National Forum on Human Rights. Born free and equal
“All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.” (Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 1).
Marking the Human Rights Day on 10 December, the National Forum on Human Rights will be organized in Vilnius for the first time. This year’s event will focus on the theme of perspectives. The united academic and international communities as well as the governmental and non-governmental sectors will celebrate the 70th anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
The public is welcome to join the discussions at the forum regarding the present situation and what can be done to ensure that Lithuania provides appropriate living conditions for everyone – regardless of nationality, race, faith, gender, social status, beliefs or views.
Chief Public Relations Counsellor at National Human Rights Institution (Seimas Ombudsmen’s Office)
Vytautas Valentinavičius is Chief Public Relations Counsellor at National Human Rights Institution (Seimas Ombudsmen’s Office).
Prosecutor at Organized Crime and Corruption Investigation Division of Kaunas Regional Prosecutor's Office
Gabija Večerinskienė is a Prosecutor at the Organized Crime and Corruption Investigation Division of Kaunas Regional Prosecutor’s Office.
Jolita Vaitkutė is an artist from Lithuania who uses food and other everyday objects to embody her ideas in the form of installations, performances and illustrations, mostly portraits. She is fond of portraying subjects from politics, current events and history. As a reflection of the ever-changing modern world, most of her work is transient in nature, as it either gets consumed or destroyed in the process. Currently her exhibition ‘Pabudę iš knygų’ is on display at the Martynas Mažvydas National Library. Marking the centennial of statehood, a series of clothing with portraits of Čiurlionis, Basanavičius and Žemaitė has been released. Vaitkutė also frequently visits schools and universities and talks about everyday creativity for private groups.
Head of the Seimas Ombudsmen's Office
Augustinas Normantas is the Head of the Seimas Ombudsmen’s Office, former Justice of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Lithuania, professor of practice of the Law Faculty of Vilnius University, constitutionalist.
Journalist, Professor at VMU Dept. of Public Communication
Audronė Nugaraitė is a journalist and a professor at the Dept. of Public Communication of Vytautas Magnus University. She is also a founding member of the Lithuanian Public Relations Specialists’ Association, a member of the Lithuanian Union of Journalists, the European Public Relations Education and Research Association and numerous other organizations. Previously Prof. Nugaraitė headed the Journalism Institute at Vilnius University and worked as Chief Adviser of the President of Lithuania. Her research priorities include media dissemination and concentration, and public relations theory.
Head of Investigative Journalism Department at 15min.lt
Šarūnas Černiauskas is the head of the Investigative Journalism Department at the online news portal 15min.lt. The journalist specializes in topics related to corruption, money laundering, and public procurement. Černiauskas has been cooperating with the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, an international centre of investigative journalism, and worked on Panama Papers – the biggest investigation in journalism history, which resulted in major changes in Lithuania and abroad.
CEO of the Lithuanian National Radio and Television (LRT)
Monika Garbačiauskaitė-Budrienė is the CEO of the Lithuanian National Radio and Television (LRT). She is former longtime editor-in-chief of the online news portal DELFI. Since August 2017, Garbačiauskaitė-Budrienė is a member of the International Press Institute.
Editor of zw.lt and radio show host at Znad Wilii
Ewelina Mokrzecka is the editor of the radio station Znad Wilii’s online site zw.lt and a radio show host. In the past, she worked as a journalist at the online news site pl.delfi.lt and as a lawyer in the Association for Legal Intervention (ALI) and the law firm Kruk, Pasierbiak, Wasilewski i Wspólnicy. Mokrzecka also taught training courses at the NOMADA Association for Multicultural Society Integration. The courses focused on hate crimes, rights, migration, and foreigner rights.
OSINT-journalist, Solidarity activist
Mikhail Maglov is an OSINT-journalist and author of the anti-corruption project Municipal Scanner, which investigates the transit of corruption money from the East to the West. He is a specialist in oil and gas processing. Since 2008, Maglov is an activist of the Russian opposition movement “Solidarity”. He has worked with Boris Nemtsov and Ilya Yashin. In 2012 Maglov was forced to leave Russia because of persecution. In 2014, together with Boris Nemtsov, he сreated the project munscanner.com. In 2018 he was awarded the Vilnius Institute of Political Analysis award for a series of investigations in Lithuania.
