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…

EFHR’s lectures in schools

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) had the honour to lead a series of 15 courses on discrimination and hatred in the contemporary world. Meetings were held on 15-30 September. They were attended by over 500 students from grades 8-12 and 20 teachers from Lithuanian schools in Vilnius and in the Vilnius region. The courses were…

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,…

EFHR in Polish and Lithuanian schools

The new school year has begun and the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) has launched new initiatives to address pupils and students. On 15th September representatives from the Foundation started an intensive series of meetings in schools in Vilnius where children are taught in Lithuanian. The aim of the training is raising the awareness…

EFHR invites youths to take part in the „Jesteśmy podobni” competition

„Jesteśmy podobni” project (lit. „We are alike”) is addressed to 9-12 graders in Polish and Lithuanian schools. The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) project, began in the spring of this year, consists of two parts: an art competition for youths and a cycle of integration meetings for students. „Jesteśmy podobni” project aims at improving  the social…

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 at Youth Catholic Days

The Youth’s Catholic Days (YCD), held in Šumskas between August 22nd and August 24th, were one of the last events of the summer for the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR). Information about previous EFHR trips is available in our event-calendar. This was our second trip of the summer where most of the participants were young people. Hence,…

EFHR celebrated the Polish Army Holiday in Miedniki

On 17th July 2014, representatives of the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) took part in the celebrations of the Polish Army Holiday in the Vilnius Region, entitled ”Oddysey of a Polish Soldier”, and held in Miedniki. During the celebrations, not only did EFHR have the opportunity to watch a performance  prepared by  the Vilnius…

EFHR workshops on human rights

On the 12th August 2014, representatives of the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) visited a scout camp  in Geišiškės, entitled ”1440 moments of the day”, during which workshops on human rights were organized. Girl scouts between the age of 11 and 17 from ”Silva” and ”Delta” teams took part in the workshops. Young people…

EFHR lecture at the Summer Forum

On July 28 2014 in Sudeikiai, the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) had the honour to give a lecture at the 5-day celebration of the Students Association in Lithuania – “Summer Forum ’14, Colourful day – Significant tomorrow”. At the meeting, volunteers, the deputy mayor of Utena, Mr Vidmantas Valinčius, and guests of students…

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…

Take part in an international competition!

Join us to speak out against hate speech! Enter an international photo competition devoted to the European Day of Action against Islamophobia and Religious Intolerance, which will take place on  the 21th September 2014. Everyone interested can enter the competition by sending their photos connected with religious diversity and tolerance. The winner will be awarded with a 300 Euros shopping…

XXVI Touristic Rally of Poles in Lithuania is over

This year, the annual Touristic Rally of Poles in Lithuania took place on the 5th and 6th  of July in the’ ‘Azuolyne” amusement park of  Trakai District Municipality. The European Foundation of Human Rights’ (EFHR) members also attended the event to inform the participants about the Foundation’s activities as well as about the free legal…

EFHR celebrates the 70th anniversary of ”The Gate of Dawn” military operation

Between the 6th and 13th of July, the 70th anniversary of ”The Gate of Dawn” military operation was held in Vilnius. On Sunday the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) took the opportunity to meet historically-important people and guests of the House of Polish Culture, with Jerzy Karpowicz’s photographic exhibition ”Places of National Memory within…

EFHR at the ENAR Conference

A conference titled “European Anti-Racist Convention: Setting the Movement in Motion!”, held by the European Network Against Racism (ENAR), took place in Brussels on 20-21 June 2014. The conference was attended by over 100 participants from across the European Union (EU) including international law experts, representatives of EU institutions and bodies, and non-governmental organizations. This…

EFHR at the St John’s ceremony in Rudamina

On June 23th the Multifunctional Cultural Centre in Rudamina organized St John’s celebrations. According to the organizers the celebration was attended by about 3, 000 people. Bands and performers from all over the Vilnius region, foreign guests and the municipal authorities participated in the event. Pleased by the opportunity to attend, representatives of the European Foundation of…

EFHR representatives at the Culture Night festival

From 20 to 21 of June 2014, everyone in Vilnius could participate in over 200 varied projects and events at the Culture Night festival (“Kultūros naktis”). This year, the Polish Cultural Centre (DKP) in Vilnius joined the event for the first time. The DKP part of the festival started with the play Zapiski oficera Armii…

Immense interest in the latest EFHR training on human rights

On June 19, 2014, the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) organized another training session on human rights and international law. The training was provided by lawyer and leading expert on international law Dr. Fernand de Varennes. The seminar “Human Rights Litigation: Using International and European Mechanisms” was concerned with employment of international and European legal mechanisms…

EFHR invites you to a free training session!

On June 19th 2014, the European Foundation of Human Rights would like to invite you to a free training seminar, „Human Rights Litigation: Using International and European Mechanisms”. Members of vulnerable groups in society such as women, minorities, immigrants and individuals with disabilities must at times use litigation as a tool to ensure the protection of some…