16.10.2017

IACFS besorgt über Situation in Katalonien


IACFS concerned about situation in Catalonia and academic freedom of its members

Fribourg Declaration on the political and constitutional crisis in Catalonia

The International Association of Centers for Federal Studies (IACFS)

- representing 26 independent research centers, from 16 countries on five continents, dedicated to the study of federalism as a mechanism to, among other things, accommodate diversity and settle conflicts;

- expresses deep concern with the current political situation in Catalonia and Spain;

- is deeply concerned that one of its member centers in Catalonia is being investigated and searched in disregard of the need to respect academic freedom;

- rejects violence and advocates for dialogue;

- regrets that Catalonia has not been able to find a suitable accommodation within Spain, and

- therefore, believes that negotiations between the Governments of Spain and Catalonia should take place in order to consider and debate all reasonable options, and

- reminds all parties that federalism aims to accommodate diversity through negotiation and agreement in order to prevent, manage and solve conflicts.

Adopted by the Board of Directors on 13 October 2017 in Fribourg, Switzerland.