Conscious of its spiritual and moral heritage, the Union is founded on the indivisible, universal values of human dignity, freedom, equality and solidarity; it is based on the principles of democracy and the rule of law. It places the individual at the heart of its activities, by establishing the citizenship of the Union and by creating an area of freedom, security and justice. – Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union

Като съзнава своето духовно и морално наследство, Съюзът се основава на неделимите и универсални ценности на човешко достойнство, свобода, равенство и солидарност; той почива на принципа на демокрацията и на принципа на правовата държава. Той поставя човека в центъра на своята дейност, като учредява гражданството на Съюза и създава пространство на свобода, сигурност и правосъдие. – Харта на основните права на Европейския съюз

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The logo of the foundation is the lighthouse (in Bulgarian: фар/“far”) as a symbol of light in the darkness.

We believe that what each one of us is called to do paves the way for access to the rescue shore.

Establishment of effective mechanisms

to guarantee access to rights in practice and effective protection against arbitrary deprivation of rights.

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Increasing the institutional and public awareness, sensitivity and commitment

to the need to address systemic problems in access to basic human rights in Bulgaria.

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Development of a favorable legislative environment in line with European and

International standards for the protection of human rights and the establishment of best practices on access to rights.

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The Foundation for Access to Rights (FAR) is a Bulgarian non-governmental organization founded in the public interest. FoundationForAccessToRights

OUR ACTIVITIES

1. Provision of free legal assistance…

…to vulnerable persons with financial difficulties in situations revealing systemic problems in access to rights where solution of these problems would lead to enhanced social justice.

2. Independent professional research…

… on access to rights in Bulgaria.

3. Informing the public and the media…

…on the findings and recommendations of studies conducted, as well as on the existence of barriers to access to rights.

4. Cooperation and assistance…

…to state and local authorities in updating and improving the regulatory framework and practices in Bulgaria.

5. Promoting public awareness…

…by organizing and supporting civic initiatives for compliance with fundamental human rights and for support for needy persons.

6. Creating spaces…

…for public forum and discussion on issues of access to rights in practice.

7. Providing an opportunity…

…for gaining knowledge and practical experience by students and young professionals in the field of protection of human rights.

8. Organizing and conducting

trainings, seminars and lectures on access to rights.

9. Making partnerships

with similar organizations at home and abroad.

FAR Founder

Attorney at law Valeria Ilareva

Valeria Ilareva has been working in the field of legal aid and protection of human rights since 2001. She has a doctoral degree in “International Migration and Social Integration” and “International Public Law” from Madrid University “Complutense” and Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” respectively. Dr. Ilareva has extensive experience as a trainer at the Legal Clinic for Refugees and Immigrants and as a lecturer at a number of distinct training on the application of EU law in Bulgaria. She is author of independent expert analyses on the conformity of Bulgarian law and practice with European and International standards. Valeria Ilareva is known for her active advocacy for the rights of refugees and immigrants in Bulgaria.

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