Rapid Response

ActiveWatch reacts publicly when it discovers or is notified about flagrant violations of the principles and rights it defends.

In addition to our media monitoring activities, we publish studies and reports, organize protests, and expose abuses. These findings are then submitted to the public for debate.

To resolve these issues, ActiveWatch addresses those directly concerned and makes contact with relevant stakeholders. Often times, the protests, press releases and open letters we initiate integrate the efforts of several organizations and entities.

These situations require fast and resolute action in order to prevent serious social impact in Romania.

As activists advocating free speech in the public interest, ActiveWatch tries to educate people to make common cause against abuses affecting human rights and more importantly, abuses that affect the fundamental operating principles of our democratic state.
These actions benefit us all. Our interventions are decisive and high impact steps that have long lasting effects.

Annually, ActiveWatch initiates over 100 rapid responses that don’t remain unanswered—this speaks to the fact that it is important to have a voice and take action. If you agree, and would like to add your voice to ours, please consider supporting our work by making a donation today.

Update/ Senators, vote AGAINST the amendments to the Agerpres law!

Reporters without Borders, European Center for Press and Media Freedom, ActiveWatch, Romanian Trade Union of Journalists - MediaSind, Center for Independent Journalism and Convention of the Media Organizations urge the Romanian Senate not to adopte today dangerous ammendments to the National Press Agency Agerpres Law.

read the article »Published: Monday, 30 October 2017 · comments · FreeEx, Rapid Response

Open letter addressed to the members of the International Jury for according the title of ‘European Capital of Culture - 2021’

read the article »Published: Wednesday, 14 September 2016 · comments · Rapid Response, Rapid Response

Romanian Secret Services uses European Funding for mass surveillance project disguised as eGovernment

The Romanian Secret Service (SRI) is granted European funding in order to acquire software and hardware for “consolidating and assuring interoperability between information systems”. In translation this means a mass surveillance project where SRI and other public institutions would potentially have unlimited access to personal data collected and integrated in a large scale Big Brother system.

read the article »Published: Monday, 8 August 2016 · comments · Good Governance, Rapid Response

Amnesty International: “Romania should comply with their obligations”

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, Rapid Response

Net Neutrality: 73 NGOs from around the world send letter to EU regulators

Today, ActiveWatch joined forces with EDRi and 71 other civil society organisations from the five continents of the world to ask European Telecom Regulators to uphold net neutrality in the current negotiations about the future of the Open Internet in the European Union.

read the article »Published: Monday, 2 May 2016 · comments · FreeEx, Rapid Response, Good Governance, Rapid Response

500 signatories, including Nobel prize winners ask UK and Sweden to cease on the arbitrarily detention of Julian Assange

Before the 31st United Nations Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva today, 500 human rights organizations, law professors, former UN office holders, and high-profile rights defenders including four Nobel Peace Prize winners have urged the governments of Sweden and the United Kingdom to respect the United Nations’ decision to free Julian Assange. The statement was delivered to the Swedish and UK Permanent Representatives to the United Nations in Geneva. ActiveWatch has joined the list of signatories.

read the article »Published: Tuesday, 1 March 2016 · comments · FreeEx, Rapid Response

25 international organizations call calls for investigation into surveillance of Romanian journalist Cătălin Tolontan

We call for an immediate, thorough and impartial investigation of this incident to discourage similar incidents in the future, and believe it would constitute an important step towards demonstrating that the call for accountability from the Romanian people is being heard.

read the article »Published: Monday, 14 December 2015 · comments · FreeEx, Rapid Response

Letter to Channel 4 on "Romanians are Coming"

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, Rapid Response

Reporters without Borders has launched the World Press Freedom Index 2015

Reporters Without Borders has published the World Press Freedom Index 2015. Romania ranks 52, with a score very close to the United States of America, and above other EU member states (Croatia, Italy, Bulgaria). Comparing to the previos ranking, Romania is 7 seats down, and the recorded score is slightly smaller. 

read the article »Published: Thursday, 12 February 2015 · comments · FreeEx, Rapid Response

Two months preventive detention ordered for Azerbaijani journalist

Two months preventive detention ordered for Azerbaijani journalist

read the article »Published: Wednesday, 10 December 2014 · comments · FreeEx, Rapid Response

ActiveWatch: We demand the prosecution of police violence against a journalist in the tourist hub of Bucharest

To: Ministry of Interior and the General Inspectorate of Romanian Police
The attention of the Minister Gabriel Oprea and Mr Petre Toba, General Inspector of Romanian Police

read the article »Published: Wednesday, 12 November 2014 · comments · FreeEx, Rapid Response

The Coalition for Open Data's comments on the Digital Agenda during public consultation

read the article »Published: Friday, 1 August 2014 · comments · Good Governance, Rapid Response

How many unconstitutionality rulings do you need in order to respect our privacy?

These days Romania is going through an absurd competition between the state – that keeps imposing laws designed to give it complete control over the citizens' communications – and the justice system, that can't stop ruling these laws unconstitutional.

read the article »Published: Thursday, 10 July 2014 · comments · FreeEx, Rapid Response

It's Time to End the Justice Dept's Criminal Investigation Into WikiLeaks

The Honorable Eric Holder
Attorney General
United States Department of Justice
Washington, D.C. 20530
June 19, 2014
Dear Attorney General Holder,

read the article »Published: Tuesday, 24 June 2014 · comments · FreeEx, Rapid Response

Stop surveillance activities in Romania!

