The Romanian Institute for Human Rights was established in 1991.

The Romanian Institute for Human Rights carries out activities in the following areas:

  • Ensuring a better understanding of human rights issues, of the way in which these rights are guaranteed in member countries of the UN, OSCE, the Council of Europe and the European Union;
  • informing the international institutions about practical ways in which human rights are promoted and respected in Romania;
  • the elaboration of viewpoints on human rights at the request of parliamentary committees;
  • conducting research on new human rights, on the right to happiness, on recent violations of human rights or on important aspects of protection and respect for human rights in our country and internationally;
  • organizing and implementing training and education on human rights and identifying new methods and methodologies
  • promoting areas of interest at the initiative of the UN or other international or regional organizations (eg. Business and Human Rights)
  • providing consultancy
  • publishing of regulations, documents, studies and research recently issued in the field of international and national human rights;
  • organizing conferences, workshops, symposiums in collaboration with parliamentary committees and universities;
  • diversifying the activity of the Documentation Centre of RIHR.

Head of institution

Adrian Bulgaru



Piața C. A. Rosetti, nr. 4, Sector 2, București 021051

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  • research, training, documentation and consultation on human rights, public information on human rights in Romania and worldwide.

Core functions

  • Monitoring
  • Publishing research, recommendations and opinions
  • Reporting to international and regional human rights mechanisms
  • Complaints handling
  • Legal assistance
  • Advising government, parliament and other public bodies
  • Supporting the work of human rights defenders
  • Cooperation with civil society organisations
  • Human rights education and training
  • Awareness raising activities