Rațiu Center for Democracy

Rațiu Center for Democracy is a nongovernmental, not – for – profit organisation that promotes democracy as a way of life and supports values and behaviours associated with public participation, youth engagement and practical implementation of a multicultural vision.

Urgent Action for Nabeel Rajab

Bahraini prisoner of conscience Nabeel Rajab appeared before the High Criminal Court on 2 August. His trial was adjourned to 5 September, and his continued detention and referral for medical checks was ordered. His lawyers’ request for his release on bail has been rejected again.
1) Please write immediately in Arabic, English or your own language:
Calling on the Bahraini authorities to release Nabeel Rajab immediately and unconditionally as he is a prisoner of conscience, detained solely for peacefully exercising his right to freedom of expression;
Calling on them that, while still detained, Nabeel Rajab is granted access to any medical care he requires and is protected from torture and other ill treatment;
Calling on them to lift Nabeel Rajab’s travel ban;
Urging them to uphold the right to freedom of expression and repeal laws that criminalize the peaceful exercise of the rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly, including Article 216 of the Penal Code.
2) For the full Urgent Action, including appeal addresses and further information, please click on the Word or PDF version below.
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Sign the Pettition!

More, better.

Do not express any criticism, not even “constructive”, about your neighbor’s struggle. Act: do more and better than he does.

Inspired by the needs of a transitional democracy and the personal example of Ion Rațiu, CRD was founded to bridge a gap between practitioners and academia, giving a voice to activists and turning critical thinking into project breaking ground. Its activity was centered on four pillars: research, learn, inform, apply and its topics covered areas like: participation and community involvement, multiculturalism, gender studies, human trafficking, youth projects (theater, debate, volunteering).

With the transformation of Romania came change within the not-for-profit community, which has become more focused and shifted from grass root projects to more oriented, policy changing or challenging activities. CRD developed three areas of expertise: public participation, human rights and youth engagement, the later becoming a more permanent interest.


CRD is founded by Indrei Rațiu with the support of Rațiu Family Charitable Foundation and representatives of Cluj Napoca academia.

CRD is active in the fields of democratization and civic society through programs and projects that aim to improve the quality of democratic life and civic participation in the public sphere.


CRD grants, together with Rațiu Family Charitable Foundation and Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the Ion Rațiu Democracy Award. This distinction encourages and rewards men and women of principle, thinkers as well as activists, struggling to implement democratic values and behaviors in parts of the world where these are either emerging or under threat.

The first Ion Rațiu Democracy Award was granted in 2005 in partnership with Georgetown University.


CRD inaugurates, with the support of Rațiu Family Charitable Foundation, the Ion Rațiu Journalism Award that promotes and encourages citizen dedicated journalism.


CRD redesigns its activity and expertise on regional and national levels to emphasize community involvement of the young populace by offering resources and creating opportunities to make their voices heard and produce social change.


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