Romanian Institute for Human Rights
One of the tasks of the Romanian Institute for Human Rights is to inform “the public bodies, non-governmental organizations and citizens, particularly by disseminating the international documents, practices and procedures in the field of human rights…” (Art. 3 paragraph b in Law No. 9/1991).
One important way RIHR fulfils this duty is organizing events in the form of conferences, seminars, symposia, colloquia, roundtables where acknowledged specialists in the field of human rights, both from inside and outside the Institute, from Romania and from abroad, are invited to participate as moderators and lecturers, with a view to present and debate together with the participants in the event on various topics related to human rights.
The participants to such events are representatives of those socio-professional categories who by virtue of their position and/or profession come to contact with various members of the civil society, and in the relationships established with the latter human rights standards and principles should take precedence. These persons include: representatives of the legal profession – judges, lawyers, prosecutors; representatives of the police, gendarmes, penitentiary staff; representatives of the staff in educational units – pre-school educators, primary school teachers, pre-university and university teachers; representatives of the written and audio-visual press; physicians, biologists, chemists, physicists, etc. Last but not less important, the participants also include, almost without exception, pupils and students as well as representatives of NGOs whose activity and interests are related to human rights.
Unrepeatable events devoted to themes or moments related to human rights
Archive January-June 2018
In the framework of an extended collaboration among structures of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, that is the Anti-Corruption General Directorate, the General Inspectorate for Immigration, and the General Inspectorate of the Romanian Border Police, which entailed the creation and the implementation of the “Common Plan of Action for the prevention of corruption in the context of illegal immigration” that includes dedicated activities and events, a new working and debate meeting took place on 14 September. The opportunity was that the heads of the territorial structures of the General Inspectorate for Immigration had been convened at the Cultural Centre of the MIA.
Beside Mr. Robert Neacşu from the Prevention Department of the Anti-Corruption General Directorate, who made a briefing of the common activities that had taken place in the framework of the adopted Plan of Action, the Romanian Institute for Human Rights was invited to participate in the meeting. The Institute’s representative made a presentation devoted to the promotion and the protection of human rights by the police forces, with applicability in the hot field of immigration. The topics discussed included: the role of law enforcement officials in the protection of human rights, according to the international and regional documents with increased relevance for the members of the police forces; and the rights of migrants, with emphasis on the need for adaptability of the measures taken in special cases or when vulnerable persons/categories were involved: migrants who are victims of crimes, refugees or asylum seekers, children or persons with special needs.
The “Common Plan of Action for the prevention of corruption in the context of illegal migration” adopted by the three involved structures of the Ministry of Internal Affairs – The Anticorruption General Directorate, The General Inspectorate for Immigration (IGI), and The General Inspectorate – provides for the year 2018 several actions in partnership with other institutions that have the required competence and experience to approach from various points of view the illegal immigration issue and the prevention of corruption. One of the institutions invited in the framework of this inter-institutional collaboration was the Romanian Institute for Human Rights. While the first stage of this collaboration consisted in a meeting between specialists of RIHR and IGI was organised, the second stage consisted of a debate that took place at the headquarters of the Border Police and dealt with such topics as non-discrimination, the achievement of a profiling that shouldn’t be based on a “protected characteristic feature” (sex, race, skin colour, ethnic or social origin, language, religion, beliefs, political opinions, belongingness to a minority, social status, birth, disability, age, relationship with minorities, etc.).
5 October - World Teachers’ Day
On occasion of the World Teachers’ Day, on Friday 5 October 2018, Economic College “Virgil Madgearu” in Ploieşti hosted and educational programme devoted to the celebration of this day on “Role of education in contemporary society”, organized by Economic College “Virgil Madgearu” in collaboration with the Romanian Institute for Human Rights and Foundation “Adolescenţa”. The programme was followed by a jazz show performed by “Paul Constantionescu” Philharmonic Orchestra in Ploieşti.
During the programme, attended by students from several classes and teachers as well, a PowerPoint presentation pointed out the significance of the World Teachers’ Day. This year, on the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the World Teachers’ Day theme is “The right to education means the right to a qualified teacher”, precisely to emphasize on the major role teachers and educators play to improve the lives of children and youngsters and to reaffirm the commitment to improve the quality of the educational process at world level. Increasing substantially the number of qualified teachers, including international cooperation for training abroad, particularly teachers coming from the least developed countries, is also one of the sustainable development goals in Agenda 2030.
Teams made up of two or more students made their contributions with reports, essays, PowerPoint presentations, all about education and school in general. The topics included: school in the eyes of students, the role of education in contemporary society, school yesterday and today.
The students’ artistic talent could also be seen in several posters they had achieved presenting images and drawings dealing with the same theme of the right to education.
Speaking about education, Plato, the great philosopher of Ancient Greece said: “Education is the most precious gift a man can be given”. Indeed, it is the key to professional success, to the individual’s integration in a given social context, while it provides optimal conditions for the individual to express his or her personality.
The purpose of the event was to enrich the students’ general knowledge with information on the significance and the importance of 5 October, the World Teachers’ Day, by means of practical activities designed to form communication and technical abilities.
