EFHR is looking for new employees!

The European Foundation of Human Rights is looking for new employees for the positions of: Administrator Project Coordinator The offer is addressed to people interested in human rights and the rights of national minorities. We are looking for an ambitious person who wants to learn and develop, and who has some computer skills. Legal and accountancy…

International Human Rights Day at Mykolas Romeris University

On the 10th of December, representatives of Amnesty International (AI), the International Student Association (ISA) of Mykolas Romeris University and the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) co-organized an International Human Rights Day at Mykolas Romeris University to honour the 66th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the United Nations General…

New trainee of the EFHR

Konrad Oleszczuk is a University of Warsaw graduate student with a M.A. in Law and a B.A in Liberal Arts. He has also participated in student exchange programmes at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark and Indiana University in Bloomington, USA. Moreover, he has graduated from a one-year programme of American Law co-organized by the University of…

International Volunteer Day

On December 5th, 2014 we celebrated International Volunteer Day. On that occasion, Saltes organization hosted an event in Vilnius centre. Our EFHR Erasmus+ volunteer also took part in the event. The main purpose of the event was to promote volunteering. The volunteers of European Voluntary Organization promoted and informed Vilnius citizens about the variety of…

Grants for cultural projects for national minorities

The Lithuanian Ministry of Culture has announced a call for projects aimed at promoting the cultures of national minorities. Legal entities working in a cultural field in Lithuania could receive partial financial support (up to 80%) for projects which are signed between 15th November and 15th December 2014. This year financial grants will be allocated…

Hidden traps in the Constitutional Act on the State Language

On 18 November 2014, the Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania held a press conference on ‘The erroneous interpretation of the Constitutional Act on the State Language’, in which the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) asked some fundamental questions. Back in July this year, the EFHR presented the opinion on the draft law, indicating…

EFHR starts a new initiative on the radio

On the 17th of November of this year, a new initiative of the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) will begin – a series of radio programmes about human rights. The project “EFHR consults” is designed to increase knowledge of human and national minority rights for listeners of the Polish radio “Znad Wilii”. The aims of the project…

EFHR fights against Racism and Anti-Semitism

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) wishes to express its concerns regarding the growing success of extreme right nationalist parties in recent parliamentary elections across Europe. Our foundation strongly believes that these tendencies must be stopped and actions must be taken in order to prevent the repeat of historical events like the terrible persecution of…

Establishment of Department of National Minorities is a chance for a better future

On 10th November the Strategic Planning Committee of the Government of Lithuania discussed the idea of creating a Department of National Minorities. They have decided that this government department will begin working from July 2015. The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) supports this idea, especially as it is compatible with what the Council of Europe has already suggested. The Council criticized Lithuania for…

Become an intern at the European Foundation of Human Rights

The European Foundation of Human Rights is a public non-profit organization based in Vilnius. It was founded in 2010 as a reaction to an increase in the number of violations of human rights and the rights of national minority groups in Lithuania. The main aim of our actions is the promotion of the activities of citizens and…

The awards gala for participants of the “We are all alike” competition

The “We are all alike” EFHR project has come to an end. On 31st October 2014, at the foundation headquarters, the awards gala for all of the participants of the “We are all alike” competition was held. This was following the “We are all alike” project. Read more about it here. We received 32 works…

A new European Foundation of Human Rights team member

Magdalena Gryciuk is a lawyer. She has worked with a number of international organizations in the field of project management and legal aid. In her work she always has in mind the Latin aphorism Ius est ars boni et aequi, meaning the law is the art of goodness and equity. She is particularly interested in international…

Training for new European Voluntary Service volunteers

“On-Arrival Training” was organized in Bebrusu Dvaras between 15-18 October 2014 for new participants of the European Voluntary Service in Lithuania. Some 20 people from 7 countries took part in the training session, among them two volunteers from the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR). The European Voluntary Service (EVS) is an international volunteer programme funded by the European…

Winners of the “We are all alike” competition have been selected!

We are happy to inform you that winners of the competition held as a part of the “We are all alike” project aimed at young people from Polish and Lithuanian schools (years 9-12) have been selected. All the works we received can be admired on our web gallery. The choice was not easy to make.…

Meeting with OSCE expert on national minorities at the EFHR HQ

On 13th October 2014 the expert on national minorities, Veronika Kristikove OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe), visited the EFHR HQ. During the meeting the OSCE expert initiated a discussion regarding problems which national minorities in Lithuania have to face, like spelling of names and surnames, bilingual topographical names and the education of…

New trainee at the European Foundation of Human Rights

Hungarian Izabella Vajda is a recent graduate from the Paris Institute of Political Sciences (Sciences Po Paris) where she studied European and International Law. Throughout her university education, Izabella has been interested in national minority rights and minority related issues. After her graduation, she worked at the Permanent Representation of Hungary to the European Union…

The „We are similar” competition is reaching its end

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) would like to inform you that the deadline for submitting works for the “We are similar” competition (Esame panašūs), organized for the pupils and students of Lithuanian and Polish schools, was 30th September 2014. The project aimed at strengthening social integration of the Polish national minority living in Lithuania,…

Polish media in English – we have already translated over 2000 articles!

We are extremely pleased to inform you that on the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) website there are already 2000 articles translated into English. These articles are concerned with the current and most relevant events taking place in Lithuania as well as with the life of national minorities living there. Articles originate from Polish…

EFHR representatives in the media

EFHR’s activity receives wide coverage in the media not only in Lithuania, but also abroad. Information about human rights and about our activities spreads thanks to interviews, numerous press releases and other information presented on the Foundation’s website and in the media. In May 2014 EFHR representatives actively addressed, via the press and television, the issue…