9th of November: International Day against Fascism and Antisemitism

In 1933, after the Nazi Party rose to power, Jews became victims of the most discriminated violence perpetrated in world history. November 9th 1938 marks the date of the symbolic beginning of the Holocaust and the massive atrocities perpetrated by totalitarian regimes against the Jews, Roma people, disables and political opponents. During that night, synagogues…

EFHR welcomes a new intern: Kseniya

Kseniya Susha – originally from Belarus – is a student of Master Program in Diplomacy at Vytautas Magnus University. She received her first degree in Intercultural Communications in Minsk and decided to put her theoretical knowledge in that field into practice throwing herself into a new environment – for Master Studies in Lithuania. Additionally, she…

Changes in the EFHR team

EFHR has a new team member. It is Monika Guliakaitė, 5th year student of Vilnius University Faculty of Law. Monika joined EFHR as a volunteer during the summer and from this November she started as a EFHR lawyer. Monika will be responsible for monitoring hate-speech comments and discriminatory job advertisements as well as submitting complaints…

EFHR invites to debate “There is no place for racism in football”

The European Foundation of  Human Rights  (EFHR) is organizing a debate on ” There is no place for racism in football “, which will take place on October 11 in Vilnius Youth Information Center. This discussion is part of the worldwide „Fare Network“  Action Week activities, which aims to stop discrimination and racism in football…

New EFHR leaflets about hate speech, hate crimes and non-discriminatory job advertisements

European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) has prepared new leaflets in 4 languages about hate speech, hate crimes, and non-discriminatory job advertisements, financed by the Embassy of the Republic of Poland under the project ‘EFHR – active, supportive, and visible centre of free legal advice’. The information about hate speech, hate crimes, how to recognise…

EFHR discussion at the “BŪTENT!” Festival

The “BŪTENT!” Festival, which is organized for the second time, will be held on 7-8 September in Birsztany, and is a free event. The festival aims to contribute to the creation of a democratic society, encouraging the involvement of citizens, developing a level of tolerance, encouraging discussion of important issues and problems, thereby improving the…

EFHR welcomes a new intern from italy: Rebecca

Rebecca Venuto is a new Italian trainee that will be welcomed at the EFHR from the beginning of September to the end of December. She is recently graduated in International and Diplomatic Science at University of Trieste in Italy and she is going to pursue her postgraduate studies in International Law and Human Rights in…

Minority schools students found an unified Lithuanian language exam difficult

Since 2013 minority secondary school graduates from Lithuania, including students from Polish schools, have been taking an unified exam in Lithuanian language and literature. This year it was allowed to use a computer for 20 minutes for electronic version of works during both of these exams. Also since 2018 students may use any author from…

The newest member of EFHR – trainee Veronika Lisauskaitė

Veronika Lisauskaitė – is an International Politics and Development fourth year bachelor student of Vytautas Magnus University. During her studies Veronika was interested not only in history of diplomacy, political system, international economics, conflict resolution fields, but also she had a chance to study the international and migration law. Veronika was deepening her knowledge in…

New intern at the European Foundation of Human Rights

Jurgita Gurskaitė, a new intern at the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR), is a third-year student of World Politics and Economics at the Vytautas Magnus University, faculty of Political Science and Diplomacy. She also spent 6 months abroad under Erasmus+ programme at the University of Bergen in Norway. Her main interest areas are: domestic…

New volunteer at Silas School

Giulia is the new EVS volunteer from Italy. She is studying Psychology and would like to major in Developmental Psychology. She has been working in schools and with children both in Italy and in England. Giulia believes that being part of Vilnius Silas School community is a great opportunity to learn more about children with…

Statement of the European Foundation of Human Rights

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) critically appraises the bill registered in the Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania on July 24th 2018. The bill amending Art. 30 of the Education Act No. XIIIP-2413 by representatives of the Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats: Laurynas Kasčiūnas, Agnė Bilotaitė, and Audronius Ažubalis. The amendment that…

EFHR representative took part in an alternative FIFA World Cup

During the FIFA World Cup, a football club of the Academy of Fine Arts in Vilnius organised an alternative version of the football World Cup – FIFA WORLD CUP 2018 VILNIUS, which took place at the stadium of Salomeja Nėris Secondary School. In the football tournament FIFA WORLD CUP 2018 VILNIUS took part 32 football teams, representing…

New intern at the EFHR

Paulina Kasprzak, a new intern at the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR), is a third-year student of European Diplomacy at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Wrocław. She already used her gained knowledge and skills by participating in the „Akcja Dyplomacja“ programme, which was organized by the Foreign Affairs Club at…

The EFHR welcomes a new intern – Olga Chizhevskaya

Olga Chizhevskaya is a third-year student of European Diplomacy at the University of Wroclaw. Her biggest interest are the technical processes that are taking place within the European Union. She is also interested in observing human rights and helping people in unfair situations. Olga believes that the issue of observing basic human rights and freedoms…

Milena Kloczkowska – a new intern at EFHR

Milena Kloczkowska graduated from the fourth year of law at the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin. She started her professional experience from the first year of her studies, including an internship at the “Lempart Feliński” law firm in Krakow, and then at the law firm “Legal: radcy prawni Kosoń Kupiec Mazurek” in Krakow.…

EFHR topic at the “Būtent“ Discussion Festival

This year, The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) decided to take part in the “Būtent” Discussion Festival for the second time. The festival, which aims to promote a discussion and listening culture, will take place on Birsztan on 7th and 8th September. “Lithuanian language – an overpowered idol or live instrument?” – this is…

Impressions of the EVS project “Notice it! Human Rights in our daily lives”

The EVS project “Notice it! Human Rights in our daily lives” finished on 31st May after running for 10 months. The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) had the role of both coordinating and hosting organisation and the International Voluntary Service (IVS) from Great Britain was the sending institution of this project. This project that…

The petition Minority SafePack has succeed

“Minority SafePack” was a petition promoted by citizens that had to be signed for 1.000.000 people all over Europe. It had the aim of collecting the signatures in order to be sent to the European Union institutions and therefore, to start the procedure for becoming a law that would come into force in all European…

Call for hate crimes data submissions to the osce

The OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) is currently collecting data on hate crimes that took place during the past year. The deadline for submission is 30th April 2018 and the results will be published on 16th November. The submissions must fulfil the requirements pointed by the ODIHR. Each incident should consist…