Technical High School “Carol I” hosted an event devoted to gender equality, in the framework of a project cofinanced through the Erasmus Programme + (No. 2017-1-FR01-KA219-037270). In the workshops, the meetings, the debates, the activities performed by the students throughout the project – which started in 2017 – the participants aimed to raise awareness, empower and mobilize students to discourage discriminatory behaviour towards women.
At the meeting of 16 October, which took place in Bucharest, the participating students, coming from 5 countries (Bulgaria, France, Italy, Portugal and Romania), approached several aspects of discrimination against women – violence and sexual abuses, physical violence, discrimination within the society, the community and the family, discrimination at the workplace or with employment, stereotypes, etc. – by means of interactive presentations that illustrated actual situations yet symptomatic for the European area.
The organisers invited the collaborators of the Romanian team to participate in the event, as well as representatives of the institutions that had helped the project: the Romanian Institute for Human Rights, the French Institute, the School Inspectorate, Proedus, etc.
See here (fr) more details about the Erasmus Project.
On Friday 19 October 2018 the Director of the Romanian Institute for Human Rights was the guest of Secondary School “George Poboran” of Slatina. The youngster who had been awarded prizes at the national contests on human rights shared the educational projects they were involved with whose common objectives are democracy, tolerance and volunteering.
Mr. Adrian Bulgaru, Director of RIHR, told the children about the importance of human rights education, of education in general and of the respect for values. He also reminded the children that several days later the world was going to celebrate the United Nations Day, while pointing out the importance of the United Nations Charter and showing the purpose and the principles and which the United Nations mission and activities are based.
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Every year the United Nations Day is celebrated on 24 October to mark the entry into force of the United Nations Charter, the treaty under which the United Nations Organization was established. The events organized on this day in the 193 Member States are devoted to the promotion of the United Nations objectives and achievements.
On the occasion, on Wednesday 24 October, the Romanian Institute for Human Rights (RIHR), in collaboration with Foundation “Adolescenţa” and students at “Spiru Haret” College in Ploieşti organized at the headquarters of the College Documentation and Information Centre a workshop on “Human Rights in the United Nations system” to mark the United Nations Day.
In the opening a PowerPoint document was presented which pointed out the significance of the United Nations Day, the purpose and the tasks of the Organization, the principles on which it is based, its organizational structure as well as the powers of each body in the United Nations system.
The participants could also watch media presentations that pointed out the main events that had taken place in 2018 at the level of the United Nations General Assembly down to its 73rd session of 24 September 2018, devoted to the centenary of Nelson Mandela’s birth.
Conference “Access to education and participation of persons with disabilities”, organized between 26-27 October in Bucharest by the Romanian National Disability Council, Association “RENINCO” and the Romanian Group for Inclusive Education, was an opportunity for debates on three fundamental issues: legislation, monitoring and implementation of adequate practices in the classroom.
The Conference brought together specialists from the academic and the research environments, public institutions having powers in the field, members of the teaching staff in the pre-university educational system and non-governmental organizations and the participants adopted a manifesto.
The RIHR representative had a brief contribution showing with concrete examples – taken from the Institute’s experience in its collaboration with the important actors in the educational system – the barriers which at present can hinder the achievement of an inclusive education for persons with disabilities. Emphasis was also laid on the importance of correct information about the rights of this vulnerable category and also the importance of training the teaching staff (schoolmasters, teachers, school counsellors), but students and parents as well.
See more details here.
A first evaluation of the material received from the participating teachers throughout the country was achieved at the Teachers’ Training Centre in Cluj, the partner of the Romanian Institute for Human Rights and the Ministry of National Education in the organization and running of the “National Contest of didactic creativity in the field of auxiliary material devoted to education for human rights, democracy and a culture of peace”.
It is also worth mentioning that TTC in Cluj has arranged an exhibiting area where the material coming from Bucharest, Caraş-Severin, Maramureş, Brăila, Cluj can be viewed between 29 October – 22 November.
Evaluation and awarding will take place in November, at the headquarters of the Romanian Institute for Human Rights in Bucharest.
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9 November, the International Day Against Fascism and Anti-Semitism
As every year, the Romanian Institute for Human Rights joins the campaign combating fascism and anti-Semitism, an initiative of the international community to create a common front against violence and ideologies inspired by hatred and xenophobia.
RIHR, in partnership with National College “Spiru Haret”, organized the “Human Rights in Action” event in the framework of Project “Another kind of school”. Students of classes X-XI presented in various forms – videos, posters, articles, life stories – the theme of recurrence of extremism. Since 9 November, 1938, the symbolic date of the beginning of the darkest event in recent history – the Holocaust, fascism and anti-Semitism have not disappeared. They continue to manifest themselves in new forms, and the fight against extremism nowadays is not a radical act, but a necessity. For the video and posters of the presentation, RIHR enjoyed, as every year, the support of UNITED for Intercultural Action – the European network of NGOs fighting against nationalism and neo-fascism, and promoting migrant, refugee and minority rights, whose work is supported by 560 NGOs around the world.