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„Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

- Martin Luther King
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The Equality and Human Rights Action Centre (ACTEDO) is a non-governmental organization (NGO) established in Cluj-Napoca in 2013 with the goal of promoting fundamental rights and gender equality and acting against human rights violations.

MISSION

Through legal assistance, advocacy, informative and educational activities, ACTEDO contributes to preventing and combatting abuse against the members of our society who are vulnerable to discrimination and social exclusion, supporting them to exercise their rights fully and in complete equality with others.

VISION

We contribute to social change by supporting all citizens, especially vulnerable ones, to enjoy dignity, equal treatment and opportunities in all aspects of their public life.

STRATEGIC DIRECTIONS

  1. ACCES TO JUSTICE. ACTEDO strengthens the effective access to justice of vulnerable groups by promoting and facilitating pro bono legal assistance, organising training sessions for lawyers, and conducting advocacy to influence public policies in order to remove obstacles to justice.
  2. GENDER EQUALITY. We combat gender stereotypes and support victims of gender-based violence through training activities for authorities and practitioners, as well as through reports and guides to promote gender equality in various fields, such as education and justice.
  3. ANTIDISCRIMINATION. We monitor discriminatory and hate speech and take public stances against them, by filing petitions and writing public letters to institutions with responsibilities in this field. We provide training and conduct watchdog activities to prevent and combat discrimination.
  4. HUMAN RIGHTS EDUCATION. We implement raising awareness campaigns and organize workshops on human rights in Romania, for pupils and students, but also for the general public

AFFILIATIONS

ACTEDO is a member of the European Pro Bono Alliance, coordinated by the international organization PILnet and which brings together civil law firms and European NGOs that practice and promote the pro bono movement.

ACTEDO is part of the Coalition for Gender Equality, an informal network of feminist NGOs in Romania, which promotes gender equality and opportunity, through education and advocacy.

Executive team
Board of Directors

ALEXANDRA COLUMBAN

LEGAL REPRESENTATIVE

Alexandra Columban is a human rights practitioner, with over 6 years’ experience in advocacy, project management, research and public policy, in particular in the fields of non-discrimination, gender equality, LGBTQIA rights and victims’ rights. She is currently the association’s Legal Representative, managing ACTEDO and implementing its strategic directions. She was and continues to be involved in The Pro Bono Network for Human Rights, in the national nongovernmental network Breaking the Silence on Sexual Violence, in organizing Cluj Pride and other projects. 

Alexandra has two BAs, in International Relations and European Studies, and in Norwegian and English Language and Literature, respectively, as well as an MA in History of Ideas from Babeş-Bolyai University Cluj-Napoca. Alexandra is currently pursuing a PhD in gender and public policies at the Faculty for Political, Administrative and Communication Sciences, BBU. Alexandra loves travelling, dancing, learning new languages, and has a keen interest in evolutionary biology and psychology.

ELIZA-FLORINA CIOCÎRLAN

COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER

Eliza holds a BA in International Relations and European Studies from the Faculty of European Studies, Babeș-Bolyai University and is currently pursuing an MA at the same Faculty, specialising in International Relations, Diplomacy and Conflict Management, while also studying Law at “Dimitrie Cantemir” Christian University. Her passion for international law, women’s and children’s rights, as well as for social justice has drawn her to ACTEDO, which she joined in order to bring her contribution to social change and to gain practical experience.

In her free time Eliza is an avid blues fan, she enjoys discovering nature, spending time with her family, cooking for loved ones, and listening to life stories.

IOANA MUREȘAN

LEGAL ASSISTANT

Ioana has been studying Law at Babeș-Bolyai University since 2016 and is passionate about human rights and social justice. In 2015 she took part in the project “Grundtvig-Real Life Language Learning”, which brought together refugees in Romania, students and teachers in various school activities, an experience which motivated her to get involved with human rights and to join The Pro Bono Network for Human Rights.

Ioana is passionate about history and tradition and is a big animal lover, especially dogs. In her free time she does modeling, a hobby which has given her the opportunity to travel in all corners of the world.

IMOLA KONCZ

LEGAL ASSISTANT

Imola studies Law at Babeș-Bolyai University and has a wide area of interests, which include the protection of human rights in the context of international law, European Union Law and state cooperation, as well as personal date protection. Imola is a firm believer in the potential of nongovernmenatl organisations to be the pillars of a society where human dignity and equality are a reality, which is why she joined The Pro Bono Network for Human Rights.

In her free time Imola enjoys traveling, discovering new cultures, and gathering her friends for a night of board games.

ANTONIA BOILĂ

LEGAL ASSISTANT

Antonia is currently studying Law at Babeș-Bolyai University and, while in her second year, she discovered for passion for human rights. By getting involved in The Pro Bono Network for Human Rights she hopes to help people who find themselves in vulnerable situations, while equally developing herself on a personal and professional level.