Please read and if you agree, sign this petition to stop surveillance activities in Romania

read the article »Published: Thursday, 12 June 2014 · comments · FreeEx, Rapid Response,

Freedom of expression under attack: insult and libel reincriminate

16 December 2013

H. E. Victor Ponta
Prime Minister of Romania
Guvernul României
Piata Victoriei nr. 1, sector 1
Bucuresti, Romania
Fax +40213191588, +4021 3139846
Email: victorponta2.0@gmail.com

CC: Valeriu Zgonea, Head of the Chamber of Deputies
Str. Izvor nr.2-4, Camera 4123, Sect.5, Bucuresti
Tel/Fax: +40 214 14 19 89
Email: zgonea@cdep.ro, cabinet.presedinte@cdep.ro
Crin Antonescu, Head of the Senate
Calea 13 Septembrie nr. 1-3, sector 5, Bucuresti, 050711
Fax: +4021 315 89 42, +4021 315 89 43, +4021 315 60 03
E-mail: presa@senat.ro

Your Excellency,

We the undersigned 35 organisations, members and partners of IFEX, express our deep concern that the Romanian Parliament voted to recriminalise insult and libel as part of a wider amendment of the Penal Code, thus undoing the progress made by Romania during the last eight years to legally protect the right to freedom of expression. Criminalisation of insult and libel is a serious attack on this right, as it works to intimidate voices who criticise the structures of power in society and expose corruption, abuse and other wrongdoings.
 

read the article »Published: Tuesday, 17 December 2013 · comments · FreeEx, Rapid Response

Freedom of Speech Under Attack in Romania

The signatory organizations condemn the anti-democratic practices adopted and exercised by the current parliamentary majority and publicly ask the Romanian President not to promulgate the law through which, surreptitiously, the offenses of libel and insult were reintroduced in the Criminal Code.
In 2006, the Parliament decided to repeal the offenses of insult and libel. In 2007, the Constitutional Court ruled that the offenses of libel and insult are not repealed, then, in 2010, the High Court of Cassation and Justice has ruled that the offenses of insult and libel are abolished, and in 2013 the Constitutional Court ruled again that the offenses of libel and insult are not repealed.
 

read the article »Published: Wednesday, 11 December 2013 · comments · FreeEx, Rapid Response

Bucharest City Hall Lies to Europe Saying They Make Sustainable Development

Your Excellency,


ActiveWatch-Media Monitoring Agency, The Organization Promoting the Alternative Transportation in Romania, Rencontres du Patrimoine Europe-Roumanie, Pro_Do_Mo Association, Greener Association, Resource Center for Public Participation, Association for Urban Developmen, The Ecopolis Centre for Sustainable Policies, The Landscape Architects Association of Romania - Bucharest Branch would like to bring to your attention the Bucharest City Hall’s misleading information that are currently posted on the official page of the European Mobility Week. 

read the article »Published: Wednesday, 16 October 2013 · comments · Good Governance, , Rapid Response

Open letter to the European Commission on the latest Prime Minister Victor Ponta public attacks upon the independence of the judicial system

read the article »Published: Monday, 7 October 2013 · comments · Good Governance, , Rapid Response

ActiveWatch and Reporters without Borders protest against the amendments brought by the Romanian Government to the Insolvency Law

ActiveWatch and Reporters Without Borders condemn the Romanian Government's decision to adopt in a total lack of transparency a bill whose provisions threaten press freedom and the public's right to information. By supporting this legislation, the Government opened a new chapter in the history of political and economic control of the media institutions in Romania.

read the article »Published: Friday, 4 October 2013 · comments · FreeEx, Rapid Response

Who are the "eco-anarchists"? - Request for answers from the Romanian Intelligence Agency

read the article »Published: Thursday, 3 October 2013 · comments · Good Governance, , Rapid Response

Mâine, 19 septembrie, de la 11.30, la Sediul Cartel Alfa (Splaiul Independentei, Nr 202A, etaj 2)

read the article »Published: Wednesday, 18 September 2013 · comments · Good Governance, , Rapid Response

150 human rights, digital rights and media rights NGOs call on Obama to end prosecution of Snowden

More than 150 civil society organisations defending human rights, digital rights and media rights in countries as far afield as the UK to Uruguay, from the USA to Ukraine to Uganda, have written to President Obama to urge him to end the prosecution of Edward Snowden and other whistleblowers like him.

read the article »Published: Tuesday, 6 August 2013 · comments · FreeEx, Rapid Response

FC Steaua behaviour towards journalists

To: UEFA
Att: The Media Committee
Subject: FC Steaua behaviour towards journalists

 

ActiveWatch, a Romanian human rights NGO concerned with freedom of expression and press freedom, expresses its outrage towards the unacceptable behaviour of Steaua Football Club officials against journalists and media outlets.
 

read the article »Published: Wednesday, 24 July 2013 · comments · FreeEx, Rapid Response

FC Steaua behaviour towards journalists

To: UEFA
Att: The Media Committee
Subject: FC Steaua behaviour towards journalists
 

ActiveWatch, a Romanian human rights NGO concerned with freedom of expression and press freedom, expresses its outrage towards the unacceptable behaviour of Steaua Football Club officials against journalists and media outlets.

read the article »Published: Tuesday, 23 July 2013 · comments · FreeEx, Rapid Response

Greek Government worse than Romanian dictator Ceausescu

Foto: DEMOTIXActiveWatch invites journalists to make a common cause by asking the Greek Government to reconsider its decision to close down the broadcasting of public radio and TV channels in Greece.

The broadcasting of public radio and TV channels in Greece was shut down on Tuesday night. All employees of the media public institutions were laid off. This decision was taken on the basis of a rushed legislative act, which was voted and enforced in 24 hours. The Government’s spokesperson justified this decision by accusing the public television of wasting public money: “ERT (the Greek state television) is a characteristic case of lack of transparency and incredible waste. This (situation) ends now” (Simos Kedikoglou, cited by Associated Press).