Inspector of Journalist Ethics in Lithuania
Gražina Ramanauskaitė-Tiumenevienė is the Inspector of Journalist Ethics in Lithuania. In the past, she served as the general manager of the Lithuanian news agency ELTA.
Head of Information Analytics Department at Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania
Ginas Dabašinskas is the head of the Information Analytics Department at the Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania, journalist, and editor. He has previously worked as a public relations specialist in Lithuanian and German companies, a TV and radio show host, editor of newspapers and magazines.
Ambassador of the Kingdom of Sweden to the Republic of Lithuania
Maria Christina Lundqvist is the Ambassador of Sweden to the Republic of Lithuania. The diplomat pays special attention to the two countries’ cooperation in security, energy, investments, and EU membership, also relaying Sweden’s perspective on such issues as the equal value of people, gender equality and children’s rights, corporate social responsibility, job environment, climate, and migration.
Ambassador of Canada to Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania, a diplomat
Kevin Rex is Ambassador of Canada to Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania, a diplomat. His past positions include Foreign Policy Advisor to the Prime Minister in the Privy Council Office, acting Director of the Canadian International Development Agency’s Afghanistan Task Force, and Deputy Director in the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade’s Stabilization and Reconstruction Task Force (START). He also worked in Canada’s Permanent Mission to the UN in New York and led the START team to Haiti after the 2010 earthquake, and to Nepal following the 2015 earthquake. He was awarded the Humanitas Operational Service Medal for his work in disaster response.
Co-founder of nebegeda.lt, creator of social initiatives, author of Vyvenimas
Beata Tiškevič is the co-founder of nebegeda.lt platform, creator of social initiatives, author of the book Vyvenimas.
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U.S. Ambassador to Lithuania, career member of senior Foreign Service
Anne Hall is the U.S. Ambassador to Lithuania, a career member of senior Foreign Service who has a lot of experience in working with European countries. Previously she served as Director of the Office of Central European Affairs in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, Deputy Chief of Mission at the American Embassy in Vilnius, and Consul General of American Consulate General in Krakow, Poland. In 2009 she became the first American Consul General to be awarded the Knight‘s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland.
Ambassador of Norway to Lithuania
Karsten Klepsvik is the Ambassador of Norway to Lithuania and Norway`s permanent representative to the International Committee – Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation. He has previously served as Ambassador of Norway to Poland and Polar Affairs Advisor for Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs. Mr Klepsvik has also worked as Deputy Head of Mission at the Norwegian Embassy in Washington, D.C.
Speaker of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania
Viktoras Pranckietis is the Speaker of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania. He has a PhD. in Biomedicine and is a Professor at Aleksandras Stulginskis University. Pranckietis has authored scientific publications, textbooks and articles. His scientific achievements include plant breeding.
Chair of Seimas Committee on Human Rights
Valerijus Simulik is Chair of Seimas Committee on Human Rights, Member of the Seimas of Lithuania since 2000, member of Seimas Commission for Youth and Sports Affairs. He has also worked in political groups of the Seimas dedicated to inter-parliamentary relations with Republic of China (Taiwan), Poland, Estonia, India, Holy See, Moldova, Georgia, Japan etc.
One of the organizers of Men's Crisis and Information Centre, philosopher, VMU lecturer
Algirdas Davidavičius is one of the organizers of the Men’s Crisis and Information Centre, a consultant, head of a men’s self-help group, philosopher, expert of the Good Management Program at the Vilnius Institute for Policy Analysis, and a lecturer at Vytautas Magnus University.
Volunteer at Jaunimo Linija, member of Volunteer Council
Julija Staškovskaja is a proponent of the rights of all living beings and an active admirer of the Planet Earth. Staškovskaja began her career in the field of human rights at the Ministry of Interior, where she coordinated national programs for the prevention and control of human trafficking. Since 2014 she has been an active volunteer at Jaunimo Linija (Youth Line) and a member of the Volunteer Council.
Chief Prosecutor of Klaipėda District Prosecutor's Office
Dalia Pocienė is the Chief Prosecutor of Klaipėda District Prosecutor’s Office. She has been working in the Office since 2003. Klaipėda District Prosecutor’s Office covers city municipalities of Klaipėda and Palanga, district municipalities of Klaipėda, Plungė, Rietavas and Skuodas.
