Romanian Institute for Human Rights
Human rights are inherent to every person, without discrimination, while the right to equality and non-discrimination are the fundamentals of the human rights legislation.
The very first article in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights stipulates that “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.”
The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights as well as the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which were adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 16 December 1966, also enshrine the basic principles of equality and non-discrimination under any circumstances as far as the exercise of all civil, political, economic, social, and cultural rights that any human being shall enjoy.
The universal nature of human rights implies acknowledgement without any restrictions of human diversity which, irrespective of the differences between individuals belonging to various races, ethnic groups, age categories, religious or other communities, offer no justification for attitudes of exclusion and discrimination or forms of intolerance and aggressiveness.
Art. 14 in the European Convention on the Defence of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, “Prohibition of discrimination”, stipulates that The enjoyment of the rights and freedoms set forth in the Convention “shall be secured without discrimination on any ground such as sex, race, colour, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, association with a national minority, property, birth or other status”.
Nevertheless, racial, ethnic, religious discrimination manifest in the daily life hinders progress for millions of people in the whole world.
Racism and intolerance can take various forms - from denying the basic principles of equality down to the nourishment of ethnic hatred that could lead to genocide.
This is the reason why the United Nations Organization officially declared 21 March as the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, a day that also marks the beginning of the Week of Solidarity with the Peoples Struggling Against Racism and Racial Discrimination, organized annually, on initiative by the United Nations General Assembly, since 1979, whose purpose is to raise awareness about the negative consequences of racial discrimination.
The international community also takes efforts to combat racial discrimination and promote tolerance. Elimination of racial discrimination is the opportunity to raise a world of justice and equality, where xenophobia and intolerance are inexistent. Sustainable peace can only be built on the assumption that all people have equal rights and dignity. Irrespective of ethnicity, gender, religion, social or other status.
International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination
International Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid
Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women
Durban Declaration adopted by the World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, 2001
International Convention against apartheid in sports
ILO Convention No. 100 on Equal Remuneration
UNESCO Convention against Discrimination in Education
ILO Convention No. 111 concerning Discrimination in Respect of Employment and Occupation
Universal Declaration of Human Rights
International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
European Convention on the Defence of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms
Law No. 202/2002 on equality of opportunities for women and men ro
Government Ordinance No. 137/2000 on preventing and sanctioning all forms of discrimination ro
Government Decision No. 194 of 2001 on the organization and functioning of the National Council for Combating Discrimination ro
- Drepturi ale persoanelor aparţinând minorităţilor naţionale – Rights of the Persons Belonging to the National Minorities, coordonare Irina Moroianu Zlătescu, Ioan Oancea, IRDO, Bucureşti, 1993
- Drepturile omului în România. Protecţia drepturilor persoanelor aparţinând minorităţilor naţionale – Human Rights in Romania. Protection of the Rights of Persons Belonging to National Minorities, coordonare Irina Moroianu Zlătescu, Ioan Oancea, IRDO, Bucureşti, 1993
- Seminarul internaţional asupra toleranţei – Séminaire international sur la tolérance – International Seminar on Tolerance, Bucureşti 23–26 mai 1995, IRDO, Bucureşti, 1995
- Minorităţile. Identitate. Egalitate, Ion Diaconu, IRDO, Bucureşti, 1998 (Minorities. Identity. Equality)
- Egalitate de şanse, egalitate de tratament, Irina Moroianu Zlătescu, IRDO, Bucureşti, 2000
- Égalité de chances, égalité de traitement, Irina Moroianu Zlătescu, prefaţă de G. Conac, IRDO, Bucureşti, 2000 (Equality of opportunities, equality of treatment)
- Lupta împotriva rasismului, discriminării rasiale, xenofobiei şi intoleranţei, IRDO-ANUROM, Bucureşti, 2001 (Fighting racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and intolerance)
- Convenţia internaţională privind eliminarea tuturor formelor de discriminare rasială, ediţie de colecţie, IRDO, Bucureşti, 2002 (International Convention on the Eliminationa of All Forms of Racial Discrimination)
- A Culture of Peace, Democracy and Tolerance in Romania, Irina Moroianu Zlătescu, Comisia Naţională a României pentru UNESCO şi Institutul Român pentru Drepturile Omului, Bucureşti, 2002
- Fighting racial discrimination – Aspects, Irina Moroianu Zlătescu, IRDO-ANUROM, Bucureşti, 2004
- Egalitatea de şanse pentru persoanele cu handicap. Instrumente internaţionale şi jurisprudenţă, IRDO, Bucureşti, 2004 (Equality of opportunities for persons with disabilities. International instruments and jurisprudence)
- Egalitate. Nediscriminare. Bună administrare, Irina Moroianu Zlătescu, Mihaela Muraru-Mândrea, IRDO, Bucureşti, 2008 (Equality. Non-discrimination. Good administration)
- Protection against racism and discrimination, Irina Moroianu Zlătescu, IRDO, Bucureşti, 2011
- Nediscriminare. Autonomie. Incluziune. Instrumente privind drepturile persoanelor cu handicap şi jurisprudenţă în materie, Irina Moroianu Zlătescu, Anna Neagoe, Ioana Cristina Vida, Alexandru Fărcaş, Dinu Ţepeş, IRDO, Bucureşti, 2012 (Non-discrimination. Autonomy. Inclusion. Instrument son the rights of persons with disabilities and jurisprudence in the field) ro
Between 17-27 March 2018, the Romanian Institute for Human Rights, in partnership with Foundation “Adolescenţa”, initiated a number of events devoted to the Week of Solidarity with the Peoples Struggling Against Racism and Racial Discrimination, whose objective was to raise the public’s awareness about the danger of discrimination and racism in the context of globalization. This year’s theme proposed by the United Nations Organization for the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination was “Promoting tolerance, inclusion, unity and respect for diversity in the context of combating racial discrimination”.
The campaign initiated by RIHR in partnership with Foundation “Adolescenţa” took place as Caravan “Diversity - Never enough”, which visited several colleges and schools in Ploieşti.
20 March 2018
Caravan “Diversity - Never enough”, devoted to the antidiscrimination-tolerance-unity programme, visited “Virgil Madgearu” Economic College in Ploieşti.
22 March 2018
The second stop of Caravan “Diversity - Never enough”, devoted to the antidiscrimination-tolerance-unity programme, was Secondary School “Sfânta Vineri” in Ploieşti.
26 March 2018
The antidiscrimination-tolerance-unity programme, materialized in the form of Caravan “Diversity - Never enough”, continued with College “Spiru Haret” in Ploieşti.
27 March 2018
The last stop of Caravan “Diversity - Never enough” was at Secondary School “Radu Stanian” in Ploieşti.