January

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…

2015/01/05
February

EFHR has a new volunteer

Filip Król is an M.A. student of International Relations at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. Filip has many interests, particularly issues related to national minorities in Eastern Europe. Filip’s dream is to find the factors influencing the perception of cultural diversity in societies of Eastern Europe. As an idealist, he believes that all tensions between societies are an…

2015/02/09

EFHR on Mickuny’s Day

On the 15th of February representatives of the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) once again attended the annual celebration in Mickuny – one of many places in Vilnius Region where numerous national minorities live. The foundation’s stall attracted many residents. They were free to familiarize themselves with information materials on human rights and opportunities…

2015/02/17

A new volunteer at EFHR

Natalia Starzec holds a Bachelor’s degree in European Studies in English and is a third year Law student at the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin. During her studies she has participated in numerous international projects and gained her first professional experience at simultaneous translation. In 2013 she spent three months in Ukraine doing…

2015/02/24
March

EFHR is looking for a new employee – Project Coordinator

The European Foundation of Human Rights is looking for a new employee for the position of 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, someone who is eager to learn and improve themselves. A strong knowledge of law and accountancy…

2015/03/02

EFHR is looking for a lawyer

The European Foundation of Human Rights is looking for a new lawyer. The offer is addressed to people interested in human rights as well as the rights of national minorities. We offer: o a creative and interesting job; o the possibility to work in an international environment; o the possibility to use foreign languages at work;…

2015/03/10

European Action Week Against Racism – join us!

Every year from 14th-22nd March the European Action Week Against Racism takes place. This is organized by inter-governmental organization UNITED in cooperation with other inter-governmental organizations, community organizations, schools and local communities. UNITED promotes many methods of participation in the European community and recommends those interested to find out more by visiting the website WeekAgainstRacism.eu.…

2015/03/17

European Day of Action Against Racism at M. Romerio University

On 18th of March representatives of Amnesty International (AI), the International Student Association (ISA) of Mykolas Romeris University and the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) co-organized a conference to honour the European Week of Action Against Racism. EFHR is happy to announce that the European Day of Action Against Racism at Mykolas Romeris University…

2015/03/19

The youth against racism – together in diversity!

On the 20th of March, at Vincas Kudirka square in Vilnius, an event was held as part of The European Week Against Racism organized by the European Foundation of Human Rights. The participants of the event had the possibility of taking part in many interesting games connected with promoting diversity. Everyone could pose for a photo…

2015/03/23

EFHR is looking for a lawyer

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) is looking for new lawyer (full-time/part-time job). The offer is addressed to people interested in human rights as well as the rights of national minorities. We offer: • creative and interesting job; • possibility to work in an international environment; • possibility to use foreign languages at work;…

2015/03/25
April

New intern at EFHR

Leszek Jankowski is a graduate of Mykolas Romeris University in Vilnius with a bachelor’s degree in Law. During his studies, Leszek took part in three international projects in Poland: ‘Sport 4 life’ and ‘Planet 1st’, organized by the European Foundation for Education and Sport ‘EFES’, within the framework of the Erasmus+ programme, as well as…

2015/04/10
May

Facebook EVS and Erasmus+ competition

Dear Youths of Europe! The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) is very happy to invite you to take part in our weekly Facebook competition regarding the European Voluntary Service (EVS), part of the Erasmus + initiatives that allows thousands of young people from all over Europe (and outside Europe) to go abroad and try their hand at…

2015/05/11

An invitation to the screening of documentary films!

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) invites all cinema fans to a screening of three films: “Carpathian Roma from the Poland-Slovakia Borderland”, “Experiment Translation” and “Ethnic Kitchen.” The aim of the meetings under the project “Evenings with Documentary Films” is, among other things, to cultivate awareness of human rights, including the rights of minorities, and…

2015/05/26

First meeting of the ‘Nights with a documentary’ project behind us!

On 28 May this year, in The House of Polish Culture (DKP), the first screening as part of the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) run project ‘Nights with a documentary’ took place. We wrote about the goals of the project here. We started this series of documentary nights with the public service ad ‘Experiment…

2015/05/29
June

Continuation of ‘Nights with a documentary’ film screenings project

On 28 May this year, in The House of Polish Culture (DKP), the first screening as part of the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) run project ‘Nights with a documentary’ took place. We started the series of nights with the documentary with the public service ad ‘Experiment Translation’, created for the Lithuanian Centre for…