Foto credit: Demotix

read the article »Published: Wednesday, 12 June 2013 · comments · FreeEx, Rapid Response

Bucharest: Solidarity with protesters in Turkey

Today, June 6, 2013, citizens of Romania have shown their solidarity with Turkey’s protesters. Bearing in mind the recent events from many cities in Turkey, we arein front of the Turkish Embassy to give our message of solidarity with the citizens that are now defending their freedom of expression right as a reaction to the Government lack of consideration for this value. 

read the article »Published: Thursday, 6 June 2013 · comments · FreeEx, Rapid Response, Good Governance, , Rapid Response

The Freedom of Expression Abusively Repressed by the Management of a High School in Covasna district

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, Rapid Response

Public position regarding Mr. Ponta’s statements during HARDtalk show on BBC World News on 19 March 2013

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, Rapid Response

Public Debate: Do We Need the Underground Pedestrian Corridor at Piata Romana?

read the article »Published: Thursday, 28 February 2013 · comments · Good Governance, , Rapid Response

State officials in collusion with extremists

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, Rapid Response

Press conference - Our public servants support extremists!

read the article »Published: Thursday, 21 February 2013 · comments · Antidiscrimination, Events and Activities, Rapid Response

Complaint to the National Audiovisual Council regarding "Sinteza Zilei" (Antena3) on 29.01.2013

Romanian version only.

read the article »Published: Monday, 4 February 2013 · comments · Antidiscrimination, Rapid Response

Press realease rearding the MCV Report: Freedom of speech in Romania doesn't need new laws, but protection

The signatory organizations express their bewilderment and concern regarding the findings and recommendations referring to mass-media included in the CVM.

read the article »Published: Wednesday, 30 January 2013 · comments · FreeEx, Rapid Response

Press invitation - Protest against ban on access at the General Council of Bucharest's meeting

CeRe - The Resource Center for Public Participation and ActiveWatch-Media Monitoring Agency organise on Thursday, November 29, 13:15 a.m. a protest against Bucharest Mayor, Sorin Oprescu's decision to ban the citizen's access at the General Council of Bucharest's public meetings.

read the article »Published: Tuesday, 27 November 2012 · comments · Good Governance, , Rapid Response

Letter of protest: Non-governmental organisations contest the Senate's decision

Letter of protest: Non-governmental organisations contest the Senate's decision

- The Senate of Romania doesn't make the distinction between civil society and civilians

After the Senate's vote from November, 20th, 2012, the 18 organisations that supported the candidacy of lawyer Mr. Antonie Popescu for the position of the civil society's representative in the Superior Council of Magistracy decided to bring to the attention of the public the following:
 

read the article »Published: Thursday, 22 November 2012 · comments · Good Governance, , Rapid Response

Code red of freezing european financed projects: governmental irresponsability and big delays of payments

Mr. Vice Prime-minister Florin Georgescu,

We invite you to take into account the danger that a significant number of projects financed through OPHRD might be terminated. So far as the Managing Authority continues to delay refundment, the implementors of these projects find themselves in the impossibility to use their own funds to continue the activities. Thus, we request that you immediately resume the payments for these projects, as it's the member state's responsibility to insure that implementation goes forward and the contracts are respected.

read the article »Published: Thursday, 22 November 2012 · comments · Good Governance, Rapid Response

Civil society's candidate in the Superior Council of Magistracy

We'd like to inform you that today, November 9th 2012, ActiveWatch-Media Monitoring Agency, organisation in the field of human rights that militates for free communication of public interest, put up, at Romania's Standing Bureau of the Senate, the candidacy of Mr. Antonie Popescu as the civil society's representative in the Superior Council of Magistracy.

read the article »Published: Friday, 9 November 2012 · comments · Good Governance, , Rapid Response

ActiveWatch proposed European Parliament to ban the infiltration of newsrooms by intelligence officers

To: The members of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs

Ref: the „EU Charter: Standard settings for media freedom across the EU” Report


 

read the article »Published: Tuesday, 6 November 2012 · comments · FreeEx, Rapid Response

Protest in Bucharest: "Free POS DRU from incompetence"

Today, October 24, the NGO Coalition for Structural Funds, alongside the Agrostar Federation and the National Trade Union Bloc, organised a protest march starting from the Ministry of Labour, Family and Social Protection, the Romanian Government and reaching AM POSDRU headquarters.

read the article »Published: Wednesday, 24 October 2012 · comments · Good Governance, , Rapid Response

Open Letter addressed to the Ministry of Education by twenty-six NGOs, concerning the debate on the Religious Education handbooks

The signing organisations addressed an open letter to the Minister of Education, Mrs. Ecaterina Andronescu, in which they manifest their concern about the content of the Religious Education handbooks intended for schools and they request the MECTS to put this issue to public consultation.

read the article »Published: Thursday, 4 October 2012 · comments · Good Governance, Rapid Response

The General Council of Bucharest's hall is closed to citizens


read the article »Published: Tuesday, 28 August 2012 · comments · Good Governance, Rapid Response

Protest against the appointment of Dan Sova as the Minister for Relations with the Parliament

The signers of this protest - people and NGOs - took notice in dismay of the appointment of senator Dan Sova from the Social Democratic Party (PSD) as the Minister for Relations with the Parliament.

read the article »Published: Thursday, 9 August 2012 · comments · Good Governance, Rapid Response

Concerted attack against democracy and the rule of law

There was a concerted attack against democracy and the rule of law in the last two months. It's obvious that the new political parties in power learned neither from the errors of their predecessors, nor from the demonstrations' message from January 2012.

read the article »Published: Wednesday, 4 July 2012 · comments · Good Governance, Rapid Response

Civil society warning: the rule of law under unprecedented attack in Romania


read the article »Published: Tuesday, 3 July 2012 · comments · Good Governance, Rapid Response

Protest against the abridgement of the right to freedom of association

The signing organisations protest against the danger that NGOs could be dissolved at the request of public authorities.

read the article »Published: Tuesday, 26 June 2012 · comments · Good Governance, Rapid Response

Romania's Ministry of Foreign Affairs received a visit from the Syrian Opposition in Romania

