ACTEDO’s submission for the UN Universal Periodic Review (UPR)

In January 2018, in Geneva, Romania will be under the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) which will assess its compliance with international human rights standards and the latest developments in the area of human rights. The basis of the Review is the UN Charter, International Treaties, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and government commitments in […] Read more

Infographic The Pro Bono Network for Human Rights – 2016

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Anniversary Reception: 2 Years of the Pro Bono Network for Human Rights

December 2016. This month The Pro Bono Network for Human Rights has turned two! In these past two years ACTEDO has involved Pro Bono Lawyers in solving serious social problems, such as discrimination, the access to education and health of people with disabilities, domestic violence, harassment and forced evictions, to name a few. We would […] Read more

ACTEDO wins the European Award for Local Pro Bono Impact!

November 17, 2016, Amsterdam. In a ceremony at the 10th annual European Pro Bono Forum, ACTEDO receives the European Award for Local Pro Bono Impact in recognition of its outstanding contribution to promoting pro bono lawyering and access to justice in Romania. The award, set up by PILnet (The Global Network for Public Interest Law), one of […] Read more

Interactive workshop for law students – Legal aid for vulnerable groups. A Norwegian model

November 3rd, 2016. ACTEDO, in partnership with Jussbuss, one of the biggest legal clinics in Norway, organized an interactive workshop for law students – Legal aid for vulnerable groups. A Norwegian model, which was held at the Faculty of Law of Babeș-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca. The purpose of the workshop was to familiarize Romanian students […] Read more

The Pro Bono Network for Human Rights has been nominated for the European Award for Local Pro Bono Impact 2016

We are delighted to announce that The Pro Bono Network for Human Rights has been nominated for the European Award for Local Pro Bono Impact 2016! The prize is awarded by PILnet – The Global Network for Public Interest Law, a non-governmental organisation with global coverage, which promotes access to justice, the development of civil […] Read more

Popescu, Mirauta, Bucur Law Firm joins The Pro Bono Network for Human Rights!

 We have the pleasure to announce that a new law firm, Popescu Mirăuță, Bucur, from Constanta has joined the Pro Bono Network for Human Rights! We warmly welcome them and wish them success in both their activities and endeavours to defend human rights in Romania! The Pro Bono Network from Human Rights now collaborates with […] Read more

Bringing Human Rights Education to High Schools

Between June 14th and June 23rd, 2016, the Equality and Human Rights Action Centre (ACTEDO) implemented a new project on human rights education in local high schools in Cluj-Napoca. Visited schools included: Colegiul Național Emil Racoviță, at which ACTEDO spoke with two 9th grade classes and one 11th grade class, and Liceul Teoretic Eugen Pora, at […] Read more

Study Visit in Norway: Legal Aid for Refugees and Immigrants

Between 20-25 April, ACTEDO went to Norway on a study visit to learn more about how Norwegian NGOs and institutions provide legal aid and otherwise assist refugees and immigrants, a particularly relevant topic in the context of the current refugee crisis in Europe. The study visit was funded with the help of EEA Grants through the Fund for Bilateral Relations, […] Read more

Joint Opinion on the ratification of the Istanbul Convention

This joint opinion analyses various aspects and provisions of the Council of Europe Istanbul Convention which still require transposition into domestic law, without aiming to be an exhaustive or comprehensive analysis of the primary, secondary or tertiary legislative instruments or of the institutional framework which regulates this field. The purpose of this joint opinion is […] Read more

Sexual Violence Referral Centres – Policy Paper

Almost 28.5% of women (3 million women) in Romania are victims of physical and/or sexual violence throughout their lives, and 6% of women (600,000 women) fall victim to sexual violence. Thus, sexual violence constitutes a matter of national public health which requires urgent action. Moreover, sexual violence is one of the least reported and sanctioned crimes. […] Read more

Infographic – Sexual Assault Referral Centres

With this infographic, we aim to highlight the obstacles that a victim of sexual violence face, in Romania, from the difficulty in obtaining a medical certificate to filing a complaint or accessing basic healthcare and legal aid. There is an urgent need for sexual violence referral centres in Romania which are able to provide integrated services. As part and coordinators of the NGO Network, Breaking the Silence against Sexual Violence we advocate for the respect of human rights of the victims of sexual violence and urge the authorities to take measures. Read more

The Pro Bono Network for Human Rights Wins 3rd Prize at the Civil Society Gala!

