Activity Report 2019
09.06.2020 / 17:56 / Activity Reports
In 2019, ACTEDO continued to facilitate the access to justice of people in vulnerable situations, who have faced human rights violations. This year, 79 people requested pro bono legal assistance through The Pro Bono Network for Human Rights, but only 25 of them referred to problems of a legal nature and human rights infringements. The requests came from 7 counties and from Bucharest, while one was from abroad, from Italy. Of these, 12 were assigned to attorneys, while the rest of the applicants decided not to pursue legal action, either because the issue in relation to which they contacted us was solved or because they no longer wanted legal assistance. In the same time, The Pro Bono Network for Human Rights grew: 16 new attorneys joined us in 2019, from 13 counties and one from the Republic of Moldova.
At the same time, we conducted a comprehensive research on how the EU Directive 29/2012 (also known as the Victims’ Directive) was transposed and implemented in Romania in order to guarantee the rights of victims of crime and their protection. The national report, carried out within the framework of the European VOCIARE project, indicated gaps in victim support services, in the training of professionals who come into contact with victims, as well as in the identification and provision of special protection needs.
In 2019 we started two new projects with national and international partners. The European project ROAR: Empowering Victims of Cybercrime aims to bring non-consensual pornography and the sexual exploitation of children online on the public agenda on the public agenda, while improving the quality of legal assistance provided through The Pro Bono Network for Human Rights and our ability to direct victims towards support services. The national project INTERSECT – Changing the Narrative of Discrimination focuses on multiple discrimination and the intersectionality between ethnicity and sexual orientation and/ or gender identity. The project brings LGBTQIA Roma to the forefront and aims to contribute to combatting discrimination against these minorities through information, awareness and advocacy activities, as well as by strengthening the capacity of young Roma and LGBTQIA people at the local level to get involved and promote activities and policies that affect them.
Last but not least, we continued to promote equal rights regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity through activities such as filing complaints with the National Council for Combatting Discrimination, organizing workshops for LGBTQIA allies at the Cluj Pride festival and participating in debates and film screenings on the topic. We also joined the team of the Faculty of Political, Administrative and Communication Sciences (FSPAC), from Babeș-Bolyai University Cluj-Napoca, to organize the faculty’s first conference dedicated to gender equality, Communicating Gender, scheduled for 2020. Lastly, we were present in the Cluj community, taking part in the fair for nongovernmental organisations, ONG Expo.