On Monday, June 18th, more than a year since the start of the Syran revolution, it was for the first time ever representatives of the Syrian opposition met officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a diplomatic visit.

read the article »Published: Wednesday, 20 June 2012 · comments · Good Governance, Rapid Response

Open Letter to Mr. Victor Ponta, Prime-Minister of Romania

On September 6th, 2011, Romania acceded to the international initiative "Open Government Partnership" (OGP). This initiative promoted by the President of the United States and the President of Brasil, to which seventy countries have already acceded, encourages accountability, transparency and civic participation in the act of government by making public data accessible so that they can be creatively used by citizens for the purpose of optimizing the act of government and stimulating economical development.

read the article »Published: Wednesday, 13 June 2012 · comments · Good Governance, Rapid Response

A new party emerged on election day: the party referred to as "suspension points" at OTV Channel

In a special edition dedicated to the voting in progress, the OTV Channel launched an opinion poll in the early hours of the morning to which viewers were invited to answer the question "Will the 'boyar' mayors be cast away from your town today at 9 p.m.?"

read the article »Published: Sunday, 10 June 2012 · comments · Good Governance, Rapid Response

Protest against the extension of the period of detention from 24 to 48 hours since arrest

The signing organisations would like to protest against the proposal to amend the Constitution, which is set to be discussed and possibly enacted this Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012 in the Chamber of Deputies, in the sense of extending from 24 to 48 hours the period when a person can be detained.

read the article »Published: Monday, 21 May 2012 · comments · Good Governance, Rapid Response

We request the rejection of the draft law on data retention - Pl-x 10/2012 - section 10 on the agenda of the Chamber of Deputies meeting, Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

This document's signing organisations have repeatedly shown that the European Directive 2006/24/EC on the retention of data in regard to international communication and its implementation in Romania constitute a serious violation of the citizens' right to privacy.

read the article »Published: Monday, 21 May 2012 · comments · Good Governance, Rapid Response

In defense of democracy - we are against the implementation of the "pure uninominal voting system"

read the article »Published: Thursday, 10 May 2012 · comments · Good Governance, Rapid Response

Property is not a privilege, but a constitutional right

The signing non-guvernamental organisations consider that the draft law initiated by the Government on giving compensations to citizens whose properties were abusively confiscated produces major disparities and damages rights provided by the Romanian Constitution.

read the article »Published: Tuesday, 24 April 2012 · comments · Good Governance, Rapid Response

Fair Elections 2.0

By ignoring international and local standards on fair elections, electoral opponents already started the political campaign, although the law does not allow them to reveal their platforms and political principles. Moreover, public authorities, both local and national, use funds from the state budget for election advertising, an action which is immoral and also illegal. We believe, based on our precedent election experiences, that in the following period these kind of practices will increase, thus affecting the quality of the voting system.

read the article »Published: Monday, 23 April 2012 · comments · Good Governance, Rapid Response

Protest against the proposal to introduce the single-round majority uninominal system

We express dismay and concern in regard to PDL and USL leaders' latest declarations concerning the implementation of the single-round majority uninominal vote system in this year's parliamentary elections.

read the article »Published: Friday, 20 April 2012 · comments · Good Governance, Rapid Response

Mr. Ciuhodaru considers that voters are "defective"

ActiveWatch-Media Monitoring Agency considers that the draft law which forces citizens to vote on election days is the wrong solution for the low turnout in Romania

read the article »Published: Wednesday, 18 April 2012 · comments · Good Governance, Rapid Response

Protest: Libertatea de exprimare evacuată de pe National Arena - UPDATE 2

 

read the article »Published: Thursday, 22 March 2012 · comments · FreeEx, Rapid Response

Either schooled or with long hair! - Complaint to the Anti discrimination Council

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, Rapid Response

Romanian Police or Political Police?

Actions specific to the secret police against a civic activist

The signing organisations condemn the intimidation tactics of the Arges County Police Inspectorate against Mihai Bumbes, the president of the the "Spiritual Militia Civic Movement" Organisation, known for his involvement in several civic actions in recent years.

read the article »Published: Thursday, 8 March 2012 · comments · Good Governance, Rapid Response

Protest: Libertatea de exprimare evacuată de pe National Arena - UPDATE 1

 

read the article »Published: Friday, 2 March 2012 · comments · FreeEx, Rapid Response

Protest: Free speech evacuated from The National Arena

 

read the article »Published: Thursday, 1 March 2012 · comments · FreeEx, Rapid Response

Extreme nationalist discourse in the "România de poveste" TV Show

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, Rapid Response

Point of view in regard to the draft law on the retention of data generated or processed by the public communications networks and the electronic communications services

This document's signing organisations have repeatedly shown that the European Directive 2006/24/EC on the retention of data in regard to international communication and its implementation in Romania constitute a serious violation of the citizens' right to privacy.

read the article »Published: Thursday, 9 February 2012 · comments · Good Governance, Rapid Response

ActiveWatch Opinion: meeting with the political parties, February 6th, 2012

Yesterday, February 6th, 2012, seventeen non-guvernamental organisations met with representatives of the political parties. The invitation to open discussions issued to all the political parties in the Parliament was honoured by the USL leaders Victor Ponta, Crin Antonescu, Daniel Constantin, Titus Corlatean, Mihai Voicu, Corina Cretu and Ecaterina Andronescu, but also by the leader of the PDL parliamentary group in the Chamber of Deputies, Mircea Toader.

read the article »Published: Tuesday, 7 February 2012 · comments · Good Governance, Rapid Response

Non-governamental organisations request political parties to show political will for the reestablishment of democracy

The signing organisations reaffirm their request to all political parties to take into account the protests held in Bucharest and in other cities from Romania and abroad.

read the article »Published: Thursday, 2 February 2012 · comments · Good Governance, Rapid Response

The NGOs' message and requests to political parties

Organisations of the civil society request all political parties to take into consideration the main demands of the demonstrators in Bucharest and in other cities from Romania and abroad: the resignation of Romania's President, Government and the organisation of early parliamentary elections.

read the article »Published: Wednesday, 25 January 2012 · comments · Good Governance, Rapid Response

We, the WORMS - the inept, uneducated and the dupes - PROTEST!