Mathematician, full member of Lithuanian Academy of Sciences, Vytautas Magnus University Rector
Juozas Augutis is a mathematician, Habil. Dr. in Technology, full member of the Lithuanian Academy of Sciences, energy expert, Rector of Vytautas Magnus University (VMU), Head of the Energy Security Research Centre under VMU and Lithuanian Energy Institute, member of VMU Senate and Council.
Director of the Lithuanian Centre for Human Rights
Birutė Sabatauskaitė is the Director and Advocacy Officer of the Lithuanian Centre for Human Rights. She conducts analysis on implementing equality in Lithuania, prepares reports and shadow reports to the international institutions focusing on domestic violence, gender based violence, discrimination and hate crimes. She used to lead trainings on human rights in an international children and youth organization, had been volunteering in workshops with children for many years.
Equal Opportunities Ombudsperson
Agneta Skardžiuvienė is the Equal Opportunities Ombudsperson assigned in 2015. Before that she was the Vice Minister of Culture, Advisor to the Speaker of the Seimas, used to work in the Parliament. Agneta Skardžiuvienė graduated from Mykolas Romeris University where she obtained the Master of Laws degree.
MA in Gender Studies, editor at manoteises.lt, head of communication at Lithuanian Centre for Human Rights
Jūratė Juškaitė is an MA graduate in Gender Studies, editor of human rights online portal manoteises.lt, and the head of communication at the Lithuanian Centre for Human Rights.
Senior Adviser at Equal Opportunities Ombudsperson's Office, education scientist, trainer
Vilma Gabrieliūtė is Senior Adviser at the Equal Opportunities Ombudsperson’s Office, education scientist, and a trainer at the House of Diversity and Education. Vilma prepares and adapts education programs in addition to organizing equal opportunity assurance training for employers, specialists, parents, educators, and psychologists.
Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania
Linas Linkevičius is the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania, a political and public figure. He has worked as the Member of the Parliament of Lithuania, Head of the Seimas Delegation to the North Atlantic Assembly, Minister of National Defence of the Republic of Lithuania, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Lithuania to Belarus. In 1997-2000 and 2005-2011, he served as the Head of the Lithuanian Mission to the WEU and NATO and Permanent Representative of Lithuania to the North Atlantic Council. Linkevičius has been awarded a number of decorations from Lithuania, Estonia, Georgia, Moldova, Sweden and other countries, including the Cross of Commander of the Order of the Lithuanian Grand Duke Gediminas and many others.
Children's Rights Ombudsperson of the Republic of Lithuania
Edita Žiobienė is the Children’s Rights Ombudsperson of the Republic of Lithuania. Previously she has worked as the head of the Lithuanian Centre for Human Rights and as Assoc. Prof. at Dept. of Constitutional Law of Mykolas Romeris University. Žiobienė also taught lectures at Vytautas Magnus University’s Institute of Law.
Training Manager at Raoul Wallenberg Academy (RWA), Sweden
Lisa Gawell is a Training Manager at Raoul Wallenberg Academy (RWA) in Sweden where she holds lectures and provides training for teachers. RWA seeks to turn schools into platforms for democratic development and to raise awareness of human rights among youth. Gawell herself has accumulated many years of experience as a teacher and has worked extensively with digital media at school.
Publisher, textbook author and editor, literary scientist
Dr. Saulius Žukas is a publisher, author and editor of textbooks and methodical material, literary scientist, and a critic. He acquired a degree in Lithuanian studies and started teaching at Vilnius University, later going on to become the head of AJ Greimas Centre for Semiotics and Literary Theory. Žukas is the founder, owner, and former longtime head of the publishing house Baltos Lankos. He is also the director of Baltos Lankos journal.
Lithuanian patriot, liberal, human rights activist
Emilija Mockutė (pronoun: she/her/hers) is master degree student of Astrophysics at Vilnius University’s Faculty of Physics and engineer at the Center for Physical Sciences and Technology. She is a Lithuanian patriot, liberal, and human rights activist.
Founder of “Roma Women from Baltic Region”
Vaiva Poškaitė-Tomaševič has been involved in the Roma community of Lithuania since 2016. She has been working actively to help Roma women enter the Lithuanian job market and social life. In 2017, Poškaitė-Tomaševič founded the association entitled “Roma Women from Baltic Region” whose activities are conducted by Roma women from Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia.
