read the article »Published: Wednesday, 14 September 2016 · comments · Rapid Response
28 Romanian and International human rights organizations criticize the initiative to amend the definition of family in the Romanian Constitution
read the article »Published: Monday, 18 July 2016 · comments · Events and Activities
Open letter to Ms Katie Buchanan, Producer of “The Romanians are coming”
Dear Ms. Katie Buchanan,
The undersigned Romanian organizations below would like thank you for the production "The Romanians are Coming" - the two episodes of which have been broadcast on Channel 4.
read the article »Published: Wednesday, 4 March 2015 · comments · FreeEx, Rapid Response, Antidiscrimination
ActiveWatch, a human rights organization that fights for free communication in the public interest, condemns the abusive behaviour of Korosi Csoma Sandor High School’s class master and management, who have prevented a student from wearing a fashion accessory that had the colours of the Romanian flag. Even if the gesture of the student and of her schoolmates can be construed as provocative to the Hungarian colleagues (in the context it occurred), it falls under the limits of the freedom of expression, as there are no serious grounds to justify its sanctioning. If the student acted in a way that has lead to reactions from colleagues, this could have been sanctioned according to the school regulation, but not by confiscating or forbidding the headband.
ActiveWatch is asking the journalists to act responsibly and no longer publish the picture of the student, because she is a minor, but also because they risk exposing her to unpleasant situations taking into consideration that the student already received death threats. We also ask the journalists and politicians to prove maximum responsibility in the way they publicly speak about this topic and not to amplify the tension by exploiting nationalist topics. We would like to remind everybody that, in this context, children are victims of the nationalist discourse uttered by several politicians and supported by the media in the recent years.
read the article »Published: Friday, 22 March 2013 · comments · FreeEx, Rapid Response, Antidiscrimination
Bucharest, 21 March 2013
Policy Center for Roma and Minorities together with ActiveWatch Romania and Agentia Împreună raise serious concern on the declarations of the Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta during a 23 minutes interview on HARDtalk show on BBC World News on 19 March 2013. During the interview, Mr. Ponta’s statements reflected and further enforced the societal racist and discriminatory position of the majority population in Romania towards Roma ethnics. We demand a public statement that clarifies the official position of the Romanian government towards the Roma minority in Romania, hence in the European Union.
In an effort to restore Romania’s image during an interview taken by Mrs. Zeinab Badawi, Mr. Ponta alienates Roma from the rest of the Romanian citizens, blames Roma for the negative perception of Romania abroad by labeling them as criminals and denies the discrimination of Roma by the majority population in Romania despite studies issued by public institutions such as the National Council for Combatting Discrimination that indicate otherwise . Mr. Ponta describes “benefit tourism” in UK and Germany as “a specific situation of the Roma community” and indirectly designates Roma community as a scape goat for the migration issues of Romanian citizens in western countries. Though expressing several times during the interview full commitment to respond to the needs of the Roma community in Romania, Mr. Ponta shows a poor understanding of the Roma, lacks proper documentation and enforces through ambiguities many of the prejudices of the majority population towards Roma.
read the article »Published: Thursday, 21 March 2013 · comments · Antidiscrimination, Events and Activities
On the evening of February 20th 2013, at 6 p.m., a cultural event organised with the support of the US Embassy in Bucharest and held at the Museum of the Romanian Peasant during the LGBT History Month (lesbians, gay and transgender people, bisexuals) was violently interrupted by a rightwing extremist group’s act of occupying the New Cinema of the Romanian Director hall.
read the article »Published: Friday, 22 February 2013 · comments · Antidiscrimination
read the article »Published: Monday, 4 February 2013 · comments · Antidiscrimination
We congratulate The Romanian Peasant Museum (RPM) for its decision to host cultural events included within "LGBT History Month" organized by Accept Romania. We believe that The Museum's coordinators proved their openness to cultural issues of great importance and actuality. We are aware that there have been voices criticizing the RPM team’s decision, but those ones ignore the human rights core values. We therefore support the RPM team in this decision!
