Electronic Database of Sports Fan Groups Established in Montenegro

By , 16 Mar 2019, 21:12 PM Sport
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15 March 2019 - Montenegrin Ministry of Internal Affairs is working on the establishment of an electronic database of sports fan groups from the country and the region. This database will serve for general sports fan groups monitoring, information exchange with public services and special monitoring of perpetrators of criminal offenses at sports events.

This project is being implemented following the Law on the Prevention of Violence and Misbehavior at Sports Events.

Establishment of this database will allow the Ministry of Internal Affairs to keep records on all perpetrators of criminal offenses at sports events, which will increase the general safety of the public.

Dossier files on sports fan groups are almost complete and already accessible to the General Police Department (Department for Public Order and Peace), as well as to all police stations, security centers and security departments.

"This project will further improve the prevention of violence and misbehavior at sports events," the representatives of Montenegrin Ministry of Interior explained within their report on the implementation of the Law on Public Gatherings and Public Events in the past year.

The report also states that the Law on Public Gatherings respects basic human rights and that the representatives of the Montenegrin police fully respected its provisions. "It is the duty of the state not to interfere with the fundamental freedoms of the people and to protect and facilitate all individuals’ right to peaceful assembly," the report said.

The report also noted that during the implementation of the Law on Public Gatherings, special attention was given to the principle of proportionality. This principle implies that all interferences with rights must be proportionate to the legitimate aim pursued, as prescribed by the European Convention on Human Rights.

"The implementation of the Law on Public Gatherings and Public Events promoted freedom of assembly. Gatherings were limited only to the extent necessary to protect public security, protecting the rights, freedoms and health of other persons," the Ministry of Internal Affairs explained.

The Ministry was also successful at implementing the standards of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.

"Based on the data on held public gatherings and public events in 2018, and considering that they have passed without violating law and order, it can be concluded that the police officers acted by the law while providing security," says the MIA's report.

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