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…

Charm yourself online!

Charm yourself online! – is a new online course addressed to young workers and trainees of different kinds of associations which deal with the development of human rights. The main goal of this course is to improve theoretical knowledge about human rights violations in the modern world, as well as about issues which are still…

EFHR invites you to take part in a study on hate crimes in Lithuania

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) encourages you to fill out the questionnaire on hate crimes committed in Lithuania in 2013. The study is addressed to natural persons belonging to national minorities, religious minorities, people who are migrants, stateless persons or people of different nationality who lived in Lithuania in 2013. Your answers will…

The HREA educational platform

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) encourages you to take a look at the Human Rights Education Association (HREA) online platform which works to provide better understanding of issues related to human rights. The HREA online platform offers training for activists and specialists, preparation of educational materials and programmes and building community through online technology.…

Scholarships for student of Polish descent

The new academic year has begun. The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) wants to inform you about a new initiative from the Wileńszczyzna Foundation – scholarships for students of Polish descent studying in Lithuania. As the Foundation has declared: “the fundamental objective of the Foundation is to support youth of Polish descent who live…

EFHR’s gifts for children from the Pabradė orphanage

At the end of July 2014 children from Pabradė orphanage received yet another set of gifts from the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR). More information about the already organized trips is available on the Foundation’s website. During the July visit, EFHR representatives gave the children i.a. crayons, markers, drawing books, books, toys and puzzles, purchased…

EFHR seeking parents of kindergarten-aged children

For quite a long time, the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) has been monitoring the system of children’s admittance to the kindergartens located within the Vilnius City’s local government. We are looking for parents who have tried to have their child admitted to a national minority (Polish or Russian) kindergarten group between 2012 and…

EFHR launches a new project with Erasmus +

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) would like to announce that the project “Youth for Human Rights”, submitted by the Foundation as part of the promotional campaign “Youth mobility” in the programme Erasmus +, has been accepted. The competition was tough, because the contest was entered by 116 organizations operating in Lithuania. EFHR managed to…

The results of the Lithuanian language exam between 2008-2013

2013 was the first year that secondary school graduates from the schools of national minorities had to pass the unified Lithuanian language exam, like graduates from schools working in the Lithuanian language. The policy, which national minorities opposed, was introduced in the new Law of education accepted by Parliament on 17 March 2011. In February 2013,…

New trainee at the European Foundation of Human Rights

Ania Książczak is a 5th year’s law student at Mikołaj Kopernik University in Toruń. Among her subjects of interest are human rights, international law and EU law. Her greatest achievement as a student was her participation in the 5th World Human Rights Moot Court and going to RSA to the final of this contest. Apart from her studies, Ania…

New trainee at the European Foundation of Human Rights

Beata Bielawska is a second year student of International Relations at Jagiellonian University in Krakow. The course covers many topics, but the subject of human rights is a major part of the programme, which is the reason why Beata is familiar with human rights laws and issues. Beata tries to gain knowledge not only from her studies but also from…

The lack of law on national minorities is a serious problem

Despite the fact that the topic of national minorities in Lithuania is raised very often, no measures are yet accepted to solve the legal issues related to this. The lack of law on national minorities causes confusion in the political arena and also creates a number of legal problems. During a visit to Warsaw, on the…

EFHR changes working hours

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) would like to inform everyone, that from June 9th 2014, the foundation’s working hours have changed to this: Monday-Thursday: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm Friday – 8:30 am – 4:00 pm Anyone who would like to register for a consultation with a lawyer should contact us on: +37069150822 or by…