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…

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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…

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We are inviting you to take part in the “Skills Tandem” project

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) begins a new project entitled “Skills Tandem”, promoting the cultural integration in Vilnius. The educational project is targeted at the youth aged 14-19 years old – Poles, Lithuanians, Russians, Belarusians, Jews, and others. The main aim of the project is to socially integrate the youth of different nationalities…

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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,…

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Positive disctrimination in Lithuania?

During the most recent visit in Soleczniki (12.08.2015) the President of Lithuanian Republic, Dalia Grybauskaitė, gave a speech in which she again supported the creation of a special development fund for South-East Lithuania. According to the Head of State, this kind of support for the region would improve citizens’ situation, and contribute to eliminating the…

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The “Memory, Responsibility, Future” Foundation: invitation to join project

Another project organised by the German “Memory, Responsibility, Future” Foundation (Foundation EVZ – Erinnerung, Verantwortung und Zukunft) called “Watch Out: Discrimination! Projects on exclusion then and now” is about to begin. The EVZ Foundation’s project aims at strengthening the relationship between Germany and other European countries, including Lithuania. The “Watch Out: Discrimination!” programme is aimed…

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EFHR encourages everyone to visit the Danish Folk University

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) is pleased to inform readers about the possibility of a scholarship to one of the Danish Folk Universities. These are special kinds of schools which focus on informal higher education. Learning at the schools is designed to develop passions and interests of students and to prepare them for taking an active…

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The liberal R. Šimašius – between words and actions

On 30th June 2015, the District Court of the city of Vilnius adopted the judgement according to which the Civil Registry in Vilnius is obliged to make a change in the marriage certificate of a Lithuanian citizen who married a Belgian – to write in the letter “w”. The court has argued that the private…

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EFHR is looking for people to join the project in Budapest!

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) is looking for 2 people who would like to participate in the project „Fighting right-wing populism in Europe”. We are looking for people over 21 years of age to take part in the „Simulation Game on Right Wing Populism” meeting in Budapest from 29th August – 3rd September this year. The…

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EFHR has finished the EVS “Youth for human rights” project

In June of this year, the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) completed the long-term EVS project which started in September 2014. The project, called “Youth for Human Rights”, was financed by the European Union within the framework of the Erasmus + programme. For 10 months two volunteers – one from Poland, with “Odra-Niemen Association” as the sending organization and one…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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EFHR encourages all to join the Facebook action supporting the original spelling of names and surnames

On Tuesday June 16, it was the second time the Commission of the Lithuanian Language (Valstybinė lietuvių kalbos komisija) did not agree to the original spelling of the names and surnames of national minority representatives in its report. According to the Commission, non-Lithuanian names might be written on identity cards only in cases of marriage between a Lithuanian…

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EFHR can help with contesting results of the Matura exam in Lithuanian

On Thursday 2nd July, the National Education Centre released this year’s results of the Lithuanian Matura exam. EFHR has analysed the Lithuanian exam results of secondary-school graduates from the years 2008-2013 from both Lithuanian schools and those of the national minorities. From the data of the National Education Centre, it follows that in the above-mentioned period…

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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.…

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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…

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MEPs defend schools of national minorities in Lithuania

On 10 June 2015, 60 MEPs from 13 member states of the European Union representing all political fractions signed a protest letter to the Prime Minister of the Republic of Lithuania Algidras Butkevičius. The letter was a form of protest against worsening of the situation of national minorities in Lithuania, especially in terms of protection…

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