The International Human Rights Training, organised by the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) and held in English, finished on August 6. The training was conducted by prominent law experts: dr Fernand de Varenness, dr Elżbieta Kuzborska, and dr Łukasz Wardyn.
During the training, which took place on August 5 and 6, 2013, the participants had the chance to deepen their knowledge on the international human rights system. The programme of the training included lectures on key issues such as judicial decisions of the European Court of Human Rights and the Court of Justice of the European Union, and the protection of human rights and the rights of national minorities in practice. What is more, the participants could learn about the activities of the European Foundation of Human Rights and its successes.
The training is another success of the EFHR. We are immensely glad to have hosted so many participants, the number of whom amounted to nearly 70. The training was of high interest to lawyers, judges, solicitors, and their assistants; the employees of the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Ministry of the Interior; as well as the representatives of non-governmental organisations. This indisputably confirms the need of organising such trainings, especially that, according to the information provided by the Ministry of Justice, there were only 27 trainings devoted to human rights in 2004-2012.
A great number of participants have already taken part in trainings organised by the European Foundation of Human Rights. We are especially glad that, despite the holiday season, students also came in large numbers. “It would be a ‘sin’ not to take such a chance,” said a law woman student, who comes from the Lithuanian city of Kaunas.
After the formal part of the programme came to an end, the participants were eager to ask questions, thereby initiating a very constructive discussion.
The questionnaires assessing the quality of the training completed by its participants gave very positive ratings. We are also grateful for the comments, which will let us improve our offer.
All participants were presented with basic materials on human rights, among others, with informational brochures of the European Council: “Rights and Liberties in Practice” and “47 States and One Organisation… the Council of Europe,” both of which were available in many languages, including Polish and Lithuanian, and which had been prepared by the EFHR by order of the European Council.
We are grateful to the Infolex law portal, Play Radio, Znad Wilii Radio, the Kurier Wileński daily, the Tygodnik Wileńszczyzny weekly, and the L24 website for extending their media patronage over the training.
We also thank MykolasRomerisUniversity and KazimierzSiemienowiczUniversity in Vilnius for promoting the training among their students.
We also thank the Runmis company for preparing delicious food and drinks and for providing professional service during the training.
See you on next training!