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Corporate Social Responsibility in action: partnerships for change - round table with NGOs and companies

November 27, 2023
On Thursday, November 23, we organized, together with the Cluj Francophone Business Club (CFAC), an interactive meeting with a number of socially responsible companies and NGOs from Cluj, entitled CSR in action: partnerships for change. We wanted to bring together civil society with the business environment to start building a bridge between these insufficiently connected […]
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Case #132: Legal assistance in a case of domestic violence

November 21, 2023
Vulnerable group: women, children; Human rights area: domestic violence; This case is about a lady, a victim of domestic violence. The beneficiary has two children in her care, a minor at risk and an adult at risk, with suicidal thoughts, as they are constantly abused by their ex-husband. The woman had a protection order against […]
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Podcast: Human Rights in Iceland. Promising Practices

September 7, 2023
This podcast is based on a study visit in Iceland done by the Equality and Human Rights Action Center (ACTEDO) in June 2023. Over the course of a week, we were welcomed by 9 organizations whose work centers on human rights, particularly gender equality and LGBTQIA+ rights. Why Iceland? The country has been a global […]
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Booklet: Human Rights in Iceland. Promising practices

August 28, 2023
"The present booklet came about as a result of a fruitful study visit conducted by ACTEDO in Iceland, in June 2023, when our team met with no less than nine civic society organisations and public bodies working on fostering human rights and gender equality in the Scandinavian island. In spite of its small population or […]
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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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Handbook for Secondary School Teachers: Teaching and Integrating Gender Equality in the Classroom

August 14, 2023
The handbook supports teachers in understanding the impact they have in the formation of an inclusive society, as well as providing concrete suggestions for integrating gender equality in the classroom. The handbook is primarily addressed to secondary education teaching staff, especially from middle school and high school, regardless of their specialization. At the same time, […]
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ACTEDO Activity Report 2022

August 14, 2023
"After two extremely difficult years caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the year 2022 did not allow Romania to thoroughly recover, but, on the contrary, commenced with Russia's war against Ukraine, a war that led to a refugee crisis and an energy crisis both in Romania and across Europe. In order to support people fleeing the […]
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IMPACT.org: Amplifying the impact of civil society in Transylvania

July 3, 2023
On June 1st, ACTEDO launched the project "IMPACT.org: Amplifying the impact of civil society in Transylvania", implemented in partnership with the Francophone Business Club Cluj Association (CFAC). The shrinking civic space and a certain volatility of civil society in Romania leads to a low level of trust in NGOs and a poor understanding of their […]
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First National Pro Bono Forum in Romania, a major conference dedicated to fundamental rights and social justice, organized in Cluj-Napoca

June 15, 2023
14 June 2023, Cluj-Napoca. The Equality and Human Rights Action Centre (ACTEDO), in partnership with the Centre for Legal Resources (CRJ) and with the support of the Cluj Bar Association, organised on Tuesday 13 June the first National Pro Bono Forum in the country, a large-scale conference dedicated to fundamental rights and social justice. The […]
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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 #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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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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ACTEDO's Activity report for 2020-2021

April 20, 2022
We are happy to present to you our activity report for 2020-2021. The report can be downloaded in Romanian here and in English here. "Like other organizations and institutions, ACTEDO has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, firstly by the restrictions which have raised logistical and organizational problems and, secondly, by the increase in the […]
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"Strategic Human Rights Cases. Justice in Support of the Citizen"- Official Launch of the project INTEGRIS: Integrated Support for Human Rights

November 25, 2021
On the occasion of European Pro Bono Week*, on November 25th, 2021, ACTEDO and the Center for Legal Resources (CRJ), with the support of ACCEPT, ANAIS and The Pro Bono Network for Human Rights, officially launched the project INTEGRIS: Integrated Support for Human Rights, with an online event called: Strategic Human Rights Cases. Justice in […]
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Workshop: Inclusion and Nondiscrimination of LGBTQ People

November 5, 2021
Thursday, November 4th, 2021, ACTEDO, together with the Center for Legal Resources (CLR), with the support of [H]LGBTQ United Brasov, organized a workshop dedicated to support service providers for people in vulnerable situations, entitled: Inclusion and Nondiscrimination of LGBTQ People. The workshop was built around the main issues that the LGBTQ minority (lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender people, queer […]
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Workshop: Good Practices for the Protection and Support of Survivors of Domestic Violence

October 29, 2021
Thursday, October 28th, 2021, ACTEDO, together with the Center for Legal Resources (CLR), with the support of The Eastern European Institute of Reproductive Health (IEESR) and the Association for Liberty and Equality of Gender (A.L.E.G.), organized a workshop dedicated to support service providers for people in vulnerable situations, entitled: Good Practices for the Protection and […]
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Workshop: The Roma Minority - (Non)discrimination, Housing Rights and Hate Speech.

