Freedom of assembly is constitutionally guaranteed in Romania, yet the legislation needs updating, to prevent occasional arbitrariness by the police. NGOs are founded and operate freely, though their financing is uncertain, political parties try to attract them into their orbits and opponents occasionally smear or accuse them of treason. In education, a law was adopted in late 2016, which banned segregation in schools, due to ethnic origin, disability, socio-economic status and a number of other grounds. Romania tries to respect ethnic minority rights according to EU standards, but some communities such as Roma still face problems, despite ongoing governmental programs of desegregation. A rivalry seems to be on between Romanian and Hungarian nationalists, as demonstrated through the court
litigation over a right to a beer brand. In psychiatric care institutions, conditions were, by the Amnesty International, described as “extremely precarious”. Romanian government is struggling hard to stop human trafficking, whereby the country is both the one of origin and one of transit. In a conservative crusade against LGBT equality, a mottled left-right civic initiative Coalition for Family, supported by all the big political parties and religious groups, made it to call a referendum in favor of a constitutional ban of same-sex “families”. Referendum failed due to a low turnout.