To the attention of Mr. Teodor Baconschi,

This press release is the organisations' reply to the invitation for consultation addressed by Teodor Baconschi from the behalf of the Democratic Liberal Party.

read the article »Published: Wednesday, 18 January 2012 · comments · Good Governance, Rapid Response

Violence against Journalists During Street Protests in Romania. Police Abuse Against Citizens

ActiveWatch – Media Monitoring Agency and Reporters without Borders condemn the violence perpetrated against journalists by both police and protesters. The two organizations also condemn basic human rights violations by the riot police, such as the right to free speech, the right to freedom of movement and the right to freedom of assembly

read the article »Published: Tuesday, 17 January 2012 · comments · FreeEx, Rapid Response

Merging elections, the "Trojan horse" of Romanian democracy

Taking into consideration the latest proposals concerning the election law, the 2012 Coalition for Fair Elections demands the withdrawal of the draft law on the merger of elections in 2012 from public agenda.

read the article »Published: Monday, 12 December 2011 · comments · Good Governance, Rapid Response

The act of minimizing elections and campaign - a profound anti-democratic measure

The organisation's statement in regard to the draft law on the organisation and unfolding of elections for local public administration authorities and elections for Chamber of Deputies and Senate in 2012 and, also, the initiative to amend the Law no. 215/2001 on Local Public Administration were published on the Ministry of Administration and Interior's site.

read the article »Published: Monday, 12 December 2011 · comments · Good Governance, Rapid Response

Identity and stereotypes against Roma people

ActiveWatch-Media Monitoring Agency and the Pro Democracy Association, in partnership with the National Council for Combating Discrimination, organised today, December 18th, 2011, the debate “Identity and stereotypes. The depiction of the Roma people in the Media”.

read the article »Published: Thursday, 8 December 2011 · comments · Good Governance, , Rapid Response

The implementation of European Commission Recommendation on the Digitization and Online Accessibility of Cultural Material and Digital Preservation - Open Letter to the Minister of Culture and National Patrimony

To Minister Kelemen Hunor

Taking into consideration the provisions of the Law no. 544 on Free Access to Information of Public Interest and the provisions of the Government Decree no. 27/2002 on the regulation of the activity of petitions' solving, we make the following request

read the article »Published: Friday, 25 November 2011 · comments · Good Governance, Rapid Response

Don't crush democracy!

Coalition 2012 for Fair Elections' position towards the merging of local and legislative elections and the amending of the Election Law fo 2012

Taking into account the initiative of the political parties in power to merge elections and amend the voting system for the next year's elections, the Coalition 2012 for Fair Elections expresses its concern in regard to the possible devastating effects of these changes on Romania's already precarious level of democracy.

read the article »Published: Wednesday, 16 November 2011 · comments · Good Governance, Rapid Response

Post-event Press Release - Conference on the launch of the Coalition 2012 for Fair Elections

The exam of true democracy: fair elections

Press release: September 28th, 2011.

In full economic crisis - whose endurance and dimension are testing democratic societies, taking into account the frequent anti-democratic drifts, the increase of racism and populist tendencies in Romania and in Europe and understanding the importance of the year 2012 for the consolidation of the democratic process that finds itself today to be in a serious deadlock, ActiveWatch-Media Monitoring Agency, the Pro Democracy Association, the Center for Legal Resources, the organisation Romani CRISS and Transparency International Romania decided to come together and found the Coalition 2012 for Fair Elections. The Coalition intends to ensure a favourable climate for the organisation of fair elections in Romania.

read the article »Published: Wednesday, 28 September 2011 · comments · Good Governance, Rapid Response

Romania – a country in which democracy is carried into effect only with an authorization from the Government

On Thursday, September 15th, at the Chamber of Deputies, a meeting took place between non-guvernamental organisations, trade unions and members of political parties, on the one hand, and members of the Ministry of Administration and Interior, on the other hand, to debate the draft law on public assemblies (Law no. 60/1991 on organising public meetings).

read the article »Published: Friday, 16 September 2011 · comments · Good Governance, , Rapid Response

The Alliance for the Rule of Law requests public debate for the draft proposal on the amendment of the Mines Law no. 85/2003

Today, September 5th, the Alliance for  the Rule of Law* made a public request to the Standing Bureau of the Chamber of Deputies to send back the draft law on the amendment of the Mines Law no. 85/2003 to the specialized committees in order to be subjected to a real public debate.


read the article »Published: Monday, 5 September 2011 · comments · Good Governance, , Rapid Response

Complaint: Senator Iulian Urban has an irresponsible and racist attitude

 

read the article »Published: Thursday, 4 August 2011 · comments · Antidiscrimination, Rapid Response

Reacție: Articolul “Reţeaua falsificatorilor de dosare din Hunedoara: peste 100 de „handicapaţi” închipuiţi”, semnat de Ciprian Iancu în Evenimentul Zilei

Available only in Romanian version.

read the article »Published: Thursday, 4 August 2011 · comments · Antidiscrimination, Rapid Response

Cartonas rosu pentru ministrul Sebastian Lazaroiu

[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, Rapid Response

Acele si pumnalele domnului Pirvoiu

[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, Rapid Response

Another type of Minute - the National Integrity Council

Since the minutes of the meeting held at the National Integrity Council will be made public the following month, we present to you the conclusions of yesterday's meeting.

read the article »Published: Friday, 29 July 2011 · comments · Good Governance, Rapid Response

Complaint to the Ethics Commission of the Public Television: Pîrvoiu's racist attitude in "Ora de știri"

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, Rapid Response

Adevarul de Seara Focsani nu-si gaseste ziarele in chioscurile Monitorului de Vrancea

