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Case #131: Access rights for the family of a minor in the care of a father under investigation for child abuse

September 1, 2023
Vulnerable group: children Human rights area: children's rights A new case was taken over through The Pro Bono Network for Human Rights. The applicant is a lady whose sister died two years ago, leaving two minor children: a girl from her first marriage, whom she has in her care by court order, and a boy from a cohabiting relationship, […]
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Practical Guide on Fighting Discrimination and Hate Crimes against LGBTI people

August 14, 2023
LGBTI people in Romania are often targets of discrimination and hatred.Although domestic and international legislation offers protection to LGBTI people against discrimination and hate crimes, Romania has been repeatedly condemned by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) for inadequate investigations in cases of violence against people belonging to sexual minorities, a sad reality in […]
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NATIONAL PRO BONO FORUM: Fundamental rights and social justice in Romania in the context of the shrinking of civic space, Cluj-Napoca, June 13

May 25, 2023
In recent years, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the war in Ukraine and the energy crisis, social and political polarization has been more pronounced than ever before, and many fundamental rights, especially those of minorities, have come under fierce attack from many social and political actors. At the global level, there is a stagnation or even […]
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Case #129: Intersectional discrimination in accessing banking services

May 18, 2023
Vulnerable group: roma people Human rights area: discrimination (criterion: Roma ethnicity, level of education) A new case was taken over through The Pro Bono Network for Human Rights. It is about a Roma man who, trying to open a salary account at a banking institution, was refused on the grounds that he "cannot read and write", so it was […]
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Case #128: Obtaining the accompanying allowance in court

May 16, 2023
Vulnerable group: people with disabilities Human rights area: rights of people with disabilities A new case was taken over through The Pro Bono Network for Human Rights. The request came from a lady who has a son who is classified as permanently blind and without a personal assistant. The lady tried in court to obtain the attendant's allowance by […]
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Case #127: Legal assistance in a rape case

May 8, 2023
Vulnerable group: women Human rights area: crime against sexual freedom and integrity A new case was taken over through The Pro Bono Network for Human Rights. The case concerns a young female student who filed a criminal complaint with the police for the crime of rape. After attending an art exhibition, she went with several people she knew to […]
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Case #124: Minor physically and emotionally abused by his father seeks residence with maternal grandparents

February 16, 2023
Vulnerable group:  minors Human rights area: children’s rights, domestic violence, emotional abuse County: Satu-Mare A new case was taken over through The Pro Bono Network for Human Rights. It is about a 10-year-old minor, who was taken last year by DGASPC Satu-Mare, from the custody of his father who physically and emotionally abused him for 3 years. A restraining order […]
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Case #123: At-risk single parent sued by neighboursCase #123:

January 13, 2023
Vulnerable group:  single parent family, people with disabilities Human rights area: the right of persons with disabilities Bucharest A new case was taken over through The Pro Bono Network for Human Rights. The request came from a man who was being sued by his neighbors, and the reason was that his severely disabled son was causing noise nuisance. Although the plaintiff tried […]
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Case #122: Harassment at the workplace

January 12, 2023
Vulnerable group:  women Human rights area: labor law County: Sibiu A new case was taken over through The Pro Bono Network for Human Rights. The request came from a woman who was the victim of workplace harassment by her superior. The lady in question works for an association and is constantly verbally threatened, she is assigned tasks that are not part of her […]
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Case #121: Legal advice for a refugee from Ukraine

January 12, 2023
Vulnerable group:  refugees Human rights area: refugees' rights A new case was taken over through The Pro Bono Network for Human Rights. The request came from a refugee from Ukraine who arrived in Moldova when the war started. The applicant worked on a boat and the company that employed him promised to issue him with the necessary documents, but this […]
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Case #118: Legal assistance for acquiring Romanian citizenship

December 12, 2022
Vulnerable group: refugees Human rights area: acquisition of citizenship A new case was taken over through The Pro Bono Network for Human Rights. It concerns a family of Ukrainian origin, whose members are currently refugees in Bulgaria. The person contacted us because she needs legal assistance to see if there is a possibility for her husband to acquire Romanian […]
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Case #117: Discharge of a mortgage on a property by an employer of a disabled person

December 12, 2022
Vulnerable group: people with disabilities Human rights area: workers' right to information and consultation within the undertaking County: Brașov A new case was taken over through The Pro Bono Network for Human Rights. The request came from a man who was employed as a delivery driver, whose job duties included collecting the value of goods delivered. The employer required him to conclude […]
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RECOMMENDATIONS Free access to justice for vulnerable groups in a democratic judicial system

