EFHR Joins ESN International Fair

On 3rd September, the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) marked its presence at the International Fair during Orientation Week Autumn 2019 held by the European Student Network (ESN) at the Vilnius University. In a full hall of students, the vivid international community shared snacks and drinks from their countries to introduce their cultures to…

EFHR Invites to Discuss Stereotypes at Discussion Festival “Būtent”

The discussion festival “Būtent” (English: “Exactly”) held in Vytautas Park, Birštonas on 6th-7th September 2019 is a free discussion event for people who seek not only entertainment but also content. This year, the festival will hold over 100 different events with more than 300 presenters from business, academic, political, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and cultural sectors.…

EFHR’s Impressions After the Freedom Picnic

On 24th of August, the 4th edition of Kaunas’ festival of ideas Freedom Picnic (Lithuanian: Laisvės piknikas) invited many known Lithuanian politicians, leaders, journalists, economists and celebrities to participate in an open debate, answer the public’s most pressing questions, and encourage visitors to generate ideas through inspiring workshops. Participants of the Freedom Picnic had an…

EFHR Among Participants of ‘Laisvės Piknikas’

On 24th August, the biggest summer festival of ideas “Laisvės piknikas” (English: “Freedom picnic”) will take place for the fourth time. The organisers claim that everyone will find something they like: there will be a place for discussions, entertainment and sports zones, game areas, appearances and presentations of businesses and non-governmental organisations (NGOs), as well…

EFHR trainees visit the Centre for Civil Education

On 25th July, the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) visited the Centre for Civil Education in Vilnius. Two trainees – Aiden Tamasauskas from Canada, and Marta Bednarczyk from Poland – were accompanied and guided through the centre by the EFHR Lawyer and Project Coordinator, Monika Guliakaitė. As a part of its apprentice programme, EFHR…

EFHR welcomes a new team member

Marta is a Polish-born youth worker, facilitator, and trainer. She moved to Vilnius from Riga, where she initially began to explore life in the Baltic states. Marta has recently graduated from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań obtaining a master’s degree in security studies. Additionally, she holds a bachelor’s degree in Finno-Ugric philology. Combining these two…

The impressions of the volunteer after the project at Vilnius Šilas School

On May 31 ended the European Solidarity Corps project, in which a psychology student from Italy, Giulia Girella, took part. She volunteered at Vilnius Šilas School, where she contributed to the promotion of the communication, social skills, independence and integration of children that have various learning and intellectual disabilities. Giulia participated in the after class…

Vilnius citizens learned about disability thanks to the initiative of Italian volunteer

Last Thursday Giulia Girella, a volunteer at Vilnius Šilas School, presented the final event of the European Solidarity Corps (ESC) project “What do we know about disability?” at the bookshop “VAGA”. The event was designed to share knowledge about working with children who have special education needs and to discuss the inclusion of such children…

International Brain Battle for The European Week Against Racism

This year the European Foundation of Human Rights, together with ESN Vilnius University and “No labels” organized an international quiz as part of the European Week Against Racism to make a public stand against racism and in support of a society characterized by respect for human dignity. The aim of the event was to raise…

EFHR visiting the Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania

On Friday, 15th March 2019, the team of EFHR visited the Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania on their work outing. Together with their mentor Monika, the interns Alessandra, Elisa, Jędrzej Jakub and Lorena, were given a one hour guided tour of the most important buildings and rooms, namely the Seimas Plenary Chamber, the Hall…

Lecture on hate speech at John Paul II gymnasium

Lawyers of the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) were invited to give a lecture to the students of John Paul II gymnasium on Wednesday, January 23rd of 2019 about human rights and hate speech on the Internet. They tackled the general fields and areas of the Foundation’s work regarding human rights and hate speech,…

Discussion at the National Human Rights Forum

On December 10th of 2018, marking the International Human Rights Day, the National Forum on Human Rights (NFHR) was held in Vilnius for the first time. This year discussions focused on the theme of opportunities. During the Forum specialists of various fields disscused the situation of human rights in Lithuania, also welcomed the public to…

Lecture on human rights at Vilnius Salininkai gymnasium

On Monday, December 3rd of 2018 representatives of the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) visited the Vilnius Salininkai gymnasium, where they delivered a lecture to pupils from 7 to 11 grades and their teachers on human rights and hate speech. Foundation’s lawyer Monika Guliakaitė briefly outlined the activities of the Foundation, key areas for…

International Day for Tolerance November 16th, 2018

November 16th marks the International Day for Tolerance. Its annual observance day was declared by UNESCO in 1995 to generate public awareness of the dangers of intolerance. Since then, the day is annually observed by The United Nations to educate people about the need for tolerance in society and to help them understand the negative…

EFHR conducted training for human rights defenders from Belarus

2018 October 16 Leszek Jankowski, a lawyer from the European Human Rights Foundation (EFHR), was invited to conduct a training on legal regulation against discrimination in Lithuania, as well as tools to combat hate speech, hate crimes and other challenges faced by the Foundation. The training was attended by specialists from non-governmental organizations, state institutions…

EFHR discussion „There is no place for racism in football“

Yesterday, 11th of October European Fundation of Human Rights held a debate on “There is no place for racism in football”, during which was a discussion about tolerance limits, athletes’ experiences, the Equal Opportunities Office practice in combating discrimination, and the case law of the European Court of Justice in similar cases. Audience also sought…

Learning History of Lithuanian through virtual reality: EFHR at Telia Nemuziejus

On Friday 12th of October 2018, trainees from the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) and one EVS volunteer from Silas School visited Telia Vilnius History Nemuziejus, where it is possible to learn history of Lithuania and old Vilnius through new age technologies.  The museum, located in the city centre, offers an innovative and original…

The EFHR discussion in Birstonas – Insights and Summaries

In September 8th,  The European Foundation for Human Rights (EFHR) participated in the discussion festival “Būtent!” in Birštonas, where made a debate on topic  “Lithuanian language – is an idol or a alive instrument?”. Mark Adam Harold, Member of the Vilnius City Municipal Council, Audrys Antanaitis, Chairman of the State Commission of the Lithuanian Language,…