Timeline

November 11th

Invitation | Elisabeth Pilkington Raţiu Memorial

E.R Memorial

 

August 1st

Fabrica de Timp Liber din Turda – proiect de reabilitare, revitalizare și recontextualizare pentru comunitate

Read the article here. (RO)

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April 6th

 

DADA conference

Ratiu Democracy Center is pleased to invite you to DADA conference, during the Raţiu Friends and Family Weekend event. The conference is dedicated to the centenary of Dada movement – “Romanians in the artistic avant-garde of the twentieth century - 100 years of Dadaism" and it is presented by Petre Raileanu - essayist, publicist, translator and literary critic, awardee of the Sarane Alexandrian scholarship.

The event will take place Friday, May 13, 2016, from 14:00.

We welcome you to join us in the CRD Conference Room, in Turda, 1918 December 1 Square, No. 1.

For further information, please do not hesitate to contact us at the e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or by phone 0728 989 082.

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March 31st

Aviation terrorism, through the eyes of a former hostage 

See the article here. (RO)

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March 30th

Save the date!

The Ratiu Friends & Family Weekend

13-15 May 2016

 

RSPV:

29 of April 2016

 
Doinita Pop
Phone: +40 728 989 091

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March 29th

Tree planting activities are unfolding at the Free Time Factory, as students from the Cluj Napoca University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine have returned to aid plant the trees for the green space they designed. Free Time Factory is a community place that blends young design and young professionals, while developing programs addressing the interests of Turda's young populace.

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March 21th

CRD, under the patronage of Ratiu Family Charitable Foundation, has just lauched in partnership with the Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning, a call for projects enabling young architects to design functional objects for the courtyard of Free Time Factory.

Through this partnership, CRD is looking further into strategically developing the site as a community center, a place which the younger generation of Turda inhabitants can relate to, with contemporary design and activities that promote and develop the area. By allowing the young professionals to use wood from the broken barrels existing on the premises, we aim to recreate a sense of memory of a place that now develops a new functionality and role within the community.

First and second year students are to deliver the projects on April 5th, third year students are to prepare the project as individual study or in groups of two, the project is to be delivered on April 15th. Results will be announced on April 15th, 18.00. The value of the prizes per team is: third prize- 100 euro, second prize- 200 euros, first prize- 300 euros.

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March 17th

Youth Hostel

CRD, under the patronage of Ratiu Family Charitable Foundation, launches, in partnership with the Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning, a second call for projects for a youth hostel to be developed on the first floor of the old Turda Brewery in the area overlooking the pavilion.

Once a landmark building of the town, the site has undergone significant transformation recently with the aim of becoming a community center catering for the needs of Turda's young populace. A youth hostel completes this approach, allowing young travelers from all over the world the change to meet with them and discover the natural richness of this area.

With fun and funky as style coordinates, the youth hostel will be a 40 bed space for men and women with a communal kitchen and lounge and separate bathroom area. The project was launched at the Faculty on March 17th, the deadline for applications is June 27th.  There were more than 60 students in attendance at the launching, a picture gallery is available below.

See photos here about the meeting with future architects and major talents. - photos by Hunor Bako

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March 11th

Trustees meeting

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March 4th

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24th February

Seminarul "Liga Liderilor" la Casa Ratiu

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8th December 2015

Jamil Hasanli: Political Challenges of the Contemporary Azerbaijan
Invited at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, to feature the 11th Annual Ion Ratiu Democracy Award Workshop, on December 8th 2015, Dr. Jamil Hasanli, a historian and democracy activist in Azerbaijan, talked about the challenges faced by his country, about its attempt to take distance from Russia after winning independence in 1991 following the Soviet Union dissolution. “Azerbaijan and its authoritarian government have kept their criminal nature. The governors are engaged in corruption, they have an unlimited monopoly inside the country, and they have forged and confiscated the elections. Innocent people are arrested and jailed, and there are over 100 political convicts. I’ve just learnt today that the president of the Azerbaijan Popular Front Party, Fuad Gahramanli, was arrested. The Government does not respect its people. Then how could we talk about any form of cooperation and about sharing values?! When Azerbaijan joined the Council of Europe in 2001, we were naïve enough to believe that the European Union would do anything to adjust the Azerbaijan regime and system to the European standards. It is only now that we realize that the exact opposite happened: the European Union was forced to follow the rules of Azerbaijan. This is a very dangerous tendency when it comes to lobby and lobby related activities, and we need to be very careful. I would like to say a few words about political convicts in Azerbaijan. Why? Because I am the head of the committee that defends the rights of political convicts from Azerbaijan – around 100 individuals as said before. Most of them have been arrested and imprisoned in the last years, following the latest presidential elections. Two women are among them – Layla Yunus and Khadija Ismayil. On 21 December, Layla Yunus will turn 60, but we cannot be certain that she will be able to celebrate her birthday.

Because her situation is terrible – anything can happen to her in the jail. And I can’t understand – in an ethic sense - what does the Azerbaijan government win by putting pressure on Leyla Yunus?!”, state Dr. Jamil Hasanli in his speech.