November 22, 2022
In November, ACTEDO and the Center for Legal Resources (CRJ) launched a study on access to justice for vulnerable groups, which identifies a series of legislative gaps in the field and proposes concrete measures, including legislative changes, to improve access to justice. The study is designed for lawyers, magistrates and other legal professionals, as well […]
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REPORT Free access to justice for vulnerable groups in a democratic judicial system

August 14, 2023
"Globally, it is estimated that almost four billion people live outside the protection of the law, mostly because of poverty or because they are marginalized by society.[1] In Romania, in 2020, 35.8% of the population lived at the poverty line and at risk of social exclusion, the highest proportion in the European Union, where the […]
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Round table, Cluj Bar: Free access to justice for vulnerable groups, in a democratic judicial system

November 17, 2022
Equality and Human Rights Action Centre (ACTEDO), the Center for Legal Resources (CRJ) and the Cluj Bar Association will organise on Thursday, November 24, 2022, between 1:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., at the headquarters of the Cluj Bar Association, on Pavel Roșca Street, no. . 8, a round table, entitled: Free access to justice for […]
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The Pro Bono Network for Human Rights is expanding: 132 member lawyers

July 25, 2022
From the beginning of 2022 until July, 24 lawyers from all over the country joined the Pro Bono Network for Human Rights, thus the total number of ACTEDO's collaborating lawyers reached 132. They became members following training activities conducted by our organization, the thematic workshops held this year, following a recommendation from other lawyers who […]
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ACTEDO provides pro bono legal assistance for refugees from Ukraine

March 3, 2022
March 3, 2022. Equality and Human Rights Action Centre (ACTEDO), a human rights organization from Romania stands in solidarity with Ukraine and the Ukrainian people and provides pro bono legal assistance to people affected by the war started by Russia, joining the campaign "Lawyers for refugees ” of the National Union of Romanian Bar Associations. […]
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Lawyers who joined The Pro Bono Network for Human Rights in 2021

December 30, 2021
In 2021, 9 lawyers from all over the country became members of the Pro Bono Network for Human Rights, the largest pro bono clearinghouse in Romania, dedicated to vulnerable people. In total, ACTEDO collaborates with 108 lawyers at the national level to resolve various cases of violations of fundamental rights. The lawyers who joined in […]
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ACTEDO launches a database with assistance services at the national level for people in vulnerable situations

September 16, 2021
ACTEDO provides a database with national assistance services for people in vulnerable situations, for example: The database contains the following types of services – most of them free – grouped as follows: [1] The information in this section comes from research carried out by the Center for Legal Resources (CRJ) within the project VICToRIIA: Best […]
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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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Project ROAR: Cybercrime Victims Empowerment

September 4, 2019
Between 1% and 15% of Europeans fall victim to a type of cybercrime yearly, which means that between 5 and 76 million people are affected by online fraud, identity theft, cyberbullying or online sexual exploitation[1]. The majority of these attacks go unnoticed and are not reported. Successfully preventing and fighting cybercrime involves an accurate understanding […]
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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 Recommendations to Romania at UPR taken up by several UN member states

March 21, 2018
On December 14th, 2017, Equality and Human Rights Action Centre (ACTEDO) presented its report for the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) on the evolution of human rights in Romania in the past 5 years. At the UPR Pre-session held at the UN headquarters in Geneva, ACTEDO addressed the issue of the access to justice of vulnerable groups, as […]
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At the UN ACTEDO urges Romania to fulfil its obligations assumed through international human rights treaties

December 20, 2017
December 14, Geneva, United Nations. Equality and Human Rights Action Centre (ACTEDO) presented its report for the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) on the evolution of human rights in Romania in the past 5 years. ACTEDO addressed the issue of the access to justice of vulnerable groups, as well as sexual and reproductive health and rights, and made 7 […]
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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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ACTEDO wins the European Award for Local Pro Bono Impact!

November 22, 2016
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 […]
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The Pro Bono Network for Human Rights has been nominated for the European Award for Local Pro Bono Impact 2016

November 2, 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 […]
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Study Visit in Norway: Legal Aid for Refugees and Immigrants

May 12, 2016
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, […]
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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 Pro Bono Network for Human Rights Wins 3rd Prize at the Civil Society Gala!

June 7, 2016
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 […]
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14 Letters sent to Romanian Public Authorities on Access to Justice

May 24, 2016
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 […]
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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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Legal Clinic - An Instrument for Defending Human Rights

December 22, 2015
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 www.clujust.ro) Associate […]
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The First 10 Months of The Pro Bono Network for Human Rights

November 9, 2015
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, […]
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Training - "Pro Bono for Human Rights"

November 4, 2014
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 […]
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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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