Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Macedonian NGO sector clusters

More rapid development of the civil society and strengthening of the capacities of the civic organizations in Macedonia are the main goals of the Macedonian Human Rights House, which was presented today in Skopje.

Macedonian Human Rights House is a part of the international Human Rights House Network based in Oslo, Norway. It represents an association of NGOs, whose joint mission is promoting the human rights in home countries and abroad.

The founders and principal members of the Macedonian House are World's First Children Embassy "Megjashi, Association for Democratic Initiatives, Macedonian Helsinki Committee, Center of Women's Rights - Sheltering Center and Association of Disabled Persons "Polio Plus".

"The House will serve as a national center for human rights protection, contributing to stepped up development of the civil society in or country", said Dragi Zmijnac from Megjasi, who was appointed as President of the new association.

Daniela Dabeska from the Macedonian Shelter Center said the House will be open for all Macedonian NGOs which want to join in, with an aim to step up the cooperation in human rights protection activities that would be "to the benefit of citizens" in exercising their rights and needs.

Macedonia is the 13th country in the world that has a branch of Human Rights House Network.

The executive manager of the Norwegian Human Rights House, Maria Dahle has personally supported the Macedonian project. She attended today's presentation of the Macedonian Human Rights House, along with the European Ambassador to Macedonia, Erwan Fouere.

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