A few hours after Dr. Hasnali’s statement, on December 9th, Leyla Yunus was released, following a decision of the Baku Court of Appeal, which suspended her eight-and-a-half year jail sentence and turned it into a five year probation. We strongly believe that the efforts of the international community, of states and supranational organizations, of NGOs and individuals made this release happen. We are proud that Dr. Jaimil Hasanli – the awardee of the Ioan Ratiu Democracy Award, of the Woodrow Wilson Institute for International Studies and of the Ratiu Family Charitable Foundation – is one of them.

When leaving the jail, Leyla Yunus – who was sentenced for treason, tax evasion and fraud for political reasons – complaint that she was severely beaten by guardians when she was arrested, in July 2014. Her husband, Arif Yunus, waited for her; he had also been sentenced to seven years of jail on the same charges, but was released for medical reasons in November 2015.
 
The prosecution of Leyla Yunus and of her husband was condemned by the national community as a part of the repression against Azerbaijan dissidents. Numerous activists, journalists and critics of the government – including journalist Khadija Ismayil - are still in jail, on charges that are regarded as political by Western officials and groups defending the human rights.
 
You can watch below the 11th Annual Ion Ratiu Democracy Award Workshop, an event is co-sponsored by the Ratiu Family Charitable Foundation and the Ratiu Democracy Center.

The Future of Azerbaijan and the US Policy in the Caucasus (VIDEO)

Keynote – The Power of Oil or the Value of Democracy (VIDEO)

IRDA 2015 Video

 

30th October 2015

Save the Date - The Power of Oil or the Value of Democracy: Political Challenges of Modern Azerbaijan

2015 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award Workshop

The Global Europe Program is pleased to host the 11th Annual Ion Ratiu Democracy Award Workshop on "The Power of Oil or the Value of Democracy: Political Challenges of Modern Azerbaijan," featuring remarks by the 2015 recipient of the Ion Ratiu Democracy Award, Jamil Hasanli, an historian and political activist in Azerbaijan.

More details here.

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30th October 2015

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19th October 2015

Jamil Hasanli to Receive 2015 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award

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Jamil Hasanli to Receive 2015 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award - See more at: https://www.wilsoncenter.org/article/jamil-hasanli-to-receive-2015-ion-ratiu-democracy-award#sthash.5BbhAqUf.dpuf

Jamil Hasanli to Receive 2015 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award - See more at: https://www.wilsoncenter.org/article/jamil-hasanli-to-receive-2015-ion-ratiu-democracy-award#sthash.5BbhAqUf.dpuf

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars is pleased to announce that Dr. Jamil Hasanli, a leading scholar and political activist from Azerbaijan, will receive the 2015 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award, a one-month fellowship in Washington, D.C. The awardee was selected by the Ratiu Award Board which includes former awardees, such as Polish dissident and public intellectual Adam Michnik. 

A former member of parliament, and leading historian, Dr. Hasanli is currently the Chairman of the National Council for Democratic Forces of Azerbaijan. His activism dates back to 1988-1989, when Hasanli, as a young historian, was one of the co-founders of the pro-democracy Azerbaijan Popular Front (APF) organization. In 2013, he was chosen as the sole opposition candidate to face Azerbaijani president Ilham Aliyev. At great personal cost he remains chairman of the National Council, a position he uses to air grievances against the government’s crackdown on human rights activists, journalists and bloggers. He regularly visits the most controversial political prisoners arguing that they need moral support as well as food and medicine while in prison.

Established in 2005, the Ion Ratiu Democracy Award (IRDA) aims to bring visibility and international recognition to the ideas, ideals and accomplishments of individuals around the world who are working on behalf of democracy. It brings recognition to the importance of the work carried out by democracy activists around the world.  The event expresses the deep commitment to democracy of the late Ion Ratiu through his contributions as a Romanian politician as well as his interest in democratic change worldwide. The selection is made by an advisory board comprised of members of the Ratiu Family Foundation and previous awardees.

Previous awardees include Mustafa Nayyem (Ukraine, 2014), Angela Kocze (Hungary, 2013), Aung San Suu Kyi (Myanmar, 2012), Nabeel Rajab (Bahrain, 2011), Oleg Kozlovsky (Russia, 2010), Adam Michnik (Poland, 2009), Eleonora Cercavschi (Moldova, 2008), Anatoli Mikhailov (Belarus, 2007), Saad Ibrahim (Egypt, 2006), and Sergio Aguayo (Mexico, 2005).

The Award is generously supported by the Ratiu Family Foundation (London), established in 1979 by Ion Ratiu and his wife Elisabeth Ratiu, in partnership with the Ratiu Democracy Center (Turda, Romania, Ion Ratiu’s birthplace). The goals of the Foundation are to further education and research in the culture and history of Romania in particular, and also to stimulate and support civil society in its understanding and application of democracy and democratic principles the world over. Details can be found on www.ratiufamilyfoundation.com and www.ratiudemocracycenter.org.  

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the living national memorial to President Woodrow Wilson, was established by Congress in 1968 and is headquartered in Washington, D.C. It is a nonpartisan institution, supported by public and private funds, engaged in the study of national and world affairs. The Center establishes and maintains a neutral forum for free, open, and informed dialogue of ideas.

For more information, please visit the IRDA website www.wilsoncenter.org/ratiu.