Chair of Lithuanian Roma Association, Adviser to member of Committe on Social Affairs at Vilnius City Municipality
Istvan Kvik is the Chair of the Lithuanian Roma Association, Adviser to a member of the Committe on Social Affairs at Vilnius City Municipality, and the head of Sare Roma. Kvik takes part in the decision-making related to the chief issues of the Roma people in Lithuania: he aims to include Roma youth into the social life and promotes community life.
Director of the Department of National Minorities under the Government of Lithuania
Dr. Vida Montvydaitė started working as the Director of the Department of National Minorities under the Government of the Republic of Lithuania on 1 July 2015. Montvydaitė has wide professional experience in international cooperation, relations between Lithuanian and foreign organizations, and management of administration. She has successfully defended her dissertation in the field of humanities (history).
Senior Editor at Ru.delfi.lt
Oleg Yerofeyev is the Senior Editor at online news site Ru.delfi.lt who has accumulated extensive work experience in the media. His activities have earned him the second class medal “For merits to Vilnius and the nation”.
Legal assistant, lawyer at the European Foundation for Human Rights
Evelina Dobrovolska is a legal assistant and a lawyer at the European Foundation for Human Rights. She specializes in the rights of national minorities, represents declarants in disputes regarding the original transcription of personal names, and works on cases related to discrimination and hate crimes.
Political scientist, Head of VMU Dept. of Political Science
Dr. Andzej Pukszto is a political scientist and the head of the Dept. of Political Science at Vytautas Magnus University. His research priorities include European studies, Central Eastern European politics, and international relations in CEE. Pukszto is also a member of the Lithuanian Political Science Association and the Association for the Study of Nationalities (New York).
Head of the Center Against Human Trafficking and Exploitation
Kristina Mišinienė has been engaged in the support of victims of human trafficking, prostitution and sexual violence for 18 years. Currently she is the Head of the Center Against Human Trafficking and Exploitation.
Alice Alasevičė (pronouns: she/her/hers) is a medical doctor. In 2011 she graduated from medical school and in 2017 she became the fully qualified pediatrician.
Head of HR EMEA region at Western Union
Živilė Valeišienė is the Head of HR EMEA region at Western Union. At the moment the Lithuanian unit employs app. 2000 globally thinking professionals who represent 50 different nationalities. According to Ms. Valeišienė, Western Union is an organization where differences are celebrated, individual views are respected and cultural stereotypes are challenged. She says: “Every day we learn from each other, different skills and experiences enable us to provide high quality services to clients around the world.”
HR Manager at Rimi Lithuania
Dovilė Buinickaitė-Struckienė is the HR Manager at Rimi Lithuania. People with various disabilities have been working in Rimi stores and office for more than ten years. 130 out of 3200 Rimi’s employees have disabilities, while 5 people with hearing impairment have celebrated 10th anniversary of their career at Rimi Lithuania. Ms. Buinickaitė-Struckienė says: “We are happy that we manage to ensure gender equality among the high-level executives as well.”
HR head at Telia Company
Ramūnas Bagdonas is the HR head at Telia Company. According to him, equality is one of the most fundamental values in organizational culture. “While working in international companies in Lithuania and abroad, I have had the chance to see how positively the equal opportunities mainstreaming influences people and business results. I have realized that it is a long-term commitment and not just a one-time project, it requires consistent and systematic work,” Explains Mr. Bagdonas.
Head of Advocacy at Human Rights Monitoring Institute
Mėta Adutavičiūtė is the Head of Advocacy at Human Rights Monitoring Institute. She specializes in the field of equal opportunities and non-discrimination in the field of employment and occupation. Ms. Adutavičiūtė is one of the contributors of the Guide to Equal Opportunities for Employers.
Author of the research on situation of transgender persons in Lithuania
Aivaras Žilvinskas (pronouns: he/him/his) is an independent human rights expert. Since 2008 he works at the law firm “Zabiela, Zabielaitė & Partners”. He also cooperates with various human rights organization both at national and international levels.
Assistant of the Government Agent to the European Court of Human Rights, Minsitry of Justice
Lina Urbaitė (pronouns: she/her/hers) represented the Lithuanian Government in the proceedings of the well-known case L. v. Lithuania. Currently she is coordinating the execution of the ECtHR‘s judgment, seeking to ensure effective measures for legal gender recognition.