Jurnaliștii de la săptămânalul Adevărul de Seară Focșani acuză firma de distribuție Trinec Serv (a Monitorului de Vrancea), deținută de Corina Trifan, că obstrucționează apariția publicației. Potrivit acestora, motivul ar fi legat de publicarea unui articol defavorabil la adresa firmei Mavi Beton SRL, la care Corina Trifan este acționar alături de soțul său.

read the article »Published: Thursday, 7 July 2011 · comments · FreeEx, Rapid Response

Mayor Sorin Oprescu, benefactor of the electoral cathedral

We request that Mayor of Bucharest Sorin Oprescu to organise a public debate in regard to his intention to donate 10 million lei from the City hall’s budget to the Romanian Orthodox Church. Taking into account that this donation comes from public money, we believe that this issue should be publicly discussed and decided upon.

read the article »Published: Thursday, 23 June 2011 · comments · Good Governance, Rapid Response

A plea for an authentic democracy

ActiveWatch-Media Monitoring Agency and the Pro Democracy Association launched a plea today to officials and political institutions for starting a structured and responsible process of systematic and honest consultations with the Romanian society on the constitutional or administrative reforms, but also on the organisation of a national referendum concerning the change of the administrative map of the country.

read the article »Published: Tuesday, 14 June 2011 · comments · Good Governance, , Rapid Response

A plea for preserving the current electoral system

The civil society requests that the President send back the law on single-ballot election of mayors.

The partner organizations of the  Alliance for the Rule of Law – ActiveWatch-Media Monitoring Agency, the Pro Democracy Association and the Center for Legal Resources sent to the President Traian Basescu a “plea for preserving a competitive voting system for the election of mayors and for ensuring the highest electoral representativity for the entire local community”.

read the article »Published: Thursday, 2 June 2011 · comments · Good Governance, Rapid Response

Inevitabila lege a presei

Saptamana trecuta (11 mai) ONG-urile au fost invitate la Comisia de Mass-Media din Camera Deputatilor pentru a discuta despre oportunitatea unei legi a presei.

read the article »Published: Wednesday, 18 May 2011 · comments · FreeEx, Rapid Response

Adevarul Holding a cenzurat TOTB pentru Coca-Cola?

Vor mai trece, probabil, multe râuri de Cola, până când unele instituții de presă vor înțelege că cenzura este inadmisibilă într-un stat de drept. Pe principiul „ciocu’ mic și bea o Cola”, Adevărul Holding a oprit fără preaviz funcționarea platformei Think Outside the Box (TOTB), deși contractul de parteneriat prevedea un preaviz de 45 de zile în cazul rezilierii unilaterale.

read the article »Published: Monday, 9 May 2011 · comments · FreeEx, Rapid Response

Ziaristul de la Realitatea e liber. Prea liber

[caption id="attachment_1398" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="Prim plan: Sorin Freciu, Sorin Enache, Sebastian Ghita. Planul doi: Dragos Nedelcu. (la sedinta CNA din 5 aprilie) "][/caption] Zilele astea s-a tot discutat în presă și în mediile apropiate presei și politicului despre conflictul Ghiță – Vîntu, despre cauzele și substratul acestui conflict și despre efectul pe care îl are pe produsul finit, adică pe ce vede cetățeanul când se uită la Realitatea TV. Cele două părți aflate în conflict s-au acuzat reciproc de ingerințe editoriale.

read the article »Published: Friday, 8 April 2011 · comments · FreeEx, Rapid Response

Csibi vs. statul roman

Csibi Barna este un cetățean român de etnie maghiară care, într-un ceremonial public, a spânzurat o păpușă care îl reprezenta pe Avram Iancu. Gestul este extrem și scandalos, întrucât acesta din urmă este un erou național pentru români. Din acest motiv, Csibi a fost criticat și de politicienii maghiari.

read the article »Published: Monday, 28 March 2011 · comments · FreeEx, Rapid Response

Sesizare către Consiliul Național al Audiovizualului - Jurnalistul Ion Cristoiu i-a îngăduit invitatului Traian Băsescu să discrimineze de două ori în aceeași emisiune

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, Rapid Response

Alerta de teapa pentru jurnalisti!

A verificat cineva informația sau anumiți jurnaliști vor să-i dea lui Zoso ocazia să spună că nimeni nu verifică informația din mai multe surse? Zoso a spus pe blog inclusiv că ar fi fost asociat al pretinsului său tată sindicalist, în câteva firme ale acestuia

read the article »Published: Friday, 25 March 2011 · comments · FreeEx, Rapid Response

PROTEST "Roma" vs. "Gipsy" in the state's official documents

Only Romanian version.  

read the article »Published: Wednesday, 2 March 2011 · comments · Antidiscrimination, Rapid Response

The Alliance for the Rule of Law requests the organisation of a new procedure for the election of the civil society’s representative to the Superior Council of Magistracy

The partner organisations of the Alliance for the Rule of Law request the Romanian Senate to start a new procedure for the appointment and the election of the civil society’s representative to the Superior Council of Magistracy on the basis of art. 133 alin (1) lit b of the Romanian Constitution and art. 18 of the Law no. 317/2004 on the Superior Council of Magistracy.

read the article »Published: Monday, 21 February 2011 · comments · Good Governance, Rapid Response

Scrisoare deschisa catre domnul doctor Florin Tudose

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, Rapid Response

Representatives of the civil society react to the Constitutional Court’s decisions on the elections of members of the Superior Council of Magistracy

The civil society would like to highlight the possible dangers of creating a court precedent by admitting appeals against the Senate’s two decisions to validate the members of the Superior Council of Magistracy, a precedent that would plunge Romania into an unparalleled institutional crisis.

read the article »Published: Tuesday, 8 February 2011 · comments · Good Governance, Rapid Response