- See more at: https://www.wilsoncenter.org/article/jamil-hasanli-to-receive-2015-ion-ratiu-democracy-award#sthash.5BbhAqUf.dpuf

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars is pleased to announce that Dr. Jamil Hasanli, a leading scholar and political activist from Azerbaijan, will receive the 2015 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award, a one-month fellowship in Washington, D.C. The awardee was selected by the Ratiu Award Board which includes former awardees, such as Polish dissident and public intellectual Adam Michnik.

A former member of parliament, and leading historian, Dr. Hasanli is currently the Chairman of the National Council for Democratic Forces of Azerbaijan. His activism dates back to 1988-1989, when Hasanli, as a young historian, was one of the co-founders of the pro-democracy Azerbaijan Popular Front (APF) organization. In 2013, he was chosen as the sole opposition candidate to face Azerbaijani president Ilham Aliyev. At great personal cost he remains chairman of the National Council, a position he uses to air grievances against the government’s crackdown on human rights activists, journalists and bloggers. He regularly visits the most controversial political prisoners arguing that they need moral support as well as food and medicine while in prison.

Established in 2005, the Ion Ratiu Democracy Award (IRDA) aims to bring visibility and international recognition to the ideas, ideals and accomplishments of individuals around the world who are working on behalf of democracy. It brings recognition to the importance of the work carried out by democracy activists around the world.  The event expresses the deep commitment to democracy of the late Ion Ratiu through his contributions as a Romanian politician as well as his interest in democratic change worldwide. The selection is made by an advisory board comprised of members of the Ratiu Family Foundation and previous awardees.

Previous awardees include Mustafa Nayyem (Ukraine, 2014), Angela Kocze (Hungary, 2013), Aung San Suu Kyi (Myanmar, 2012), Nabeel Rajab (Bahrain, 2011), Oleg Kozlovsky (Russia, 2010), Adam Michnik (Poland, 2009), Eleonora Cercavschi (Moldova, 2008), Anatoli Mikhailov (Belarus, 2007), Saad Ibrahim (Egypt, 2006), and Sergio Aguayo (Mexico, 2005).

The Award is generously supported by the Ratiu Family Foundation (London), established in 1979 by Ion Ratiu and his wife Elisabeth Ratiu, in partnership with the Ratiu Democracy Center (Turda, Romania, Ion Ratiu’s birthplace). The goals of the Foundation are to further education and research in the culture and history of Romania in particular, and also to stimulate and support civil society in its understanding and application of democracy and democratic principles the world over. Details can be found on www.ratiufamilyfoundation.com and www.ratiudemocracycenter.org

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the living national memorial to President Woodrow Wilson, was established by Congress in 1968 and is headquartered in Washington, D.C. It is a nonpartisan institution, supported by public and private funds, engaged in the study of national and world affairs. The Center establishes and maintains a neutral forum for free, open, and informed dialogue of ideas.

For more information, please visit the IRDA website www.wilsoncenter.org/ratiu.

 

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars is pleased to announce that Dr. Jamil Hasanli, a leading scholar and political activist from Azerbaijan, will receive the 2015 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award, a one-month fellowship in Washington, D.C. The awardee was selected by the Ratiu Award Board which includes former awardees, such as Polish dissident and public intellectual Adam Michnik. 

A former member of parliament, and leading historian, Dr. Hasanli is currently the Chairman of the National Council for Democratic Forces of Azerbaijan. His activism dates back to 1988-1989, when Hasanli, as a young historian, was one of the co-founders of the pro-democracy Azerbaijan Popular Front (APF) organization. In 2013, he was chosen as the sole opposition candidate to face Azerbaijani president Ilham Aliyev. At great personal cost he remains chairman of the National Council, a position he uses to air grievances against the government’s crackdown on human rights activists, journalists and bloggers. He regularly visits the most controversial political prisoners arguing that they need moral support as well as food and medicine while in prison.

Established in 2005, the Ion Ratiu Democracy Award (IRDA) aims to bring visibility and international recognition to the ideas, ideals and accomplishments of individuals around the world who are working on behalf of democracy. It brings recognition to the importance of the work carried out by democracy activists around the world.  The event expresses the deep commitment to democracy of the late Ion Ratiu through his contributions as a Romanian politician as well as his interest in democratic change worldwide. The selection is made by an advisory board comprised of members of the Ratiu Family Foundation and previous awardees.

Previous awardees include Mustafa Nayyem (Ukraine, 2014), Angela Kocze (Hungary, 2013), Aung San Suu Kyi (Myanmar, 2012), Nabeel Rajab (Bahrain, 2011), Oleg Kozlovsky (Russia, 2010), Adam Michnik (Poland, 2009), Eleonora Cercavschi (Moldova, 2008), Anatoli Mikhailov (Belarus, 2007), Saad Ibrahim (Egypt, 2006), and Sergio Aguayo (Mexico, 2005).

The Award is generously supported by the Ratiu Family Foundation (London), established in 1979 by Ion Ratiu and his wife Elisabeth Ratiu, in partnership with the Ratiu Democracy Center (Turda, Romania, Ion Ratiu’s birthplace). The goals of the Foundation are to further education and research in the culture and history of Romania in particular, and also to stimulate and support civil society in its understanding and application of democracy and democratic principles the world over. Details can be found on www.ratiufamilyfoundation.com and www.ratiudemocracycenter.org.  