read the article »Published: Wednesday, 30 January 2013 · comments · Antidiscrimination
Complaint issued to The National Anti discrimination Council against the existence, in the high-school regulations, of an article through which the school institution forbids boys to wear a mustache or to wear their hear longer than 5 cm
read the article »Published: Tuesday, 13 March 2012 · comments · Antidiscrimination
ActiveWatch – Agenţia de Monitorizare a Presei sesizează Consiliul Naţional al Adiovizualului în legătură cu emisiunea "România de poveste" difuzată de către Romania TV în data de 11 februarie 2012, ora 22:00
read the article »Published: Friday, 17 February 2012 · comments · Antidiscrimination
read the article »Published: Thursday, 4 August 2011 · comments · Antidiscrimination
Available only in Romanian version.
read the article »Published: Thursday, 4 August 2011 · comments · Antidiscrimination
[caption id="attachment_1752" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="captură de imagine: Mediafax.ro"][/caption] Mediafax a publicat ieri o știre despre o declarație dată presei la Deva de către Ministrul Muncii, Sebastian Lăzăroiu. Ministrul făcea vorbire de o anchetă a Ministerului care descoperise nereguli în acordarea certificatelor de handicap de către Asociația de Psihiatrie Arizona. Știrea poate fi citită aici. Materialul a fost preluat de mai multe medii, cu exact același conținut.
read the article »Published: Wednesday, 3 August 2011 · comments · Antidiscrimination
[caption id="attachment_1708" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="sursa foto: TVR.ro"][/caption] Dacă aş fi fost joi seara în studioul TVR 2 şi aş fi fost chestionat de domnul Pîrvoiu, aş fi rămas perplex. Cel mai probabil, nu aş mai fi fost un partener viabil de dialog şi nici nu aş fi adus consistenţă subiectului pus în discuţie. De ce? Pentru că sunt o fire sensibilă, cu aspiraţii mari şi cu apetit pentru discuţiile aplicate.
read the article »Published: Friday, 29 July 2011 · comments · Antidiscrimination
The complaint to the Ethics Commission of the Public Television: Pîrvoiu's racist attitude in "Ora de știri" is available only in Romanian version.
read the article »Published: Thursday, 28 July 2011 · comments · Antidiscrimination
Complaint on discriminatory statements of the President and lack of reaction or encouragements from the TV show host. Only Romanian version.
read the article »Published: Saturday, 26 March 2011 · comments · Antidiscrimination
Only Romanian version.
read the article »Published: Wednesday, 2 March 2011 · comments · Antidiscrimination
Iritat de lipsa de profesionalism a unor oameni din radio şi televiziune, psihiatrul Florin Tudose a debuşat în timpul unui interviu acordat pentru site-ul www.inpolitics.ro. Referitor la proiectul de lege al senatorului Liviu Câmpanu, conform căruia parlamentarii ar trebui supuşi anual unui control psihiatric, doctorul a declarat următoarele: “Aș susține oricând o lege care să presupună ca moderatorii de televiziune și comentatorii politici care intră într-o emisiune televizată să fie examinați psihic înainte de a avea acces pe sticlă.
read the article »Published: Wednesday, 9 February 2011 · comments · Antidiscrimination
Reaction against Ludovic Orban's statements during the electoral campaign: "Who votes for Basescu? Alcoholics, gipsies and prostitutes. Although I doubt prostitutes will vote for Basescu, given his look"
read the article »Published: Thursday, 11 November 2010 · comments · Antidiscrimination
An abstract: ActiveWatch protests against the President's statements during his visit in Slovenia, on Novermber 3rd 2010. Traian Băsescu said that: " Many Roma traditionally live of what they steal" and "we have a problem concerning the integration of the Roma population and it must be said: veru few of them accept work"
read the article »Published: Friday, 5 November 2010 · comments · Antidiscrimination
Soferii bucuresteni isi baga... masinile in marcajele pentru nevazatori. In ultima vreme au inceput sa apara si in Bucuresti marcajele tactile destinate persoanelor cu dizabilitati senzoriale. Acele benzi galbene, care pot fi vazute la unele treceri de pietoni, au rolul de a ghida persoanele cu deficiente de vaz. Din pacate, dupa cum se vede in imaginile atasate, unii soferi le confunda cu locuri de parcare, fapt care le face inutizilizabile de catre cei carora le sunt destinate.
read the article »Published: Tuesday, 29 June 2010 · comments · Antidiscrimination