October 22, 2021
Thursday, October 21st, 2021, between 17:00 and 19:00, ACTEDO, together with the Center for Legal Resources (CLR), organized a workshop dedicated to providers of support services for people in vulnerable situations, entitled: The Roma Minority: (Non)discrimination, Housing Rights and Hate Speech. The workshop was built around current problems and solutions to ensure the inclusion of […]
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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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We've started "EGALIS: gender equality through social change and education"

June 15, 2021
Through education we can change outdated mentalities and build a society in which girls and women have equal opportunities, respect and full rights. Education is the best way to prevent sexism, discrimination and gender-based violence. As part of the Coalition for Gender Equality we are pleased to announce that we have started the implementation of […]
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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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INTERSECT – Changing the narrative of discrimination

November 4, 2019
The project "INTERSECT – Changing the narrative of discrimination" aims at fighting against discrimination of Roma, through activities on raising awareness on discrimination and its negative impact on society; and a strong component of empowering the Roma at local level and promoting their participation in developing, implementing and monitoring policies that affect them. It also […]
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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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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 does not support the redefinition of marriage in the Romanian Constitution

September 19, 2018
September 11th. The Romanian Senate approved (with 107 votes in favour, 13 against, and 7 abstentions) the bill to revise Art. 48 of the Romanian Constitution as to redefine the notion of marriage as the union between man and woman and not spouses, as the Constitution currently states. The referendum is set to take place […]
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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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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 2018

March 29, 2019
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Infographic The Pro Bono Network for Human Rights - 2016

February 21, 2017
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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 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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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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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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New lawyers from Maramures, Bihor and Galati

November 14, 2017
We are pleased to announce that the Pro Bono Human Rights Network has expanded for the first time in the counties of Maramures and Galati through the new Pro Bono Lawyers: Alina Mureşan and Simina Negulescu (Maramureş Bar) Loredana Pruna (Galati Bar) Also, the Pro Bono network strengthens its position in Bihor County through av. […]
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RPB goes to Oradea through lawyer Andrei Tarau

November 14, 2017
For the first time, the Pro Bono Network for Human Rights is also present in Bihor County through the individual lawyer's office Andrei Tărău from Oradea. We thank the lawyer and welcome hime to the Pro Bono Network for Human Rights!
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Lawyer Carina Vermesan joins RPB

November 14, 2017
We are glad to have at our Pro Bono Network for Human Rights  lawyer Carina Vermeşan, a member of the Bucharest Bar. We give her a warm welcome and wish her as many positive pro bono cases as possible!
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Bejenaru and Partners joins RPB

November 14, 2017
2017 started well with an increasing number of lawyers wishing to pro bono to help people in vulnerable situations. Following the expansion of the Pro Bono Human Rights Network for the first time in Moldova, in Iasi County, we are glad to announce that Bejenaru and Partners, one of the most respected law firms in […]
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RPB goes to Moldova, lawyer Smarandita Colta from Iasi joins the network

November 14, 2017
For the first time, the Pro Bono Human Rights Network is also present in Moldova through the individual Law Office Smarandita Colta in Iasi. It is news that we enjoy, especially as we receive periodic requests from this region. We thank Ms. Colta and welcome her to the Pro Bono Network!
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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 Conclusions of the Conference "Sexual Violence: Challenges and Solutions in the Context of the Ratification of the Istanbul Convention" - Febr. 23, 2016

March 1, 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 […]
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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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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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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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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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One year of the Pro Bono Network

May 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 our report The Pro Bono Network for Human Rights. Report: 2015 - The First Year of Activity.  […]
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Legal Clinic - An Instrument for Defending Human Rights

March 17, 2016
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 Professor Sergiu […]
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Access to education children with disabilities

March 15, 2016
A.S. is the mother of a child with multiple disabilities, Cătălin, living in Cluj county. Every day, A.S. and her boy wake up at 5.45 a.m. in order to get to school on time, in the city of Cluj-Napoca. The two get back home at 9 p.m., very tired after having changed several means of […]
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Our 10 months achievements

November 17, 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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Website-ul ACTEDO a fost actualizat în cadrul proiectului INTEGRIS: Sprijin integrat pentru drepturile omului, derulat de Centrul de Acțiune pentru Egalitate și Drepturile Omului (ACTEDO), în parteneriat cu Centrul de Resurse Juridice (CRJ), proiect care beneficiază de o finanțare în valoare de 197.716,41 euro prin programul Active Citizens Fund România, finanțat de Islanda, Liechtenstein și Norvegia prin Granturile SEE 2014-2021. Conținutul acestui website nu reprezintă în mod necesar poziția oficială a Granturilor SEE și Norvegiene 2014-2021. Pentru mai multe informații accesați www.eeagrants.org. Informații despre Active Citizens Fund România sunt disponibile la www.activecitizensfund.ro.

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