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the living national memorial to President Woodrow Wilson, was established by Congress in 1968 and is headquartered in Washington, D.C. It is a nonpartisan institution, supported by public and private funds, engaged in the study of national and world affairs. The Center establishes and maintains a neutral forum for free, open, and informed dialogue of ideas.

For more information, please visit the IRDA website www.wilsoncenter.org/ratiu.

- See more at: https://www.wilsoncenter.org/article/jamil-hasanli-to-receive-2015-ion-ratiu-democracy-award#sthash.5BbhAqUf.dpuf

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars is pleased to announce that Dr. Jamil Hasanli, a leading scholar and political activist from Azerbaijan, will receive the 2015 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award, a one-month fellowship in Washington, D.C. The awardee was selected by the Ratiu Award Board which includes former awardees, such as Polish dissident and public intellectual Adam Michnik. 

A former member of parliament, and leading historian, Dr. Hasanli is currently the Chairman of the National Council for Democratic Forces of Azerbaijan. His activism dates back to 1988-1989, when Hasanli, as a young historian, was one of the co-founders of the pro-democracy Azerbaijan Popular Front (APF) organization. In 2013, he was chosen as the sole opposition candidate to face Azerbaijani president Ilham Aliyev. At great personal cost he remains chairman of the National Council, a position he uses to air grievances against the government’s crackdown on human rights activists, journalists and bloggers. He regularly visits the most controversial political prisoners arguing that they need moral support as well as food and medicine while in prison.

Established in 2005, the Ion Ratiu Democracy Award (IRDA) aims to bring visibility and international recognition to the ideas, ideals and accomplishments of individuals around the world who are working on behalf of democracy. It brings recognition to the importance of the work carried out by democracy activists around the world.  The event expresses the deep commitment to democracy of the late Ion Ratiu through his contributions as a Romanian politician as well as his interest in democratic change worldwide. The selection is made by an advisory board comprised of members of the Ratiu Family Foundation and previous awardees.

Previous awardees include Mustafa Nayyem (Ukraine, 2014), Angela Kocze (Hungary, 2013), Aung San Suu Kyi (Myanmar, 2012), Nabeel Rajab (Bahrain, 2011), Oleg Kozlovsky (Russia, 2010), Adam Michnik (Poland, 2009), Eleonora Cercavschi (Moldova, 2008), Anatoli Mikhailov (Belarus, 2007), Saad Ibrahim (Egypt, 2006), and Sergio Aguayo (Mexico, 2005).

The Award is generously supported by the Ratiu Family Foundation (London), established in 1979 by Ion Ratiu and his wife Elisabeth Ratiu, in partnership with the Ratiu Democracy Center (Turda, Romania, Ion Ratiu’s birthplace). The goals of the Foundation are to further education and research in the culture and history of Romania in particular, and also to stimulate and support civil society in its understanding and application of democracy and democratic principles the world over. Details can be found on www.ratiufamilyfoundation.com and www.ratiudemocracycenter.org.  

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the living national memorial to President Woodrow Wilson, was established by Congress in 1968 and is headquartered in Washington, D.C. It is a nonpartisan institution, supported by public and private funds, engaged in the study of national and world affairs. The Center establishes and maintains a neutral forum for free, open, and informed dialogue of ideas.

For more information, please visit the IRDA website www.wilsoncenter.org/ratiu.

- See more at: https://www.wilsoncenter.org/article/jamil-hasanli-to-receive-2015-ion-ratiu-democracy-award#sthash.gPEMJQJg.dpuf

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars is pleased to announce that Dr. Jamil Hasanli, a leading scholar and political activist from Azerbaijan, will receive the 2015 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award, a one-month fellowship in Washington, D.C. The awardee was selected by the Ratiu Award Board which includes former awardees, such as Polish dissident and public intellectual Adam Michnik. 

A former member of parliament, and leading historian, Dr. Hasanli is currently the Chairman of the National Council for Democratic Forces of Azerbaijan. His activism dates back to 1988-1989, when Hasanli, as a young historian, was one of the co-founders of the pro-democracy Azerbaijan Popular Front (APF) organization. In 2013, he was chosen as the sole opposition candidate to face Azerbaijani president Ilham Aliyev. At great personal cost he remains chairman of the National Council, a position he uses to air grievances against the government’s crackdown on human rights activists, journalists and bloggers. He regularly visits the most controversial political prisoners arguing that they need moral support as well as food and medicine while in prison.

Established in 2005, the Ion Ratiu Democracy Award (IRDA) aims to bring visibility and international recognition to the ideas, ideals and accomplishments of individuals around the world who are working on behalf of democracy. It brings recognition to the importance of the work carried out by democracy activists around the world.  The event expresses the deep commitment to democracy of the late Ion Ratiu through his contributions as a Romanian politician as well as his interest in democratic change worldwide. The selection is made by an advisory board comprised of members of the Ratiu Family Foundation and previous awardees.

Previous awardees include Mustafa Nayyem (Ukraine, 2014), Angela Kocze (Hungary, 2013), Aung San Suu Kyi (Myanmar, 2012), Nabeel Rajab (Bahrain, 2011), Oleg Kozlovsky (Russia, 2010), Adam Michnik (Poland, 2009), Eleonora Cercavschi (Moldova, 2008), Anatoli Mikhailov (Belarus, 2007), Saad Ibrahim (Egypt, 2006), and Sergio Aguayo (Mexico, 2005).