2015/06/02

EFHR representatives in Zamość: active citizenship through simulation games

From 22nd to 29th May 2015 representatives of the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) spent their time in Zamość, a city in southeastern Poland. A training course “Educating Active Citizenship through Simulation Games” took place there, organised by the Volunteer Centre in Zamość. The participants of the workshop included also representatives of other non-governmental…

2015/06/03

EFHR’s third edition of the charity campaign for Polish orphanages

On May 29th 2015 representatives of the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) distributed gifts for children from an orphanage in Podbrodzie. These gifts were purchased thanks to financial contributions made by the Belgian Polish Diaspora. EFHR would like to cordially thank the Belgian Polish Diaspora, especially the staff of the European Commission for the…

2015/06/05

Children’s day with EFHR at DKP

You say „children“? We say „rights“! Children’s Day cannot go without the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR)! Accordingly, the foundation honoured Children’s Day at the Dom Kultury Polskiej (DKP) on the 5th of June with various activities for children organized. We are happy to say that the event was a great success and fun was…

2015/06/06

The EFHR held educational events in a care facility

On the 5th of June the representatives of the European Foundation of Human Rights held educational events entitled “International Protection of Human Rights” for 32 workers of the Dontuva care facility. The participants of the meetings were informed not only about the international jurisprudence regarding the disabled people but also about the domestic practice. At…

2015/06/07

EFHR conducted online freedom of speech training courses

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) is very glad to inform readers that another cycle of workshops, conducted in Polish and Lithuanian schools from 22nd May to 3rd June this year, was a huge success. In total, 170 students and teachers took part in our initiative. We started the workshops by indicating what freedom of…

2015/06/08

EFHR would like to invite you to the last ‘Evenings with the documentary’ screening

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) warmly invites everyone to the screening of the film ‘Ethnic Kitchen’. The screening will take place on 11th of June from 5 to 7.30 pm (in room 005) in the House of Polish Culture (DKP). It is worth mentioning that this will be the third and final show from the series ‘Evenings with…

2015/06/09

EFHR team welcomes a new trainee!

Natalia Patucha is a second year student of European Studies at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow with a specialization in the European Legal System. This will be her second degree. During her studies, Natalia has gained theoretical knowledge of intergovernmental policies and the European processes that take place in the institutions of the European Union. Active participation in research…

2015/06/16

Interview with Izabella Vajda on her EVS experience at EFHR

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) “Youth for Human Rights” project, submitted by the Foundation as part of the promotional campaign “Youth mobility” in the programme Erasmus +,  is coming to an end. We decided to ask one of our EVS volunteers – Izabella – about her impressions of EFHR and her time in Vilnius.…

2015/06/26
July

The 27th touristic rally of Poles in Lithuania is already behind us!

On 4 and 5 July of this year in Święciański Region, in the Abiełoragi village (Obelu Ragas) the 27th Touristic Rally of Poles in Lithuania took place. Same as last year the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) also took part in this event with its employees giving information to the participants about the extensive…

2015/07/08

A new trainee joined our team

Sylwia Grzywacz is a second-year Law and Russian Philology student at the University of Zielona Góra. During her education, she was granted a scholarship and went to study at the Pushkin State Russian Language Institute in Moscow. This experience allowed Sylwia to perfect her language skills, to broaden her knowledge of the country’s culture, and…

2015/07/14

EFHR team is richer by a new volunteer

Ieva Rudytė is a 4th year law student at Vilnius University majoring in International Law and European Union Law. In July and September she will complete her traineeship at European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) During her studies, she was mostly interested in international law and European Union law, which is closely linked to human…

2015/07/15

New EFHR team volunteer

Justyna Bielska is a second year MA student at Jagiellonian University in Cracow, studying political science with a specialization in institutions and policy management. She comes from Cieszyn, a border town between Poland and the Czech Republic, and thus, she has always been familiar with another culture. She has also taken part in numerous workshops and…

2015/07/17
August

EFHR welcomes new trainee

EFHR’s new trainee Sebastian Stein is a fifth year Law student at Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen, Germany. Currently, he is completing two semesters abroad at Mykolas Romeris University in Vilnius. His specialization areas, along with human rights, are International Public Law, particularly the Law of the European Union and Environmental Law. Sebastian is from Stuttgart,…

2015/08/05

Poland and Lithuania agreed on a common declaration on minority rights protection

The European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI), which is overseen by Director Professor Tove Malloy, held its Summer School on National Minorities and Border Regions at the beginning of August 2015 in Flensburg, Germany. The course took place in order to review the current situation in Europe and the impact of the situation on national…