Press release AW-MMA and APD: The Chamber of Deputies boycotts the process of combating corruption

ActiveWatch-Media Monitoring Agency and the Pro Democracy Association express their concern about the Parliament’s action to obstruct the National Anticorruption Directorate’s investigation on Deputy Monica Iacob Ridzi.

read the article »Published: Wednesday, 15 December 2010 · comments · Good Governance, Rapid Response

Press Release: conclusion of the conference "The Legitimacy and the Advisability of the Buzesti-Berzesti-Uranus-Calea Rahovei Highway"

On Thursday, November 25th, the press conference “The Legitimacy and the Advisability of the Buzesti-Berzei-Uranus-Calea Rahova Highway” took place. The participants: Nicusor Dan, president of Save Bucharest Association, Doina Vella, member of the Pro_Do_Mo Association, Dumitru Dobrev, lawyer, Cecilia Badea, lawyer, Nicolae Radulescu Dobrogea, president of the Eco Civica Foundation, Ionut Pitulescu, the Centre for the Intercultural Research “Anthropoesis”, representatives of the expropriated citizens.

read the article »Published: Thursday, 25 November 2010 · comments · Good Governance, , Rapid Response

The common sense revolution starts home, Mr. Orban!

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, Rapid Response

President Băsescu - bilateral racist statements

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, Rapid Response

The records from the “Vantu file”

ActiveWatch-Media Monitoring Agency expressed its view on the records from the “Vantu file”. The dramatic situation of the relations between media owners, editors and journalists which was pointed out by these published records shows that Media institutions in Romania need a rearrangement of relations between the three entities.

read the article »Published: Thursday, 21 October 2010 · comments · Good Governance, Rapid Response

Frunda György, vegyél egy szünetet! Gyorgy Frunda, let us be!

The civil society discovers with regret that several important members of the Democratic Alliance of Hungarians in Romania (UDMR) – and most of all, Senator Gyorgy Frunda – turned out to be in recent years spearheads in obstructing any strategies and instruments of combating corruption in Romania.

read the article »Published: Thursday, 1 July 2010 · comments · Good Governance, Rapid Response

Accesibilizare sa fie, dar sa stim si noi...

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, Rapid Response

22 NGOs call for the resignation of the Head of the Directorate for Culture, Cults and National Cultural Patrimony in Bucharest

ActiveWatch-Media Monitoring Agency, alongside other 21 non-governmental organizations, asked the President of Romania and the Minister of Culture to remove from office Mr. Nicolae Stan, the Head of the Directorate for Culture, Cults and National Cultural Patrimony and Mr. Stefan Damian, an employee in the same institution.

read the article »Published: Thursday, 3 June 2010 · comments · Good Governance, Rapid Response

Invitation to debate – the amending of Ordinance no. 114/2007 on environmental protection

ActiveWatch-Media Monitoring Agency, alongside the 42 organisations of the Platform for Bucharest, would like to invite you on Tuesday, May 25th, 12 a.m., at the debate concerning the amending of Ordinance 114/2007 on the interdiction to remove green spaces in the urban area.

read the article »Published: Friday, 21 May 2010 · comments · Good Governance, Rapid Response

The National Integrity Agency’s new law and the Media’s access to investigating corruption

Only a week since the World Press Freedom Day, the parliamentary majority delivers a blow to press freedom in Romania. This is the reason why we invite you to a press conference, followed by a debate, about the new law concerning ANI and its impact to the free access to information of public interest, the fight against corruption and investigative journalism.

read the article »Published: Wednesday, 12 May 2010 · comments · Good Governance, Rapid Response

The Platform for Bucharest supports the initiative to remove the Parliament’s wall

The Platform for Bucharest supports Mrs. Roberta Anastase's initiative, the President of the Chamber of Deputies, to turn the Parliament's garden into a public space.

read the article »Published: Thursday, 22 April 2010 · comments · Good Governance, Rapid Response

The Initiative for Fair Justice protests against the Constitutional Court’s decision concerning the National Integrity Agency

The Initiative for Fair Justice took notice with concern of the Court’s decision to declare two chapters of the law on the National Integrity Agency as unconstitutional.

read the article »Published: Friday, 16 April 2010 · comments · Good Governance, Rapid Response

The solutions to unlocking the European Funds are perceived differently by the social actors

The European Funds' beneficiaries discussed a set of solutions for unlocking the projects financed by the European Social Fund in a meeting also attended by the members of the responsible institutions.

read the article »Published: Wednesday, 31 March 2010 · comments · Good Governance, , Rapid Response

“With clean robes”. The civil society supports the magistrates’ petition Dignity and Integrity

The signing organizations support the petition Dignity and Integrity made public in March 24th, 2010 through which magistrates ask the Superior Council of Magistracy to react accordingly to the implications posed by the "Vantu file" and the amending of promotion procedures in Romania's High Court of Cassation and Justice.

read the article »Published: Monday, 29 March 2010 · comments · Good Governance, Rapid Response

NGOs contest the City hall's process of budget adoption

The General Council of Bucharest is set to debate on Wednesday, March 24th, 1 a.m. the capital's 2010 draft budget. The total budget is 1,3 billion euros.

ActiveWatch-Media Monitoring Agency, alongside partners from the "Partnership for Good Governance III - Sustainable Development" project* would like to contest the 2010 draft law.

*Save Bucharest Association, Pro Democracy Association, the Association for Urban Transition, the Resource Center for Public Participation,the Local Development Group and other NGOs from the Platform for Bucharest.

read the article »Published: Monday, 22 March 2010 · comments · Good Governance, Rapid Response

ActiveWatch-Media Monitoring Agency launches the online platform www.urbanitate.activewatch.ro

Activewatch-Media Monitoring Agency, alongside partners of the "Partnership for Good Governance III - Sustainable Development" project, the Save Bucharest Association, the Pro Democracy Association, the Association for Urban Transition and the Resource Center for Public Participation, would like to announce the launch of the online platform www.urbanitate.activewatch.ro.

read the article »Published: Wednesday, 17 March 2010 · comments · Good Governance, , Rapid Response

Don't bury the crimes of communism!