The Award is generously supported by the Ratiu Family Foundation (London), established in 1979 by Ion Ratiu and his wife Elisabeth Ratiu, in partnership with the Ratiu Democracy Center (Turda, Romania, Ion Ratiu’s birthplace). The goals of the Foundation are to further education and research in the culture and history of Romania in particular, and also to stimulate and support civil society in its understanding and application of democracy and democratic principles the world over. Details can be found on www.ratiufamilyfoundation.com and www.ratiudemocracycenter.org.  

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the living national memorial to President Woodrow Wilson, was established by Congress in 1968 and is headquartered in Washington, D.C. It is a nonpartisan institution, supported by public and private funds, engaged in the study of national and world affairs. The Center establishes and maintains a neutral forum for free, open, and informed dialogue of ideas.

For more information, please visit the IRDA website www.wilsoncenter.org/ratiu.

- See more at: https://www.wilsoncenter.org/article/jamil-hasanli-to-receive-2015-ion-ratiu-democracy-award#sthash.5BbhAqUf.dpuf

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars is pleased to announce that Dr. Jamil Hasanli, a leading scholar and political activist from Azerbaijan, will receive the 2015 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award, a one-month fellowship in Washington, D.C. The awardee was selected by the Ratiu Award Board which includes former awardees, such as Polish dissident and public intellectual Adam Michnik. 

A former member of parliament, and leading historian, Dr. Hasanli is currently the Chairman of the National Council for Democratic Forces of Azerbaijan. His activism dates back to 1988-1989, when Hasanli, as a young historian, was one of the co-founders of the pro-democracy Azerbaijan Popular Front (APF) organization. In 2013, he was chosen as the sole opposition candidate to face Azerbaijani president Ilham Aliyev. At great personal cost he remains chairman of the National Council, a position he uses to air grievances against the government’s crackdown on human rights activists, journalists and bloggers. He regularly visits the most controversial political prisoners arguing that they need moral support as well as food and medicine while in prison.

Established in 2005, the Ion Ratiu Democracy Award (IRDA) aims to bring visibility and international recognition to the ideas, ideals and accomplishments of individuals around the world who are working on behalf of democracy. It brings recognition to the importance of the work carried out by democracy activists around the world.  The event expresses the deep commitment to democracy of the late Ion Ratiu through his contributions as a Romanian politician as well as his interest in democratic change worldwide. The selection is made by an advisory board comprised of members of the Ratiu Family Foundation and previous awardees.

Previous awardees include Mustafa Nayyem (Ukraine, 2014), Angela Kocze (Hungary, 2013), Aung San Suu Kyi (Myanmar, 2012), Nabeel Rajab (Bahrain, 2011), Oleg Kozlovsky (Russia, 2010), Adam Michnik (Poland, 2009), Eleonora Cercavschi (Moldova, 2008), Anatoli Mikhailov (Belarus, 2007), Saad Ibrahim (Egypt, 2006), and Sergio Aguayo (Mexico, 2005).

The Award is generously supported by the Ratiu Family Foundation (London), established in 1979 by Ion Ratiu and his wife Elisabeth Ratiu, in partnership with the Ratiu Democracy Center (Turda, Romania, Ion Ratiu’s birthplace). The goals of the Foundation are to further education and research in the culture and history of Romania in particular, and also to stimulate and support civil society in its understanding and application of democracy and democratic principles the world over. Details can be found on www.ratiufamilyfoundation.com and www.ratiudemocracycenter.org.  

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the living national memorial to President Woodrow Wilson, was established by Congress in 1968 and is headquartered in Washington, D.C. It is a nonpartisan institution, supported by public and private funds, engaged in the study of national and world affairs. The Center establishes and maintains a neutral forum for free, open, and informed dialogue of ideas.

For more information, please visit the IRDA website www.wilsoncenter.org/ratiu.

- See more at: https://www.wilsoncenter.org/article/jamil-hasanli-to-receive-2015-ion-ratiu-democracy-award#sthash.5BbhAqUf.

29th September 2015

A sneak preview of what's to come!!! Partnering together to create a Green Space for the community on the grounds of the brewery in Turda, Transylvania. These wonderful designs were created by the university students of USAMV, Cluj Agricultural and Veterinary University. A Green Space including parkland, pavilion, skateboard park and beach volley ball court was made possible through the grant Voluntariat, Verde, Viata.  The work will be completed in stages. To date the Pavilion has been completed, the paving and volley ball court are in progress and the skateboard park is to be tackled in the spring. In November 1/2 the trees will be planted with balance to be continued in early 2016. Watch this space for development, better yet, visit us and experience the changes!!!

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26th August 2015

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15th August 2015

Tango night at Ratiu Center for Democracy.

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July 2015

Ratiu Center for Democracy - Annual Report

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8th - 22th July 2015

Sherban Lupu Violin Master Class

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5th - 7th June 2015

CRD Workshop 2015

Every year, Raţiu Center for Democracy (CRD) hosts the CRD Workshop (formerly known as the “Raţiu Friends and Family Weekend”), an event focused on promoting “democracy as a way of life” – the main principle adhered to, and promoted by Ion Raţiu (1917 – 2000), the life-long Romanian opponent of communism and advocate of democracy. In this year’s program, we featured round-table discussions, public debates, workshops focused on accountability through new media tools, activism for democracy, minority rights, press freedom etc.