LGBT* human rights activist
Danilas Pavilionis (pronouns: he/him/his) is a transman, who has been living openly for more than three years, but received the court‘s judgment on legal gender recognition only recently. Danilas is also an LGBT human rights activist and future nurse.
Head of the Equal Opportunities Mainstreaming Division at the Office of the Equal Opportunities Ombudsperson
Tomas Vytautas Raskevičius (pronouns: he/him/his) is the Head of the Equal Opportunities Mainstreaming Division at the Office of the Equal Opportunities Ombudsperson. In 2017 he initiated strategic litigation process which resulted in removal of the abusive sterilization requirement for obtaining legal gender recognition in Lithuania.
President of Lithuanian Disability Forum
Dovilė Juodkaitė is the president of Lithuanian Disability Forum and the member of European Disability Forum’s Board of Directors. She is also an expert in the fields of human rights, rights of people with disabilities, mental health care. D. Juodkaitė specializes in mental health law. She conducted the analysis of Lithuanian mental health care system.
First Vice President of GREVIO
Marceline Naudi is the first Vice President of the Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO). For many years she has been working in various organizations that help domestic violence survivors. M. Naudi is also the head of the Department of Gender Studies in the University of Malta. Academically she is interested in gender studies and gender-based violence.
Member of the Seimas Committee on Human Rights
Viktorija Čmilytė-Nielsen is a member of the Seimas Committee on Human Rights and Provisional Group of Women. Mrs. Čmilytė-Nielsen graduated from the University of Latvia. She has been studying Diplomacy in Vytautas Magnus University since 2016.
Journalist, TV host and producer
Edmundas Jakilaitis is a journalist, TV host and producer. He has worked in various national televisions including channels such as “LNK”, “Lietuvos ryto televizija”, “LRT televizija”. Now he hosts internet TV and radio shows “DELFI Dėmesio centre”, “Pagonių kiemas” and “Kompleksiniai pietūs”.
Head of Klaipeda Social and Psychological Services Center
Dalia Puidokienė is the head of Klaipeda Social and Psychological Services Center. She has a PhD in Social Science and has analyzed the resocialization of women that are domestic violence survivors. She also has explored the ways how victims of prostitution cope with the trauma they experienced. While having been working with violence survivors she gained a lot of experience of providing psychological help.
Detective Sergeant at Montreal Police Department
Dominic Monchamp is Detective Sergeant at the Multidisciplinary Investigations and Youth Coordination Unit for the West Region, Vice Section, City of Montreal Police Service (SPVM, Canada). He has been serving the SPVM for 20 years and specializing in human trafficking and sexual exploitation for the last 15 years. His vast experience includes overseeing undercover operations, including electronic surveillance and fieldwork. Monchamp is involved in over 1800 files on human trafficking and had logged over 600 interviews with victims. He conducts lectures and conferences at regional, provincial and national levels. The detective is an active member of CATHII (Action Committee against Human Trafficking – Domestic and International) (2005) and other committees.
Head of Government and NGO Relations at Yara Int. ASA
Dag Ekelberg is Head of Government and NGO Relations at Yara Int. ASA. He has formerly served as Director of Industrial Affairs at the National Federation of Service Industries, Director of Governmental Affairs at Telenor ASA, Ass. Gen. Manager at the think-tank Civita, political adviser to the Conservative Party´s Parliamentary Group and officer in the Norwegian Air Force. Ekelberg studied political science and law at the Univ. of Oslo and at the Univ. of Kiel, Germany.
Head of Media Program at the Vilnius Institute of Policy Analysis
Donatas Puslys is the head of Media Program at the Vilnius Institute of Policy Analysis. Previously he worked as the editor-in-chief of the online news outlet Bernardinai.lt. The Sugihara Foundation – Diplomats for Life named him the Person of Tolerance in 2014. Puslys was also awarded for a broader perspective on human rights and progressive reforms at the creative competition Human Rights in Lithuania 2017.
