CHRCR - Center for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution
The Center for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution is a research and training facility, with the overall goals of:
- Helping citizens of the Republic of Macedonia take an a active role in resolving seemingly intractable conflicts rooted in ethnic and other differences; and
- Promoting the concept of human rights and basic freedoms as an essential part of the political, juridical and social transformation that is going on in the country.
Achieving the main goal is based on undertaking various activities in three main areas:
Human rights aimed at:
- Dissemination of knowledge in the area of human rights and freedoms - by raising awareness of one’s own and the rights of others and creating conditions for active protection of one’s own and the rights of others by means of democratic mechanisms and the rule of law;
- Development and adaptation of the concept in order to implement it as widely as possible in Macedonia’s reality; and
- Transforming the existing understanding of human rights - from perceiving them as primarily collective. To accepting them as basically individual.
Conflict resolution aimed at:
- Changing people’s approach to conflicts - from looking at conflict as always being a destructive battle between incompatible interests, to perceiving it as a possibility for mutual growth and improvement of relationships which, besides interests, also involve needs, feelings and values; and
- Introducing techniques for the constructive and peaceful resolution of interpersonal and intergroup conflicts, based on cultural modification of the existing models of collaborative negotiation and mediation.
Inter-ethnic relations aimed at:
- Developing appreciation for cultural/ethnic differences - from anticipating them as a source of competition which inevitably creates tensions and intolerance between different ethnic groups, to accepting them as a potential source of mutual growth; and
- Launching and carrying out the integrative processes of living in a multicultural society, where “multicultural” would have the meaning of “intercultural” - different cultures living together within a territory while maintaining open relations of mutual recondition, interaction, and interdependence.
The activities of the Center are concentrated in six major domains:
- Developing educational programs;
- Providing training of trainers and other participants;
- Organizing an facilitating dialogues and round tables;
- Designing and conducting research projects;
- Writing and publishing books, manuals, brochures, articles;
- Providing consultation and expertise to local and international organizations;