Ratiu Friends and Familly 2015 © FOTO: Mircea Rosca / www.ActionFoto.ro

More photos with the event here.

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15th March 2015

Nicolae Ratiu, the Romanian gentleman was presented with his MBE by HRH Prince Charles

Please follow the exclusive report.

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26th February

Nicolae Ratiu was presented with his MBE by HRH Prince Charles

The ceremony took place on 26 of February at Buckingham Palace. Nicolae received the medal Most Excellent Order of Member of the British Empire in recognition of his work with Disadvantaged Romanians.

Prince Charles confessed his own love of Romania proudly stating that it would now be 18 times that he has visited. He congratulated Nicolae Ratiu on the projects supported by the Ratiu Foundation and Ratiu Ceneter for Democracy, in particular the Youth Engagement program. Nicolae in turn thanked HRH Prince Charles for continually projecting a positive image of the country they both loved.

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February 25th 2015 – March 20th 2015

The Romanian Cultural Centre in London / Ratiu Family Foundation are pleased to announce the opening of the Ratiu Archives to the public: #Ratiu: Browsing through the Past.

This year we marked 15 years since we lost Ion Ratiu (1917 - 2000) – ‘The best President Romania never had’ – as he is often remembered, a patriot who fought all his life for a democratic and socially just Romanian society. During his exile in England, between 1940-1990, Ion Ratiu devoted his life to promoting the cause of a free and democratic Romania. Regular and frequent radio broadcasts, articles, newsletters, lectures, talks and lobby initiatives as well as the associations he founded or supported throughout the years stand as proof of his continuous struggle. We wanted to reveal these extraordinary narratives and make the historical documents available and easier to access so have started the process of digitising the Ratiu Archive in stages, The World through the Eyes of Young Ion Ratiu’ (1940 - 1961) being the first one. The exhibited items include personal correspondence, diary notes, newspaper articles, and official and internal papers of organisations ranging from student unions to Eastern European exile groups. By using documents from Ion Ratiu’s personal collection, the exhibition offers a unique perspective on this historical period.

This event is the result of a bigger digitisation project carried out as part of a Project Grant from the Ratiu Family Foundation. The motivation behind this project was to gradually open the Rațiu Archives for online access in order to increase its public visibility and availability for academic research.

For more details please visit: http://www.ratiuarchives.co.uk/

ratiu browsing

 

13th February 2015

The Global Europe Program hosted the 10th Annual Ion Ratiu Democracy Award Workshop on Ukrainian Democracy After the Maidan featuring keynote remarks the 2014 recipient of the Ion Ratiu Democracy Award, Mustafa Nayyem, a journalist, democracy activist and Parliamentarian in Ukraine.

 Mustafa Nayyem has been working at “Ukrainska Pravda” (“Ukrainian Truth”) since 2006, directing online media. In April 2013, along with several colleagues, he founded Ukraine’s first independent Internet TV Channel: Hromadske.tv. This unique platform is funded by independent donations, and was created in response to censorship and media monopolization. Mr. Nayyem and Hromadske.tv played a crucial role in the “Euromaidan” protests, which precipitated the fall of President Yanukovych’s government and are evidence of the Ukrainian people’s struggle for freedom and democratic values. In addition, Mr. Nayyem won a seat in Parliament in Ukraine’s October 2014 elections.

Established in 2005, the Ion Ratiu Democracy Award (IRDA) aims to bring visibility and international recognition to the ideas, ideals and accomplishments of individuals around the world who are working on behalf of democracy. The event expresses the deep commitment to democracy of the late Ion Ratiuthrough his contributions as a Romanian politician as well as his interest in democratic change worldwide.This event is co-sponsored by the Ratiu Family Charitable Foundation, the Ratiu Center for Democracy, and the Kennan Institute.

VIDEO: Ukrainian Democracy After the Maidan: Threats and Opportunities

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12th January 2015

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9th January 2015

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8th September 2014

Yesterday we had a special guest at Casa Ratiu: Alexandru Popescu, who is walking from Ploiesti to Bruxelles. Here is his short story: Alexandru Popescu is a Romanian activist who fights for a clean and healthy environment. Last December, he was on hunger strike for 22 days in Bucharest as a protest against the law enforcement’s violence from Pungesti, Vaslui County.
How is he protesting? He is going on foot from Ploiesti to Bruxelles. The itinerary will take 3.150 km, via Ploiesti – Brasov – Cluj-Napoca – Oradea – Budapest – Vienna – Berlin – Paris – Bruxelles. He hopes to finish this journey on the 30th November, 2014, so that on the 1st of December, on Romania`s National Day, he would be able to read a message at the European Parliament “This fight is for our next generations and we now have the duty, for their welfare, of protecting the environment. After the earth and water will be poisoned, there will be no point for doing something. It will be too late. My message is very simple: ROMANIANS DO NOT WANT CYANIDE AND SHALE GAS. And because we are part of the European Union, I wish other citizens in E.U. to join me in this protest, showing that EUROPE DOES NOT WANT CYANIDE AND SHALE GAS!”
The most important thing we could do is to share his message. We need to inform the media and the citizens about his protest. The second thing we could do is to support him. He needs a warm smile, a glass of water, a warm meal or a bed to lie down for a few hours. Please talk to him, guide him in the right direction or just shake his hand. Don't forget he is doing this protest for you too!
Yesterday he had a meeting at our “La Papion” cultural coffee-shop with volunteers, the press and whoever wanted to listen to his story. This morning he left towards Cluj together with Adi Dohotaru, the coordinator of our volunteer center. Next to his badges, on his back-pack we put a bow-tie, a little symbol of democracy.
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19th August 2014

I had the opportunity to speak about our ambitious programs in Turda at Look Plus TV. These are some interesting footage from the show broadcasted on the 19th of August. I hope you will enjoy finding more about our activities here.

