World Beyond War delivers the War Abolisher Awar to Save Sinjajevina and arises a new support campaign

The world wide spread pacifist organization World Beyond War recognizes the struggle and perseverance of Sinjajevina inhabitants against the installation of the military ground. Although Montenegrin shepherds temporarily detained the military, there is no national law to protect them from a new attempt. Both organizations arise an updated petition to the EU Commissioner for NeighbourhoodContinue reading “World Beyond War delivers the War Abolisher Awar to Save Sinjajevina and arises a new support campaign”

Sinjajevina inhabitants demand a national law to protect their way of life from the military camp

Families of Sinjajevina’s urge the Montenegrin Government to respect their rights and create a new decree law, cancelling the previous one in 2019, which officially inaugurated  the military training ground in Sinja(je)vina. They claim for the creation of a protected area designed and governed with their full participation, as with their traditional pastoral activity, theyContinue reading “Sinjajevina inhabitants demand a national law to protect their way of life from the military camp”

Save Sinjajevina Receives the 2021 War Abolisher Award

● The international organization World Beyond War announces the Save Sinjajevina Association as the recipient of the War Abolisher of 2021 Award. ● An online presentation and acceptance event, with remarks from representatives the award recipients will take place on October 6, 2021, at 5 a.m. USA Pacific Time, 8 a.m. USA Eastern Time, 2Continue reading “Save Sinjajevina Receives the 2021 War Abolisher Award”

A Sinjajevina “Katun” choir requested the cancelling of the decision on the military training ground and the recognition of a community protected area

● The Civic Initiative “Save Sinjajevina” and representatives of local livestock communities gathered  12th July 2021 in Petrovdan (Saint Peter’s day) at Savina’s lake to claim the two strategic goals of their future work regarding Sinjajevina. ● The revocation of the decision of the past Government of Montenegro to establish a military training ground onContinue reading “A Sinjajevina “Katun” choir requested the cancelling of the decision on the military training ground and the recognition of a community protected area”

How a movement took on the military, and won a first crucial battle

[ GUEST POST ] Interview published at Empowering No Violence. In late 2020, a coalition of national environmental and rights’ activists, pastoralists, and international NGOs resisted a military training exercise taking place in the unique Sinjajevina highlands. Following the first phase of the campaign, WRI staff met and interviewed Pablo Dominguez, an eco-anthropologist from theContinue reading “How a movement took on the military, and won a first crucial battle”

Montenegrin protesters successfully stop NATO training on Sinjajevina’s pastures

● A protest camp by local community members prevented the military from entering the area in snowy and sub-zero conditions from October to December ● The Minister of Defense of the incoming government, Olivera Injac, called off the military training and assured protesters that she will reassess plans to militarise the area. Now, herders andContinue reading “Montenegrin protesters successfully stop NATO training on Sinjajevina’s pastures”

Global civil society urges the EU to suspend membership talks with Montenegro until it stops militarizing Sinjajevina

Sinjajevina is the Balkan’s biggest mountain grassland, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, and a vital ecosystem for Europe with over 22,000 people living in the region. Ensure the land rights of traditional pastoralist dwellers and open consultation with local communities to create a community protected area in Sinjajevina. European Union should ask for the removal ofContinue reading “Global civil society urges the EU to suspend membership talks with Montenegro until it stops militarizing Sinjajevina”

Sinjajevina inhabitants demand a consultation and more information about the Military Polygon

Dozens of families met to discuss about Sinjajevina’s situation regarding the installation of a military polygon and came into a main conclusion: Montenegrin Government has to respect their right to consultation. Stanija Braunovic (video below), plant collector, talks about biodiversity at Sinjajevina and why it should be protected as a sanctuary. Sinjajevina’s rich ecology andContinue reading “Sinjajevina inhabitants demand a consultation and more information about the Military Polygon”

EU Delegation visits Montenegro and asks nation’s parliament to guarantee protection to Sinjajevina’s lands and culture

European parliamentarians recommended an independent study of the social and environmental impacts caused by the military’s installations in this UNESCO protected area. The Montenegrin pro-government deputies’ majority rejected the proposal. The Parliamentary Committee for Stabilization and Association of the European Union and Montenegro visited the country over a span of three days, February 24 –Continue reading “EU Delegation visits Montenegro and asks nation’s parliament to guarantee protection to Sinjajevina’s lands and culture”

Fast-grow conifer to block local shepherds and their livestock

Mile Filipović is a shepherd and farmer from Bjelasica Mountain, a nearby territory from the Sinjajevina pastures, which he usually visits with his livestock. When he first realized that some soldiers where moving around the communities’ pastures, he was really shocked.  “They do not need to turn Sinjajevina into a military training ground, as theyContinue reading “Fast-grow conifer to block local shepherds and their livestock”