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The rally was also addressed by DS Political Council President Dragoljub Micunovic, who said that the essence of democracy, which has existed for 2,000 years, is that it should prevent the rule of a single man, and today we are being persuaded that our future lies in the hands of one man.
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return to Belgrade
in 1957, Micunovic
was involved in educational reforms in the Center for Education and Institute for Pedagogy
.Invited by his professors, he applied for a teaching position at Belgrade University.
The University hired him in 1960 in spite of objections from the Communist Party Committee of the Belgrade University
defended a doctoral thesis on the application of logical methods in sociological research.He
taught History of Social and Political Theories in Department for Philosophy and Sociology in the School of Humanities.Micunovic was on the editorial board of the magazine "Filozofija", on the advisory board of "Praxis" and on the board of Korcula Summer School, one of the most prestigious places in the world to meet and exchange ideas for philosophers of the time.
In January of 1975, the Assembly of Serbia decided, in an unconstitutional act, to declare Micunovic
, with seven of his
colleagues, politically unfit for teaching, and in spite of unanimous protests from their colleagues, he
was expelled from Belgrade University
.It took 15 years for Micunovic
to be allowed to teach again.He
was active in many prestigious journals in his
discipline, and published five books and over a hundred articles.He
also lectured at universities in United States and Germany.After the expulsion from Belgrade University, Micunovic accepted an invitation to be engaged in research at University of Konstanz, Germany in the late 70s and early 80s.Upon his return he was engaged in his profession at the Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory in Belgrade, and he was the director of the Institute at the time the Institute represented the Center of democratic, political and social thinking in the country.As a member of the Yugoslav Forum for Human Rights from 1988, Micunovic dedicated his time to liberating political prisoners and reform of criminal law and criminal judicial procedure.
Political Career: Micunovic started his political career at the School of Humanities when, in 1968, he was one of the leaders of the student protest and played a major role during protests as a member of the action board.He
was arrested because of these activities, his
passport has been confiscated and he
was prevented form teaching and publishing in Yugoslavia.Micunovic
, with a group of dissidents, initiated founding of the Democratic Party
.At the Inaugural Assembly in the 1990 Micunovic was elected president, and he was re-elected in 1992.He
resigned from that position in 1994.Micunovic
, with a group of prominent intellectuals, founded Fond Center for Democracy
, non-governmental organization for the development of the civil society and non-governmental sector, civil education and preparation of political and social reforms.He is starting a magazine, "Dijalog", and is participating in many domestic and international political conferences.In 1996, Micunovic founded a new political party, Democratic Center, of which he was elected president.
In the beginning of 1999, he
initiated forming the coalition "DAN
", the coalition of the parties Democratic Center, Democratic Alternative
and New Democracy.In September of 1999, Micunovic
invited all opposition parties in Serbia to unite by organizing a "The Round Table of the Serbian Democratic Opposition" which evolved into the coalition DOS
(Democratic Opposition of Serbia).At the first multiparty elections in Serbia, Micunovic was elected a member of Serbian parliament.As a member of parliament on a state level, he was elected a delegate in the Chamber of the Republics of the Federal Assembly of ex-Yugoslavia in the period 1991-1992.At the federal elections in 1992, Micunovic was elected a member of federal parliament as a member of Democratic Party.
As a member of the opposition coalition "Zajedno
was re-elected a member of federal parliament in the Chamber of Citizens in 1996.At the federal elections of 2000, as one of the leaders of the coalition DOS (Democratic Opposition of Serbia), Micunovic was once again elected a member of parliament in the Chamber of Citizens of the Federal Assembly.After the victory of the DOS in October of 2000, he was elected President of the Chamber of Citizens of the Federal Assembly.When the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro was established, in March of 2003, Micunovic was elected President of the Assembly of Serbia and Montenegro.
was elected for MP of Serbia.