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1st August 2014

We thank to our partners, sponsors and to our very talented collaborators, young architects and engineers for helping us to open to the community this open air stage. Please find the below newsletter (notice: the newsletter is in Romanian) 

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12th July 2014

Last Saturday the future Youth Center from the old brewery got alive. Never heard music was played by young and extremely talented students, who did attend the Sherban Lupu Violin master class hosted by Ratiu Center for Democracy during the last two weeks. Looking forward for next year master class.

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Dear friends, please consider this wonderful opportunity and join us! The concerto - organized by Maestro Sherban Lupu - with talented young musicians from Romania and abroad will be a delight for our souls. Saturday evening see you all in Turda, at the former brewery, the future Free Time Factory.

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1st July 2014

Now OPEN - Casa Ratiu Guesthouse

More about the Casa Ratiu Guesthouse here.

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5th - 8th June

The 10th year anniversary of the Raţiu Center for Democracy was celebrated during the annual Raţiu Friends and Family Weekend's gathering and it was a cocktail of events, exhibitions and debates, all seasoned with wine tastings and a finale to remember! The Dinner at the Brewery (Concept: Pamela Raţiu, Chef: Paul Bloomfield) started on Astor Piazzola's Libertango performed by a group of skilled musicians from Cluj in a very unique environment. 

More pictures about the event here.

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June

Dear friends, 

We are celebrating this year a significant 10 year milestone in the fulfillment of our democracy-related mission: We would be honoured to invite you to be with us here in Turda between the dates of June 5th and 8th, during our reunion of partners, sponsors, friends and family, when we will be celebrating together the Ratiu Friends and Family Weekend marking 10 years of activity since 2004 at the Raţiu Democracy Center. Find the highlights of the program here.

 

May 7th 2014

The Etiquette Class with the German Section of the European Studies Faculty - Babes-Bolyai University (Cluj) rejoined a charming group of students who will, no doubt, have success in their initiatives!

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March 19th 2014

We hosted this week at Ratiu Democracy Center in Turda a very inspiring workshop: Professor Yuwei Shi from the Monterey Institute (California) visited us and held a lecture about the social entrepreneurship for those willing to start a small business on their own and about the Frontier Market Scouts Program.
You can read further information here.

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February 24th 2014

We shared our vision about the Free Time Factory and the restoration of the former Brewery in Turda we are running at Ratiu Democracy Center. Tudor and I were invited at the Regional Cafe morning program on TVR 3. You can watch below the interview starting at the 01:23:00 minute here.

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January 24th 2014

Excellent day, meeting officials at Cluj-Napoca city hall, having a wonderful and fruitful time at Ratiu House in Turda, many thanks to our great hosts, Pamela Roussos Ratiu:

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January 17th 2014

 In memoriam Ion Ratiu

'So beautiful a country, so badly governed' noted Ion Raţiu in his journal in 1998. He was travelling by car from Bucharest to Arad, the town he was elected to represent in the Chamber of Deputies from 1996 to 2000. Every month during parliamentary sessions he would drive there to hold a constituency surgery, a practise he had learned whilst in exile in the United Kingdom whereby any constituent was given the opportunity to air their local grievances in person to their member of Parliament, the purpose being that their representative would then take action on the issue whenever possible either at a local level or at a national level.

We may well ask how many of today's deputies and senators in Romania have considered such a practise, let alone pursue it. The concept that Romania's parliamentary members are in fact elected to represent the interests of their voting constituents, rather than their own, appears today to be totally alien. Service to the country has been converted into self-service.

On January 17th, 14 years after Ion Ratiu passed away, it is I hope not too late or too far back to recall his selfless example of serving and performing his duty for his country, no matter what, his way of life throughout 50 years of exile and throughout a further 10 years after his return in January '89. An opportunity he grasped enthusiastically and passionately with both hands.

May he rest in peace!

Nicolae Raţiu

Chairman of The Raţiu Family Charitable Foundation

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December 11th 2013

Gifts for the Year: Special Garlands from Raţiu Democracy Center

The Raţiu Democracy Center (CRD) is sending out its annual gift to its partners, collaborators and friends: garlands made of local fresh greenery from Turda, put together with the help of locals specially employed for this action.

Having reached its fifth year, this action has become a CRD tradition and the decorations are highly appreciated by receivers; designed by Pamela Roussos Raţiu, the Executive Director of Raţiu Family Charitable Foundation to Romania, they can be placed outdoors and can last for up to two months.

The garlands, which were made of 130 meters of fir-tree, have been delivered by the CRD team to the approximatively 60 recipients throughout the country, among whom The Royal House,  embassies and cultural centers are included.

