FACIAS acts through media by appealing to public opinion when the errors and abuses of the state are of a systematic nature and are the result of unwillingness or incompetence in the exercise of powers.
The Mission of The Foundation For The Defense Of Citizens Against State Abuses (FACIAS) is to guarantee the protection of fundamental rights and freedoms, to prevent, detect and punish, through media and legal means, violations of the laws in force. FACIAS advocates the fight against abuses of state institutions against citizens.
FACIAS seeks to protect citizens from abuses, resulting from ill-will or incompetence, from the institutions of the Romanian State, through information campaigns, prevention and actions supported by public opinion, which will lead to stopping them.
COMPLAINTS AGAINST VARIOUS STATE INSTITUTIONS BREAKING THE LAW, an activity that is still on our agenda.
Examples of FACIAS actions:
- Warning notices sent to institutions breaking the law;
- Open letters on the abuse committed, addressed to the competent authorities or institutions responsible for holding those responsible to account;
- Referral to the European institutions/representatives of the European Parliament;
- Criminal complaints concerning cases of abuse. Addresses of the DNA, Public Prosecutor's Office, Police)
Most such complaints/submissions from institutions such as: General Prosecutor's Office of the High Court of Justice, Ministry of Justice, Superior Council of Magistracy, Vienna Commission, European Court of Human Rights, European Parliament.
Since 2008, FACIAS has made an average of more than 5 such complaints per week
Ever since its establishment in 2008, we have been taking steps to prevent and combat the abuse of power and we are involved on behalf of the communities of citizens whose rights are violated by state authorities. We monitor the work of state institutions and inform the public about it, with the aim of raising citizens' awareness of their rights and the possibility for them to take part in the activities of public institutions, directly or through non-governmental organisations. Our goal is to eliminate abuses in the health system, the prison system and any other area of human rights.
Here is the ideological basis of our work:
"American Declaration of Independence (1776)" and "Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen (France, 1789)"
With all its amplifications and developments, the idea of inalienable human rights has changed the meaning of human-society and human-state relations. Whereas in pre-modern times, man was seen as an ingredient of the community and as a subject of the state, as a subordinate, the spread of the idea of universal individual rights reverses this relationship: man does not exist to serve society and be subject to the state, but society exists and functions to enable people to defend their rights and freedom from any aggression or abuse; the citizen does not exist to subordinate himself to the state and serve it, but the state is called upon to serve the individual, to defend his rights and to create optimal conditions for his development, personal affirmation and fulfilment. It is therefore the people and their aspirations to fulfil themselves, their capacities and their creativity that are primordial, not society or the state. The idea, as I believe I have already mentioned, is common to political liberalism and classical European humanism, and it lies at the heart of humanist doctrine. We believe that it remains of utmost relevance and importance, because part of the permanent tendency to abuse power is also its tendency to use the citizen as a pawn, as a mere tool of influential groups, and not as the goal of politics: power is always prone to use people for its own purposes of domination and control, instead of fulfilling its fundamental duty: that of serving the affirmation of the creative potential of the individual. The struggle against this tendency is therefore permanently necessary, and the humanist movement makes it its central priority.
FACIAS's mission and work ensures that fundamental rights and freedoms are protected in accordance with Universal Declaration of Human Rights – ONU