Monday, June 6th 2016, after a tight competition between many initiatives of nongovernmental organisations from all over the country, The Pro Bono Network for Human Rights was awarded 3rd prize at the Civil Society Gala, at the section Protection of Individual/ Collective Human Rights. The prize is a public recognition of The Pro Bono Network’s […] Read more

14 Letters sent to Romanian Public Authorities on Access to Justice

Following the launch of the 2015 activity report of The Pro Bono Network for Human Rights, ACTEDO sent 14 letters to relevant public authorities in the field of access to justice and development, such as: The Romanian Government, The Ministry of Justice, The Ministry of European Funds, The National Association of Romanian Bars, The High Court of […] Read more

The Conclusions of the Conference “Sexual Violence: Challenges and Solutions in the Context of the Ratification of the Istanbul Convention” – Febr. 23, 2016

Bucharest, Febr. 24, 2016 –  The nongovernmental organisations members of the national network Breaking the Silence on Sexual Violence organised yesterday, February 23, 2016, a conference regarding the protection of victims of sexual violence and the Romanian state’s obligations in the area of gender-based violence.  The Conference “Sexual Violence: Challenges and Solutions in the Context of […] Read more

The Access to Education of Children with Disabilities

A.S. is the mother of a child with multiple disabilities, Cătălin, living in Cluj county. Every day, A.S. together with her boy, wake up at 5.45 AM, in order to get to school, in the city of Cluj-Napoca. The two get back home, at 9 pm in the evening, very tired, after having changed several […] Read more

The Pro Bono Network for Human Rights

In 2016, we received over 60 requests for pro bono legal assistance in cases concerning human rights violations of vulnerable groups, such as children, people with disabilities, elderly, Roma, single mothers, women affected by gender based violence, etc. Read more about our cases, represented by the pro bono lawyers. Find out more about our results […] Read more

Legal Clinic – An Instrument for Defending Human Rights

December 11, 2015, Law Faculty, Babeș-Bolyai University Cluj-Napoca. ACTEDO organized a debate on the role of legal clinics in the professional development of law students across the country. Renowned speakers discussed how students can support public interest and why it is crucial for them to assume an active role in social justice.    (Picture taken from Associate […] Read more

The First 10 Months of The Pro Bono Network for Human Rights

We have been active for 10 months now, which is just enough to give us something to talk about. Here are some results of our work together with our Pro Bono Lawyers work in the past 10 months, as well as some testimonies of those involved in this project: beneficiaries of pro bono legal assistance, […] Read more

“40 Days for Life” or Steps towards Limiting Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Rights in Romania

[Article by Alexandra Columban, ACTEDO, published by ASTRA Network, a European publication for Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights] Cluj-Napoca, Romania. For a little over a month, the 2015 European Youth Capital has witnessed an emerging discourse of hostility towards women’s rights to sexual and reproductive health. The issue at stake is, not surprisingly, abortion. […] Read more

Training – “Pro Bono for Human Rights”

In Cluj-Napoca, ACTEDO dedicated the month of November to human rights and anti-discrimination. Two training sessions, with identical content and format, Pro Bono for Human Rights, were organized on November 14th-15th and 28th-29th at Ramada Hotel in Cluj. The two sessions were aimed at strengthening lawyer’s abilities to tackle human rights violations and discrimination cases. All in […] Read more

Do you speak Human Rights?

Do You Speak Human Rights? ACTEDO has been part of a peace advocacy project realized under the United Network of Young Peacebuilders’ umbrella. This human rights education video was created as a result of ACTEDO’s participation to the ‘Youth Advocacy for Peace’ Study Session in Council of Europe’s premises in Budapest. This project presents the […] Read more

Do you speak Women’s Rights?

Do You Speak Women’s Rights? As the 8th of March is the International Women’s Rights Day, people around the world, women and men, speak up and acknowledge the fact that women’s rights are human rights. This video was created by ACTEDO as a follow-up to the below video (Do You Speak Human Rights?) and it presents […] Read more

ACTEDO is Breaking the Silence on Sexual Violence

Sexual Violence in Romania In Romania, approximately 4 out of 20 women are victims of a sexual aggression throughout their lives, as a recent study by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights shows. The same study points to the fact that merely 5% of violent attacks on women are reported to the Police and […] Read more