On 4 and 5 April 2014, on the Fruska Gora, a two-day initiative meeting for the creation of a Network for Interculturalism was held which, to begin with, is comprised of six organizations: the Centre for the Study of Ethnicity, Centre for Development of Civil Society, Centre for Regionalism, DamaD, Centre for Democracy, Human Rights and Regional Cooperation and AGENDA.
The two-day initiative meeting on the Fruska Gora was supported by the TACSO Serbia, Technical Assistance to the organisations of civil society.
After establishing, the Network has released their first joint statement, which reads in full:
At the initiative meeting for the establishment of the Network for Interculturalism by six non-governmental organizations from different parts of Serbia, held on 4 and 5 April 2014 at the Fruska Gora, the following was emphasised – the need for dedicated work on the fundamental social changes that contribute to: the essential civil equality; approach to human rights without exclusion of any kind; promotion of dialogue; social justice and social cohesion.
Convinced that the implementation and protection of human rights, particularly the rights to work, education, health, the recognition of identity and free expression of individual characteristics and preferences are essential for the development of our society, non-governmental organizations, brought together around the idea of a society regulated in intercultural, civic principles, believe that the future government of the Republic of Serbia needs to restore operation of the Ministry of Human Rights, the department with full political and administrative responsibility for the implementation and protection of human rights. The establishment of such a department, taking into account the cost-effectiveness and rationality of the Government, would contribute to the efficiency of public administration in relation to the realization, protection and monitoring of human rights.
Members of the Network:
Centre for the Study of Ethnicity, Belgrade
Centre for Development of Civil Society, Zrenjanin
Centre for Regionalism, Novi Sad
DamaD, Novi Pazar
Centre for Democracy, Human Rights and Regional Cooperation, Belgrade