Antonia has a keen interest in narrative journalism which tackles topics such as gender inequality, domestic violence, and racism. In her free time she enjoys discovering new places, taking care of her plants, and practicing calligraphy.

IULIA PASCU

FOUNDING MEMBER

Ioana is a political scientist specialized in international human rights law and practice. She currently works as an Advisor at the Danish Institute for Human Rights, Denmark’s national human rights institution, where she supports the development of partnerships, trainings and provision of technical advice on business and human rights. She previously implemented research and advocacy projects at the International Organization for Migration, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and Amnesty International in Geneva and London.

She holds a PhD in Political Science/International Relations from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (Geneva) as part of which she conducted fieldwork regarding socio-environmental conflicts related to mining operations in Peru. Her hobbies include hiking, dancing, going to film festivals and wandering in bookshops.

ADELA DUMBRĂVAN

FOUNDING MEMBER

Adela Dumbrăvan is a human rights professional with major interests in the protection and promotion of human rights, European law and public international law, conflict prevention, and civil society participation in decision-making processes. She holds a BA in Law from the Babeş-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, and is a graduate of the Erasmus Mundus MA in Human Rights Practice, offered jointly by Roehampton University (UK), University of Gothenburg (Sweden) and Tromsø University (Norway). Adela has gained significant knowledge of EU policies during a legal traineeship with the European Parliament and has previously worked with the Romanian Peace Institute (PATRIR) as a conflict researcher. She contributed to research pieces for the Overseas Development Institute’s European Development Cooperation Strengthening Programme, Fair Trials International and Insight on Conflict.

Her passions include ballroom dancing, reading and discovering new cultures and identities.

IOANA TUȚĂ

FOUNDING MEMBER

Ioana is a political scientist specialized in international human rights law and practice. She currently works as an Advisor at the Danish Institute for Human Rights, Denmark’s national human rights institution, where she supports the development of partnerships, trainings and provision of technical advice on business and human rights. She previously implemented research and advocacy projects at the International Organization for Migration, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and Amnesty International in Geneva and London.

She holds a PhD in Political Science/International Relations from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (Geneva) as part of which she conducted fieldwork regarding socio-environmental conflicts related to mining operations in Peru. Her hobbies include hiking, dancing, going to film festivals and wandering in bookshops.

Activity Report 2019

June 9, 2020
Read ACTEDO's Activity Report for 2019. 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 […]
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ACTEDO Activity Report 2018

September 22, 2019
In 2018, ACTEDO continued its human rights work by facilitating the access to justice of vulnerable groups through The Pro Bono Network for human rights, by advocating for human rights and for the regulation of pro bono legal assistance and representation in Romania, supporting the LGBT+ community, drafting reports as well as participating in other […]
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Activity Report 2017

August 3, 2018
In 2017, ACTEDO played an active role in defending and promoting human rights in Romania. We continued to facilitate the access to justice of vulnerable groups through our programme of pro bono legal assistance, we carried out human rights advocacy work at an international level through UN mechanisms, we supported the local LGBT+ community by organising […]
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Activity Report 2016

February 20, 2017
2016 was a full year for ACTEDO, a year in which we coordinated two national projects, we organised conferences, workshops, trainings and social events, and in which we received two significant awards, which recognize the contribution ACTEDO has brought in Romania. Some of our most notable results in 2016 are:  THE PRO BONO NETWORK FOR HUMAN […]
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ACTEDO's 2015 Activity Report is out

September 5, 2016
We kindly invite you to browse through ACTEDO's most recent Activity Report, which contains the organisation's most important results and activities in 2015, in the 3 strategic programmes that we follow: 1. Access to Justice  – 2015 marks the first year of The Pro Bono Network for Human Rights. With the help of the EEA Grant […]
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One year of the Pro Bono Network for Human Rights

April 16, 2016
The clearinghouse run by ACTEDO, The Pro Bono Network for Human Rights, has completed one year of activity! It was a year of positively solved cases, of challenges and lessons learned, all of which we are pleased to present in The Pro Bono Network for Human Rights. Report: 2015 - The First Year of Activity.  What you […]
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ACTEDO's first Activity Report. Our work in 2013-2014

February 24, 2015
The Equality and Human Rights Action Centre was formed in 2013 by three founding members: Adela Dumbrăvan, Iulia Pascu, Ioana Tuță. In 2014, Alexandra Columban joined our team as an associate member. Throughout 2013 and 2014 we worked to develop our financial support, we established our priorities and strategic directions and diversified our activities. Additionally, we […]
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Training manual for victim support workers dealing with cybercrime victims

