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 in the protection of human rights. 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 of their basic rights, especially when politicians, government officials and even the majority population are unaware, unresponsive or even insensitive to their rights. This training seminar looked at the use of the large number of political and legal mechanisms available to vulnerable groups to try to ensure better appreciation and protection of their dignity through international and European human rights mechanisms.
We were happy to welcome over sixty participants to our seminar. Most of them were people actively working at the most important Lithuanian state institutions – including prosecutors, judges and attorneys working at the Supreme Court of Lithuania, Vilnius Regional Court, Vilnius District Area Court, Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Lithuania, Human Rights Committee, Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Lithuania, along with other lawyers and members of non-governmental organizations. The participants expressed much interest and gratitude to us for organizing the training, since such seminars are still rare in Lithuania. This is confirmed by data received by EFHR from the Ministry of Justice stating that only 27 training days on human rights were organized in the years 2004-2012. The latest research shows that there is a need for more such trainings among Lithuanians.
For many participants, it was not the first training organized by EFHR that they were taking part in. Participants also filled out surveys that will help us improve the level of our training days. Every participant received a certificate confirming that they took part in a training seminar on international law.
They also received extensive material on the subjects tackled during the seminar and the Council of Europe education packs: “Rights and Freedoms in Practice” and “47 Countries and One Organisation… The Council of Europe,” along with gadgets and EFHR flyers.
We thank the participants for their interest and look forward to meeting them again at the next training seminar!
Tłumaczenie by Michał M. Kowalski w ramach praktyk w Europejskiej Fundacji Praw Człowieka, www.efhr.eu. Translated by Michał M. Kowalski within the framework of a traineeship programme of the European Foundation of Human Rights, www.efhr.eu.