Singer, songwriter, activist, mother
As a solo artist and a member of Skamp and other bands, Erica Jennings has won every award possible in Lithuanian music. She has been campaigning for human rights since 1998; in cooperation with the British Council, Skamp recorded an album written by schoolchildren to encourage multi-culturalism. In 2017, Jennings was named Woman of the Year: not just for her musical merit, but also for raising awareness about domestic violence, children’s rights and gay rights. She published her first bilingual children’s book in 2011 and graduated with a degree in musical theatre in 2013.
Actor, singer, professional event host
Dominykas Vaitiekūnas is a well-known Lithuanian musical theatre performer, singer, and professional event host. As a member of the band Liūdni Slibinai, he released 4 albums, performed at all major festivals and popular TV shows, and won awards, such as Band of the Year 2012 in the Lithuanian music awards M.A.M.A. Vaitiekūnas has also acted in musicals and produced stand-up shows. Currently he is honing his skills in London, taking private classes by Prof. Derek Barnes.
Head of European Commission Representation in Lithuania
Arnoldas Pranckevičius is the Head of European Commission Representation in Lithuania. Before joining the Commission in October 2016, he spent 11 years at the European Parliament, serving as diplomatic adviser to EP Presidents Martin Schulz and Jerzy Buzek, advising them on Russia, Eastern Partnership, Western Balkans and Asia, coordinating the work of Cox-Kwasniewski mission in Ukraine, working in the Committee for Foreign Affairs and with the Interparliamentary delegations. In 2004-2006 he served as Lithuania’s President Adamkus’ domestic policy adviser. Pranckevičius holds EU affairs MA from Sciences Po Paris and International relations BA from Colgate University, USA.
Head of European Security Programme at Vilnius Institute for Policy Analysis
Simas Čelutka is the Head of European Security Programme at the Vilnius Institute for Policy Analysis (VIPA). He focuses on information security, Russian hybrid warfare, media literacy, Ukraine’s democratisation, and the state of democracy in Central and Eastern Europe. He leads several projects on disinformation in Lithuania and neighbouring countries, writes regularly for major Lithuanian media outlets and appears on national TV and radio. He is currently pursuing a PhD in political philosophy at Vilnius University.
Lawyer, data protection consultant
Natalija Bitiukova is a lawyer, data protection consultant currently working for the IT Governance Europe. She also serves on the boards of the Lithuania-based non-governmental organization Human Rights Monitoring Institute (HRMI) and Berlin-based non-profit Civil Liberties Union for Europe. Before that, Natalija worked for the European Data Protection Supervisor, where she contributed to the Opinion on online manipulation, and held a position of the Deputy Director of the Human Rights Monitoring Institute where she led legal work in the areas of digital rights, criminal justice and other human rights issues. Natalija continues to research the implications of online manipulation and data misuse on democratic processes.
Leader of NGO "The White Gloves"
Marija Šaraitė is a leader of NGO „The White Gloves“ and a coordinator of initiative City Alumni. She works in the NGO sector and has been actively involved in civil society initiatives for ten years. Currently her main goal is transparency in the elections. NGO „The White Gloves“ organises independent monitoring of elections and implements other activities against corruption.
Teacher of German language, educator at Inconvenient Films, human rights activist
Kristina Saigadak is a teacher of German language, also working as an educator in the festival Inconvenient Films, and a human rights activist.
Researcher at the Lithuanian Social Research Centre and Vytautas Magnus University
Karolis Žibas is a researcher at the Lithuanian Social Research Centre and Vytautas Magnus University. He is also the founder of independent think tank Diversity Development Group and a sociologist of migration focused on human rights, asylum, displacement, migrant integration and anti-trafficking polices.
Professor at the Department of Social Work, VMU
Jonas Ruškus is a Professor at the Department of Social Work, Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania. He is also working as Expert Member of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities of the United Nations and as the Chair of the UNESCO National Commision. Prof. Ruškus is also a member of Kaunas L’Arche Community, Lithuanian Centre for Human Rights and Lithuanian Association of Independent Living.
Journalist, TV show host
Journalist at Lithuanian National Radio and Television (LRT)
Mindaugas Jackevičius works for the Lithuanian National Radio and Television (LRT) as a radio host and deputy chief editor for online news site Lrt.lt. He is covering politics, emigration, human rights and social equality, education.
President of the Lithuanian Trade Union Alliance
Audrius Cuzanauskas, the president of the Lithuanian Trade Union Alliance, represents his members in defending the professional, labor, economic, social rights and interests of the working people.