September 14, 2021
ACTEDO presents a training manual especially designed for victim support workers dealing with victims of cybercrimes. The manual may be used in training sessions and is organised in the following 10 modules: MODULE 1 - UNDERSTANDING CYBERCRIME PHENOMENA MODULE 2 - LEGAL FRAMEWORK OF CYBERCRIME MODULE 3 - VICTIMOLOGY AND IMPACT OF CYBERCRIME MODULE 4 […]
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Procedures manual for victims of cybercrime and victim support workers

September 14, 2021
ACTEDO has published a manual on cybercrimes, especially created for victim support workers dealing with victims of cybercrime. The manual contains: > definitions and examples of cybercrimes > the legal framework on cybercrimes in Romania and Europe > theoretical perspectives for understanding this phenomenon > the cost and impact of cybercrimes > intervention models for […]
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Hate Speech against Roma and LGBT+ People in Romania 2019-2020. Policy Paper

August 9, 2021
This policy paper documents and exposes a concerning trend whereby Roma and LGBT+ people in Romania are marginalised and degraded through hate speech and hostile public discourse. The report tracks hate speech trends in respect to these two minorities in the period 2019-2020 against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic. Hate speech is used as […]
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VOCIARE Report: The Implementation of The Victims' Directive in Romania

August 8, 2019
We are pleased to announce the successful completion of the European project Vociare: Victims of Crime Implementation Analysis of Rights in Europe, coordinated by Victim Support Europe (VSE) and The Portuguese Association for Victim Support (APAV), in which ACTEDO was a partner, together with 20 other organisation across Europe. The goal of the project, which […]
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ACTEDO's submission for the UN Universal Periodic Review (UPR)

July 5, 2017
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 […]
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Infographic The Pro Bono Network for Human Rights - 2016

February 21, 2017
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One year of the Pro Bono Network for Human Rights

April 16, 2016
The clearinghouse run by ACTEDO, The Pro Bono Network for Human Rights, has completed one year of activity! It was a year of positively solved cases, of challenges and lessons learned, all of which we are pleased to present in The Pro Bono Network for Human Rights. Report: 2015 - The First Year of Activity.  What you […]
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The Access to Education of Children with Disabilities

March 17, 2016
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 […]
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Sexual Violence Referral Centres - Policy Paper

February 24, 2016
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. […]
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Joint Opinion on the ratification of the Istanbul Convention

January 24, 2016
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 […]
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FIRST PRIZE IN THE ''YOUTH COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT'' CATEGORY at the Romanian Youth Gala

november 2017, Bacău

FIRST PRIZE IN THE ''YOUTH COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT'' CATEGORY at the Romanian Youth Gala, organised in Bacău, November 2017 by the Ministry for Youth and Sports.

The prize was awarded to the team behind the #SpuneDrept campaign during Cluj Pride 2017: the LGBTQIA activists now members of the NGOs PRIDE Romania and PRISMA, Go Free Association and ACTEDO. The first edition of the LGBTQIA community festival in the heart of Transylvania was built around the online campaign #SpuneDrept (which roughly translates to #SayItRight/ #SayItTruthfully), which gathered the community and their allies, who, through video messages, expressed their solidarity and support for equal rights regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Moreover, through the #SpuneDrept march, LGBTQIA people lay a claim to the public space of Cluj and exercised their right to free assembly.

EUROPEAN AWARD FOR LOCAL PRO BONO IMPACT at the European Pro Bono Forum

17 november 2016, Amsterdam

The prize honours the best local legal project in the European Union. It was awarded by PILnet – The Global Network for Public Interest Law, one of the biggest international organizations that promotes the rule of law and human rights through legal instruments. A jury of law specialists and civil society leaders at a European level chose The Pro Bono Human Rights Network as the winner out of 17 remarkable pro bono initiatives across EU Member States.

 

THIRD PRIZE FOR DEFENSE OF INDIVIDUAL/ COLLECTIVE RIGHTS at the Civil Society Gala

 6 june 2016, Romania

Since 2002, the Civil Society Gala has promoted and has annually celebrated the activity of the nonprofit sector in Romania. Our project, The Pro Bono Human Rights Network, was selected from a total of 13 projects submitted in the category “Defence of Individual/ Collective Rights”. The jury consisted of leaders and opinion-makers from civil society and the non-profit sector, journalists, sociologists, researchers, public figures, and representatives of the private sector.

 

ACTEDO’s website was updated in the project INTEGRIS: Integrated Support for Human Rights, implemented by the Equality and Human Rights Action Centre (ACTEDO), in partnership with the Centre for Legal Resources (CLR).  The project benefits from a 197.716,41 euros grant from Active Citizens Fund Romania, programme funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA Grants Grants 2014 -2021. The content of this website does not necessarily reflect the official position of the EEA and Norway Grants 2014-2021; for more information visit www.eeagrants.org. More details about Active Citizens Fund Romania are available at www.activecitizensfund.ro.

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