Archive for June, 2015

Interview with Izabella Vajda on her EVS experience at EFHR

Interview with Izabella Vajda on her EVS experience at EFHR

Posted on June 26, 2015 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) “Youth for Human Rights” project, submitted by the Foundation as part of the promotional campaign “Youth mobility” in the programme Erasmus +,  is coming to an end. We decided to ask one of our EVS volunteers – Izabella – about her impressions of EFHR and her time in Vilnius. 1) How did you first learn about EVS? I learnt about EVS from a friend of mine. She told me that this programme is a great opportunity for young graduates from all over Europe to get further professional experience in a specific field. Having...
EFHR team welcomes a new trainee!

EFHR team welcomes a new trainee!

Posted on June 16, 2015 by admin
Natalia Patucha is a second year student of European Studies at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow with a specialization in the European Legal System. This will be her second degree. During her studies, Natalia has gained theoretical knowledge of intergovernmental policies and the European processes that take place in the institutions of the European Union. Active participation in research circles and time spent at the Silesian province office, a unit of Polish governmental administration, allowed Natalia to be introduced to the practical and social dimension of European integration...
MEPs defend schools of national minorities in Lithuania

MEPs defend schools of national minorities in Lithuania

Posted on June 13, 2015 by admin
On 10 June 2015, 60 MEPs from 13 member states of the European Union representing all political fractions signed a protest letter to the Prime Minister of the Republic of Lithuania Algidras Butkevičius. The letter was a form of protest against worsening of the situation of national minorities in Lithuania, especially in terms of protection of their educational laws. Additionally, on 11 June 2015 the session of Intergroup for Traditional Minorities, National Communities and Languages was devoted to the matters of education of national minorities in Lithuania. In the aforementioned protest...
The project ‘Evenings with the documentary’ has finished!

The project ‘Evenings with the documentary’ has finished!

Posted on June 12, 2015 by admin
On  June 11th in the House of Polish Culture, the third and last film from the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR)’s ‘Evenings with the documentary’ project was shown. For this final part of the project we watched ‘Ethnic Kitchen’. This film is a project from director Aistė Ptakauskė, who, together with the main characters from the film, was a guest during this event. The film shares the story of four non-Lithuanian women who have lived in Lithuania for many years. After watching the film we discussed the story with director Aistė Ptakauskė, who told us where the idea...
EFHR expresses its concerns about the actions of Lithuanian police towards Polish schools

EFHR expresses its concerns about the actions of Lithuanian police towards Polish schools

Posted on June 10, 2015 by admin
The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) is concerned about the fact that on 9th June this year two female police officers from the Main Police Station in Vilnius paid a visit to Władysław Syrokomla High School. The police officers claimed that their aim was to investigate an anonymous letter in which the sender requested to punish parents who stopped their children attending school on 3rd June. It was the day of a warning strike against damaging the education of national minorities in Polish schools located in Vilnius and nearby regions. For EFHR the aforementioned action of police...
EFHR would like to invite you to the last 'Evenings with the documentary' screening

EFHR would like to invite you to the last ‘Evenings with the documentary’ screening

Posted on June 09, 2015 by admin
The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) warmly invites everyone to the screening of the film ‘Ethnic Kitchen’. The screening will take place on 11th of June from 5 to 7.30 pm (in room 005) in the House of Polish Culture (DKP). It is worth mentioning that this will be the third and final show from the series ‘Evenings with the documentary’, which we have written about previously. The film ‘Ethnic Kitchen’, which is going to be presented, was created by the director Aistė Ptakauskaitė, who together with four of her characters (among them...
EFHR conducted online freedom of speech training courses

EFHR conducted online freedom of speech training courses

Posted on June 08, 2015 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) is very glad to inform readers that another cycle of workshops, conducted in Polish and Lithuanian schools from 22nd May to 3rd June this year, was a huge success. In total, 170 students and teachers took part in our initiative. We started the workshops by indicating what freedom of speech is. The students jointly created a definition of that term. Here is one of them: “For me, freedom of speech is the possibility of publicly speaking up, expressing your opinions and beliefs. Limitations are the result of, for instance, good manners”. The...
The EFHR held educational events in a care facility

The EFHR held educational events in a care facility

Posted on June 07, 2015 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
On the 5th of June the representatives of the European Foundation of Human Rights held educational events entitled “International Protection of Human Rights” for 32 workers of the Dontuva care facility. The participants of the meetings were informed not only about the international jurisprudence regarding the disabled people but also about the domestic practice. At the beginning of the trainings, the values protected by the Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania were discussed briefly. In the next part, the experts of the EFHR talked about respecting the rights and freedom of...
Children's day with EFHR at DKP

Children’s day with EFHR at DKP

Posted on June 06, 2015 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
You say „children“? We say „rights“! Children’s Day cannot go without the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR)! Accordingly, the foundation honoured Children’s Day at the Dom Kultury Polskiej (DKP) on the 5th of June with various activities for children organized. We are happy to say that the event was a great success and fun was had by all the families that attended the event! The staff at EFHR are always happy when it comes to meeting the youngest representatives of the new generation. We believe that our mission is to contribute to the education of all...
EFHR’s third edition of the charity campaign for Polish orphanages

EFHR’s third edition of the charity campaign for Polish orphanages

Posted on June 05, 2015 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
On May 29th 2015 representatives of the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) distributed gifts for children from an orphanage in Podbrodzie. These gifts were purchased thanks to financial contributions made by the Belgian Polish Diaspora. EFHR would like to cordially thank the Belgian Polish Diaspora, especially the staff of the European Commission for the solidarity with their compatriots in Lithuania and for yet another financial contribution for the charity campaign for Polish orphanages in the Vilnius region. This year’s collected sum of money, almost 800 Euros, has enabled us...
EFHR representatives in Zamość: active citizenship through simulation games

EFHR representatives in Zamość: active citizenship through simulation games

Posted on June 03, 2015 by admin
From 22nd to 29th May 2015 representatives of the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) spent their time in Zamość, a city in southeastern Poland. A training course “Educating Active Citizenship through Simulation Games” took place there, organised by the Volunteer Centre in Zamość. The participants of the workshop included also representatives of other non-governmental organisations from France, Spain, Poland, Romania, Hungary, Italy, and Turkey. More information about the project is available here. The course consisted of daily workshops, during which the programme participants...
Continuation of ‘Nights with a documentary’ film screenings project

Continuation of ‘Nights with a documentary’ film screenings project

Posted on June 02, 2015 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
On 28 May this year, in The House of Polish Culture (DKP), the first screening as part of the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) run project ‘Nights with a documentary’ took place. We started the series of nights with the documentary with the public service ad ‘Experiment Translation’, created for the Lithuanian Centre for Human Rights. After the screening, together with the special guest, Centre Director Birutė Sabatauskaitė, and youngsters present at the screening, a debate was held, coupled with the exchange of experiences linked to hate speech. The screening allowed us...