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Tomasz Prądzyński, the trainee of the European Foundation of the Human Rights (EFHR), had the honour of representing our Foundation in the 5th International Training SpeakOut 2013, held by the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organisation (UNPO) in Leiden and the Hague in the Netherlands in the second week of August.

The conference aimed at gathering in one place the young leaders, experts and students who are greatly interested in the human rights, in order to teach and develop the mutual understanding of the human rights, as well as to acquire the practical knowledge within the scope of the law. The meeting was organized in form of a panel, where the young representatives of various cultures and countries were able to share their experience and become acquainted with others, who also have the human rights at heart.

The training consisted of the     thematic workshops, led by the experts of the UNPO, the UNOY (United Network of Young Peacebuilders) and the EUROCLIO (European Association of History Educatiors). The covered issues were diverse and provided the contestants with a decent training, among others within the scope of the mechanisms of exercising the human rights in the United Nations, the strategies of negotiation and communication in the human rights campaigns, creation and management of websites, the tactics applied in creating the law and policy concerning the human rights and the rudimentary strategies of lobbying.

The participants were also given a unique opportunity to visit the Seat of Special Tribunal for Lebanon in the Hague and become acquainted with its activities, as well as to see, what the usual work in this institution looks like.

On the second day of the aforementioned training, Tomasz Prądzyński demonstrated to the participants the activity of the EFHR within the scope of protection of the human rights. The range of activities of our Foundation, as well as our successes and plans for the future kindled an avid interest among the participants, who expressed their willingness to cooperate and share with us their valuable experience in various spheres of protection of the human rights.

The trainings held by the UNPO were an amazingly extensive learning experience, opening new horizons and broadening the knowledge of the human rights. “Owing to the fact that the meeting was attended by the enthusiasts from the whole world, my comprehension of the human rights has reached far beyond the European frames. I suddenly realized that there are many more nations or ethnical groups demanding and fighting for the respect of the human rights. The meeting in the Netherlands provided me with the conviction, how significant the work in non-governmental organizations (such as the EFHR) is and how many people rely on our help”.

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Tłumaczenie by Joanna Mirek w ramach praktyk w Europejskiej Fundacji Praw Człowieka, www.efhr.eu. Translated by Joanna Mirek within the framework of a traineeship programme of the European Foundation of Human Rights, www.efhr.eu.