2015/08/17
September

New trainee has joined EFHR

Aliona Burakova is a third year student at Queen Mary University of London studying Russian and Politics with a specialization in international relations. Aliona is studying for a joint degree, which allows her to obtain a double qualification in the spheres of political science and translation (English to Russian and Russian to English). Aliona is originally from Vilnius,…

2015/09/03

EFHR invites history teachers to the “How to teach social studies” training

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) invites history teachers and all those interested to take part in a training session on teaching “social studies” as a subject in Polish schools in Lithuania. The training course will be held from 25-26th September at EFHR’s premises at 103 Liepkalnio Street Vilnius, Lithuania. The two-day training course…

2015/09/22

EFHR conducted training for teachers on the ‘Social studies education at schools

The trainings on the topic of social studies education were held at the European Foundation of Human Rights office (EFHR), this year between the 25th and 26th of September. The trainings were organized as a part of the third edition of a project ‘Europeans, Poles, Citizens’. More information about this year’s edition of the project…

2015/09/28
October

New Intern at European Foundation of Human Rights

Michał Żłobecki is a student at Jagiellonian University in Krakow. He is specializing in international public law, especially EU Human Rights Law. In 2015 he joined the Academy of Young Diplomats, an annual programme hosted by the European Academy of Diplomacy in Warsaw, and he opted for the International Security course. For many years Michał…

2015/10/01

New volunteer at EFHR

In October Aneta Maciejewska started her ten-month volunteer at the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) to take part in the EVS project “Promote diversity, promote human rights.” Aneta graduated from Wrocław University with a BA in International Relations and completed her MA in International Economic Relations at Gdańsk University. During her studies she took…

2015/10/05

EFHR invites you to attend our “Implementation of international law” training course

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) would like to invite you to a training session introducing international law. The training sessions will be held on 21 October and 25 November of this year. This won’t be the first training course organized by EFHR and hosted by highly-respected specialists in the field of international law. Find…

2015/10/06

New volunteer at EFHR

Leah Nedahl is a Goldsmiths (University of London) English graduate with a post-graduate NCTJ Diploma in Multimedia Journalism. Originally from Wales, Leah spent her formative years living in Malaga, Spain, with her family. She enjoys living in different places – she has also lived in London, Brighton and Seville – and is looking forward to…

2015/10/12

EFHR attended an international conference on minorities in Romania

The Conference on “Patterns of Integration of Old and New Minorities in a Europe of Complex Diversity” took place at Sapientia Hungarian University in Cluj-Napoca on 8-9 October 2015. It was not the first time EFHR has visited Sapientia University. In October 2012 European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) took part in the conference on…

2015/10/14

EFHR ‘PROTECTION OF NATIONAL MINORITIES RIGHTS: FIVE YEAR TRENDS’ Conference

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) will hold its “Protection of National Minorities Rights: Five Year Trends” conference on October 23 in Vilnius, Lithuania. The aim of this conference is to provide an overview of certain issues such as the protection of minority groups in Lithuania as well as to summarize the work of our…

2015/10/19

EFHR Training Session: “Implementation of International Law”

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) held a free training session on the “Implementation of International Law” today which was attended by 70 people. The training was led by Professor Ireneusz Cezary Kamiński, lawyer, sociologist, university lecturer at Jagiellonian University and from July 2014 an ad hoc judge for the European Court of Human Rights…

2015/10/21

EFHR – a part of the active UNITED network

On 14th – 19th October 2015 in Budapest, a representative from the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) took part in the international conference UNITED “#YOUACT: YOUth ACTivism shaping our Intercultural Europe”. Regarding the current situation in Europe, where nationalist parties are polling highly, and racist rhetoric and intolerance (often disguised as economy-related arguments) are…

2015/10/24

The long-awaited EFHR conference has finally taken place!

On 23rd of October 2015 the conference “Protection of National Minorities Rights: Five Years Trends”, organized by the European Foundation of Human Rights, took place at Vilnius Municipality. The conference was held in English and Lithuanian with simultaneous translations available for both languages. Its aim was to review minority rights protection in Lithuania, the results achieved…

2015/10/26
November

International Day Against Fascism and Anti-Semitism

International Day Against Fascism and Anti-Semitism  is an annual day to unite against fascism and racism, in particular anti-Semitism. UNITED for Intercultural Action, which has been active since 1993, began the event to mark the anniversary of ‘Kristallnacht’ (Crystal Night), the first step towards the extermination of the Jewish Europeans by the Nazis on 9…

2015/11/06

EFHR welcomes a new intern

Bartłomiej Derewęda is a student of International and Comparative Law at the University of Lapland which is located on the Polar Circle in Finland. He is currently taking part in a one-year-long student exchange at Mykolas Romeris University as part of the Erasmus+ programme. Bartłomiej is from Opoczno and he is a graduate of the…