At the moment Prof. Micunovic
is Chairman of Political Council of the Democratic Party
has published several hundreds scientific articles and several books, among which the most important are: "Science and Philosophy", "Burocracy and Public Opinion", "Sociology", "Liberalism and Socialism" ...He
was an active collaborator in the magazines "Praxis" and "Filozofia", criticizing the basic principles of the communist ideology and practice.
is the winner of the first award for tolerance awarded by the Ministry for Human Rights, OEBS and B92.For his
contribution to the acceptance of Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in the Council of Europe he
was awarded by the European Movement in Serbia.In 2001 he
was awarded by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Slovakia for his
active contribution to the work of the Community for democratic Changes in Yugoslavia which assembled representatives of different political parties, civil society and international organizations.
World Leaders Magazine | Dragoljub Micunovic
Dragoljub MicunovicWorld Leaders Magazine | Dragoljub Micunovic
...Born in 1930 in Merdare, Serbia, Dragoljub Micunovic studied philosophy at the University of Belgrade.He obtained his PhD in 1968 and became professor at the philosophy faculty.
In 1977 he
took up a Humbold scholarship at the University of Constanz
in Germany and during the 1980s directed the Centre for Philosophy
and Social Theory in Belgrade.In 1990 he
returned to Belgrade University
and remained there as a full professor until 1998.
Micunovic's involvement in politics began in 1948 when, at the age of 18, he
was arrested and sent to Goli Otok, a jail known for its political prisoners in communist Yugoslavia.During the 1960s he
became a key figure of the opposition.He
was a frequent contributor to the magazines Praxis and Filozofia and played a leading role in the student demonstrations in 1968.These activities led to his
arrest and the confiscation of his
passport.In 1975 Micunovic
was dismissed from the University of Belgrade
along with seven other professors for supporting the liberalisation of humanistic studies.He joined the Yugoslav Forum for Human Rights and became a member of the committee for the reform of criminal law.In 1989 Micunovic co-founded the Democratic Party, the first opposition party in Serbia.He
was elected to the Serbian parliament in 1990 and a year later represented Serbia in the upper house of the federal assembly of Yugoslavia.In 1992 he entered the Chamber of Citizens, the lower house, where he led the Democratic Party's parliamentary group and sat on the committee for foreign affairs.
As the political opposition splintered, Micunovic
resigned from the party and in 1994 founded the Centre for Democracy Foundation
, a non-partisan organisation with the aim of developing civil society.After creating a new party, the Democratic Centre, in 1999 he helped launch a roundtable of the democratic opposition parties.He
has been re-elected to the federal assembly twice and in October 2000 became speaker of the lower house of the parliament. Micunovic
has published over 100 studies and several books on social philosophy and logic and has spoken at many foreign and international forums, including the US Senate
and the European Parliament.
SERBIA AND MONTENEGRO: UNCERTAIN FUTURE FOR EUROPE’S NEWEST STATE
Dragoljub Micunovic (center), president of the Yugoslav Parliament, exchanges notes with two MPs under the national crest during the ceremony which adopted the Constitutional Charter of the new state of Serbia and Montenegro
The creation of Europe's newest state, the union called "Serbia and Montenegro", formed last week out of the rubble of Yugoslavia, has far from resolved the ambitions of separatist movements in the region, observers indicate.There are no fewer than three territories within the territory of the new republic
that harbor ambitions of greater autonomy if not total independence, including Montenegro itself and the Serbian province of Kosovo.
From the Yugoslav side, the Czech Republic was last June visited by then Yugoslav Premier Zoran Zicic, three months later by Serbian Premier Zoran Djindjic and in November by Yugoslav parliament chairman Dragoljub Micunovic.The renewal of bilateral relations was facilitated by the lifting of sanctions against Yugoslavia on 11 October 2000.Aspart of humanitarian deliveries the Czech Republic donated a bridge to the Yugoslav city of Kragujevac and ten Karosa buses to the city of Belgrade.An agreement on mutual support and protection of investments, signed in October 1997, came into force last January.Trade exchange, which dwindled to almost zero after the warin the Balkans erupted in the 1990s, steeply rose in 1996 (turnover of 2.3 billion crowns) and it rose to the maximum level with 3.8 billion crowns two years later.During 11 months last year Czech exports to Yugoslavia increased by half a billion crowns to almost three billion crowns year-on-year and imports by four percent to 650 million crowns.The Czech Republic thus recorded a surplus of over two billion crowns.Czech-Yugoslav relations have a long and rich tradition.