe. The issues surrounding the Albanian detainees has also marred Montenegro's human rights record in 2007 and has destabilized relations with their largest minority.