A plea to the President of Romania, Traian Basescu, and Prime Minister, Emil Boc

The Coalition for the Rule of Law express their disapproval of the changes made to the Institute for Investigation of the Communist Crimes' initial objectives, and taking this opportunity to reform it as the Institute for Investigation of the Communits Crimes and the Memory of the Romanian Exile.

read the article »Published: Tuesday, 2 March 2010 · comments · Good Governance, Rapid Response

Bucharest's District 1 City Hall took the patrimony buildings by storm

ActiveWatch-Media Monitoring Agency, Save Bucharest Association, the Association for Urban Transition, the Resource Centre fot Public Participation, the Pro Democracy Association and the ProDoMo Association would like to bring to public attention the way District 1 City Hall issued a series of permits for demolition which created a lot of damage to Bucharest's cultural heritage.

read the article »Published: Tuesday, 2 March 2010 · comments · Good Governance, Rapid Response

Partnership for sustainable development - a new project with financing provided by the European Social Fund through the Sectorial Operational Program Human Resources Development

Save the Danube and the Delta Association in partnership with ActiveWatch-Media Monitoring Agency announce the launch of the Partnership for Sustainable Development. The project will ensure the necessary resources for the implementation of the horizontal component "sustainable development" in the projects financed by the Sectorial Operational Program for Human Resources Development (POS DRU) through the European Social Fund.

read the article »Published: Thursday, 4 February 2010 · comments · Good Governance, , Rapid Response

The absorbtion of European funds is in danger by the limitations imposed on accession

The Resources Center for Public Participation - CeRe and the Coalition "NGOs for Structural Funds" launched on Monday, December 14th, 2009, the report "112 for Structural Funds" within the event that brought members of the NGOs, local offcials and the institutions responsible for the management of European funds to the discussion table.

read the article »Published: Monday, 14 December 2009 · comments · Good Governance, , Rapid Response

Transparency, a means to a fair electoral system

The Pro Democracy Association, ActiveWatch-MMA, "Cartel ALFA" Confederation and Center for Legal Resources request the specialized authorities to take the necessary measures for resolving in the most transparent manner the appeals which report irregularities of the voting process in November 22nd and December 6th 2009.

read the article »Published: Tuesday, 8 December 2009 · comments · Good Governance, Rapid Response

The Alliance for the Rule of Law appealed the referendum to the Constitutional Court

The Pro Democracy Association and ActiveWatch-Media Monitoring Agency, represented by lawyer Liviu Popescu, made an appeal to the Constitutional Court in which they requested the Court to dismiss the President's decree on the organisation of the referendum and the nullification of the results.

read the article »Published: Monday, 23 November 2009 · comments · Good Governance, Rapid Response

Election day started with missing stamps and threatened observers

The deficient training of the electoral bureau members and the lack of information campaigns have taken their toll on today's voting. The first hours of the presidential election day revealed once more a series of long-standing irregularities in the Romanian voting process.

read the article »Published: Sunday, 22 November 2009 · comments · Good Governance, Rapid Response

Platform for Bucharest - Open letter to the President of Romania, Traian Basescu

Platform for Bucharest asked the President of Romania not to sign the draft law for the amending of art. 7 of Law no. 50/1991 on the authorization of construction works, which was enacted by the Chamber of Deputies in the meeting held November 3rd, 2009.

read the article »Published: Tuesday, 10 November 2009 · comments · Good Governance, Rapid Response

Observers of some fictitious organisations are monitoring the voting in November 22nd and December 6th lections

The Alliance for Fair Elections, composed of the Pro Democracy Association, ActiveWatch-Media Monitoring Agency (MMA), Cartel Alfa Confederation and the Center for Independent Journalism, points out to the danger of compromising national observers and the civil society's efforts to monitor in an objective manner the voting as a result of the increasing numbers of fictitious organisations accredited to monitor elections.

read the article »Published: Monday, 9 November 2009 · comments · Good Governance, Rapid Response

Press release - Alliance for the Rule of Law

The Alliance for the Rule of Law, composed of the Pro Democracy Association, ActiveWatch-Media Monitoring Agency, the Center for Legal Resources and Transparency International Romania made a request today to the Ombudsman to inform the Constitutional Court about the GEO 106 on the organisation of the referendum concerning the moral fraud and the dangers of electoral fraud in presidential elections.

read the article »Published: Thursday, 29 October 2009 · comments · Good Governance, Rapid Response

On Thursday, October 22nd, AW-MMA and CRJI launched the "Transparency of the European Funds in Romania, 2009" report

The Transparency of European funds in Romania - Investigative journalism. Free Access to Information of Public Interest. Media Analysis. Case Studies

ActiveWatch-Media Monitoring Agency and the Romanian Center for Investigative Journalism ended on October 22nd the series of national events organised in Cluj, Iasi and Bucharest on the occasion of the launch of the "Transparency of European Funds in Romania - Investigative Journalism" report.

read the article »Published: Friday, 23 October 2009 · comments · Good Governance, , Rapid Response

The Alliance for Fair Election's program for the presidential election campaign

The Alliance for Fair Elections, composed of the Pro Democracy Association, Activewatch-Media Monitoring Agency and Cartel Alfa Confederation, would like to invite you Monday, October 19th, at a press conference where we will launch the program for the presidential election campaign.

read the article »Published: Friday, 16 October 2009 · comments · Good Governance, Rapid Response

Platform for Bucharest: Open letter to general counsellors and the general mayor of Bucharest

Through this letter, the organisations ask the counsellors to take a stand against real estate mob reported by the international press.

read the article »Published: Wednesday, 23 September 2009 · comments · Good Governance, Rapid Response

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