2015/11/09

EFHR commemorated International Day Against Fascism and Anti-Semitism at Vilnius University

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) organized an event on 9th of November 2015 in the Vilnius University Law building to commemorate International Day Against Fascism and Anti-Semitism. EFHR set up a stall for passers-by to stop and pick up informative materials (pamphlets, posters, postcards, stickers – all provided by EFHR partner organization UNITED).…

2015/11/11

EFHR invites you to the conference “Integration and exclusion: The linguistic rights of national minorities in Europe” organized by SNPL (Association of Polish Scientists in Lithuania)

The biggest international scientific conference in the region devoted to the linguistic rights of national minorities entitled “Integration and exclusion: The linguistic rights of national minorities in Europe” will be organized by the Association of Polish Scientists in Lithuania on 27 November 2015 in “Artis Centrum Hotel’, 23 Totorių Street, Vilnius. The conference will be…

2015/11/12

“Human rights in children’s lives” – Art Competition

In celebration of Universal Children’s Day on 20th November, the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) would like to announce a creative art competition entitled “Human rights in children’s lives” and aimed at 5th-8th grade students. We are pleased to inform you that the competition is under the honorary patronage of Mr. Marek Michalak, the Ombudsman for…

2015/11/16

EFHR Vilnius Municipality Excursion

Staff and volunteers from the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) office enjoyed an excursion on Thursday 12th November to Vilnius City Municipality (Vilniaus miesto savivaldybė). The trip was a great opportunity for EVS volunteers Aneta Maciejewska and Leah Nedahl to see the main hub of Vilnius city administration. We were treated to a tour…

2015/11/17

“We are similar” project is drawing to an end – come to our gala!

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) is delighted to report that the time for submitting artistic works as part of the second edition of the “Jesteśmy podobni” (“We are alike”) project has come to an end. The project aims at improving the social integration of the Polish minority in Lithuania, especially amongst young people,…

2015/11/23
December

“Skills Tandem” and “We Are Similar” projects have finished

The “Skills Tandem” and “We are similar” projects overseen by the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) have come to an end. Their aim was to encourage the integration of young people of different nationalities. On 27th November 2015 a formal gala took place at the Runmis hotel during which diplomas and awards were given to all participants…

2015/12/01

Second part of EFHR training session “Implementation of International Law“

On November 26th 2015, the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) organized the second part of a free training session concerning human rights and legal proceedings in the field of international law. The training session lasted 6 hours and took place at the EFHR headquarters. The session was conducted by world-renowned international law expert Dr. Fernard de Varennes who…

2015/12/02

EVS “On Arrival” Training Session

From November 18 – 21 an EVS on-arrival training session took place at the Daugirdiškės conference centre, (Elektrėnai district). Leah Nedahl and Aneta Maciejewska, the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) volunteers who are taking part in the project “Promote diversity, promote human rights”, attended the event, along with other EVS Lithuania participants. On the first day…

2015/12/03

EFHR Alternative Report for CERD

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) has submitted its Alternative Report for the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD). This UN shadow report, considered at the 88th session of the Committee from 23 November to 11 December in Geneva, was written in response to CERD’s review of Lithuania’s sixth to eighth periodic…

2015/12/09

EFHR took part in the CRISP partner project “Fighting right-wing populism in Europe”

European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) representatives Ewelina Baliko and Rajmund Klonowski, along with four volunteer participants (Justyna Dedulevič, Lešek Jankovskij, Birutė Kirtiklytė and Ieva Masiliūnaitė) took part in a partner project with CRISP called “Fighting right-wing populism in Europe”. The participant organizations were: Civil (Macedonia), ECMI (Germany), Iskra (Ukraine), CSDC (Italy), EGEA (Moldova), Human RightS Initiative…

2015/12/11

EFHR celebrated Human Rights Day on 10 December

Like every year, on the 10th of December, we celebrated Human Rights Day. This date honours  67 years since signing the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was adopted by the United Nations in 1947. On this occasion representatives of the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) participated in a seminar organized by the European Law…

2015/12/14

The ceremonial gala celebrating the end of EFHR projects took place

On the 19th December, in the hall of Runmis Hotel (Liepkalnio 103 Street, Vilnius) a ceremonial gala on the occasion of the finale of the third edition of the “Europeans, Poles, Citizens” project took place. The gala was attended by the participants of the project, teachers, guests and people who took part in the art…

2015/12/21