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December 5th 2013

Christian Ostermann, Ambassador Mark Gitenstein, Nicolae Ratiu, Angela Kocze, His Excellency Iulian Buga Ambassador to Washington DC from Romania, Pamela Ratiu and Jane Harman:

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With Nicolae Ratiu and Madalina Mocan in the bay of San Francisco:

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With Prof. Yuwei Shi, George Roth, Nicolae Ratiu and Madalina Mocan in Monterey California:

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Venue: Library of Congress in Washington DC - Nicolae Ratiu and His Excellency Iulian Buga Ambassador of Romania

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Ion Ratiu Democracy Award workshop in Washington DC.

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With George Haber:

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With Dana Beldiman, Madalina Mocan, Nicolae Ratiu and George Roth:

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Visit to San Francisco:

Sunday, December 1st, 2013

Arrival: December 1st, 2012 , 2.20 BA – London – SF

 

Dinner, I suggest:

Rose Pistola in North Beach – close to the Hotel

http://www.rosepistolasf.com/food_and_drink.shtml

 

Reservation at 7:00 Pm

 

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

9:30 Am - departure for Monterey

12:00 -  Lunch - Jack’s in Portola Plaza Hotel in downtown Monterey with Professor Yuwei Shin

                Visit the IIIS Monterey Campus

 3:00 Pm - Departure for San Francisco

5:30 PM – 8:00 Pm – Meeting with RABN at the Honorary Consulate of Romania, host Dana Beldiman Honorary Consul General of Romania San Francisco

8:00 Pm – Dinner – Hakkasan - http://hakkasan.com/sanfrancisco/

Will also join us:

 - George Haber

   - Dana Beldiman

   - Iulia Roth          

-  Maria Coffino

 

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

9:30 Am - Departure to Stanford

11:00 - Am Visit to the Hoover Archives – Host Laura Cosoveanu

“The Hoover visit was just confirmed for 11 am, December 3rd. You are kindly invited to join Nick Siekierski, Assistant Archivist and myself, in the lobby of the Hoover Tower. “

12.30 Pm Lunch at the Faculty Club  - Hosts: Patricia Young, Prof. Pavle Levi, the director of Stanford CREEES , and Dr. JovanaKnezevic, the Associate Director of CREEES

3:00 Pm – 5:00 Pm - Visit to the Computer Science and Math Faculties – Hosts: Andrei Albert

 

December 2013

To attend a San Francisco meeting with the Romanian-American Business Association

 

November 2013

Attending Goodwine fair at Romexpo Bucharest, organized by Baroness Ileana Kripp-Costinescu and Baron Jakob Kripp, who have reestablished Prince Stirbey wine estate.

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Read more here.

 

November 2013

Co-authoring a chapter on Transilvania Fest with Donald Sloan, co-founder and head of Oxford Gastronomica and Head of Oxford School of Hospitality Management at Oxford Brookes University, and Rareş Crăiuţ, a leading member of the Slow Food Movement in Romania.


The chapter is a part of the collective volume "Food and Drink. The Cultural Context" (2013), edited by DonaldSloan and published by Goodfellow Publishers Ltd. The other contributions cover topics such as food, drink and identity, food ethics, wine tourism and food memories, as well as a range of case studies.

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November 2013

Announcing the 2013 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award winner (IRDA): Dr. Angela Kocze, a leading Hungarian Roma rights activist and scholar. Established in 2005, the Ion Ratiu Democracy Award (IRDA) aims to bring visibility and international recognition to the ideas, ideals and accomplishments of individuals around the world who are working on behalf of democracy. It brings recognition to the importance of the work carried out by democracy activists around the world. The event expresses the deep commitment to democracy of the late Ion Ratiu through his contributions as a Romanian politician as well as his interest in democratic change worldwide.

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Read more about IRDA here.

 

Sherban Lupu Recital: Sonates for Youth and Citizenship

CRD, in partnership with the Raţiu Family Charitable Foundation and the State Transilvania Philharmonic, organized the only recital held in Cluj during the 2013-2014 season by Sherban Lupu, professor emeritus of violin at the University of Illinois. The funds raised through the ticket sale support the CRD “Youth Participation. Active Citizenship” program.

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October 2013

Master Class on sustainability at Maastricht School of Management Romania: the value of sustainability in a foundation today, the difficulties existing in Romania, the lack of public sector funding and the lack of NGOs applying a business plan to foundations.

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September 2013

Organizing Dinner at Casino during the 2013 edition of Transilvania Fest together with the Oxford Brookes volunteers team, chef Paul Bloomfield and sous-chef Boysie Kevill.

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June 2013

Opening new coffee shop La Papion, located at Casa Rațiu, aiming to bring revenue in support of CRD programs.

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June 2013

Dinner in the Turda History Museum during the 2013 Friends and Family Weekend

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June 2013

Why do foreigners like Romania? Contributing to Sandra Pralong’s book on foreigners in love with Romania.

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March 2013

Attending Ion Ratiu Democracy Lecture at the Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival (with Adam Michnik and Nicolae Rațiu).

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January 2013 Myanmar: with Nicolae Ratiu and Aung San Suu Kyi, the 2012 Ion Ratiu Democracy Awardee — at Nay Piy Taw.

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