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Bára Brynjólfsdóttir is a lawyer at The Icelandic Disability Alliance (ÖBÍ). She obtained the law degree in European and International law with a specialization in Human Rights at the Europa-Institut in Saarland University. As a lawyer she has worked for the Icelandic Disability Alliance for four years and provided legal counselling, maintained permanent communications and collaboration with government and municipalities and collaborated with international DPOs and NGOs, as well as ÖBÍ’s member organizations. Bára is also a member of a special working group within ÖBÍ that focuses on health-care.
Marijus Dingilevskis is an associate lawyer at Ellex Valiunas who has experience in the field of human rights defense. He contributed to the victory in the Macatė v. Lithuania case.
Andrius Vyšniauskas is a Member of the Law and Order Committee, deputy head of the TS-LKD faction.
Volker Türk is the current United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. He took up his official functions as High Commissioner on 17 October 2022. Volker Türk holds a doctorate in international law from the University of Vienna and a Master of Laws degree from the University of Linz, Austria. He has published widely on international refugee law and international human rights law.
Simona Bieliūnė is a PhD in education with more than 15 years of experience in mental health promotion and literacy education. Simona Bieliūnė has worked in the education, social and health sectors at state, municipal and international level, and is currently the Deputy Mayor of Vilnius City.
Kristina Saidova is a representative of the young generation of Roma in Vilnius, an activist and mother. Kristina works as a youth worker at the Multicultural Children and Youth Centre “Padėk Pritapti”, and together with a colleague runs a new social business – the Beauty Lab “Šukar beauty”.
Albinas Vilčinskas is the Vice-Minister of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania, responsible for the issues of ethnic culture, intangible heritage, national minorities, regional culture, and the policy of updating and making sense of historical memory.
Agnieška Avin is an educator of the organization “Padėk Pritapti”, a junior researcher at the Institute of Sociology of the LCSS and a PhD student. She graduated from Vytautas Magnus University with a Master’s degree in Social Anthropology. She is interested in the history of Lithuanian Roma, social exclusion and systemic discrimination.
Žilvinas Mišeikis – social activist in several organisations of persons with disabilities, lawyer, mediator, lecturer, student of analytical journalism. Main area of interest – realisation of the rights of persons with disabilities.
Dr. Jonas Ruškus is professor of the Department of Social Work at Vytautas Magnus University, former expert member and vice-chairman of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2015-2022).
Kristina Anulienė is the Director of Adavas Social Care Home.
Goda Jurevičiūtė is the Advisor to the Human Rights Office of the Seimas Ombudsmen’s Office.
Dr. Rasa Genienė – Associate Professor of the Department of Social Work and Social Welfare at Vilnius University, member of the Centre for Disability Studies, Senior Advisor of the Horizontal Policy and Management of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour.
Roberta Salynė is a journalist of political affairs at 15min.lt.
Monika Guliakaitė-Danisevičienė is the Advocacy Manager at the Lithuanian Centre for Human Rights. She conducts legal analysis, reports to the European Equality Law Network, manages projects and participates in advocacy activities. She holds a Master’s degree in Law from Vilnius University.
Kristina Rūkaitė is the Head of Research at the Lithuanian Centre for Human Rights. At the Centre she conducts research, participates in advocacy and manages projects. Kristina holds a BA in Sociology (Vilnius University), an MA in Social Anthropology (Stockholm University) and an MA in Human Ecology (Lund University).
Vytautas Bruveris is a political commentator, editor-in-chief of ELTA news agency.
Amb. Žygimantas Pavilionis is Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania, former Ambassador of the Republic of Lithuania to the United States of America.
Rabbi Dr. Dov Maimon is a Senior Fellow at the Jewish People Policy Institute (JPPI) in Jerusalem. He also serves as a professor at Ben-Gurion University in Beer-Sheva where his expertise lies in unraveling the intricate connections between history, religion, and politics. In addition to his academic roles, Rabbi provides ongoing analyses to the Israeli government on global developments related to antisemitism. Also he is member of the Israeli interministerial commission that focuses on the professional integration of ultra-Orthodox Jews. Additionally, he is the driving force behind the government initiative known as “France First,” designed to streamline the integration of new immigrants from France into Israel.
Raya Kalenova is the Executive Vice-President and CEO of the European Jewish Congress (EJC).
From 2008 until 2012, Raya served as Deputy Secretary-General of EJC and was responsible for the creation and management of the EJC office in Brussels. Until 2008 she was active professionally in the private and corporate sector and as a volunteer in different Jewish charities and organizations.
Ms Kalenova represents the EJC at the World Jewish Restitution Organization and Claims Conference. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Security and Crisis Center.
Faina Kukliansky is an attorney, lobbyist, and since 2013 the Chair of the Lithuanian Jewish (Litvak) Community. She is a member of both Lithuanian and international law associations. F. Kukliansky is also a member of the Lithuanian delegation of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) and a member of the Executive Committee of the European Jewish Congress (EJC).
Edvardas Kubilius is a journalist, chairman of the LRT Journalists’ Ethics Commission, host of the LRT radio shows “Ryto garsai”, “10-12”, “Už Vilniaus”, former host of LRT radio news service news and LRT TV show “Unknown Mayor”.
Ernesta Butkuvienė is the Director of the Association of Specialised Assistance Services, Coordinator of the Specialised Complex Assistance Centre, Chairwoman of the Association “Kaunas Women’s Line” and an active participant in the activities of the “Women’s Helpline”. Erika Butkuvienė holds a Master’s degree in Social Sciences and has almost 20 years of experience in the non-governmental sector. She organises and coordinates social projects, and provides counselling to victims of domestic violence and other criminal offences.
Vilma Augienė is the Vice-Minister of Social Security and Labour of the Republic of Lithuania.
Dr. Andrius Navickas is a philosopher, journalist, editor, religious scholar, former head of the online news portal Bernardinai.lt. Andrius Navickas is a Doctor of Humanities (Philosophy), Doctoral thesis on the problem of substantiation of human rights in contemporary political philosophy. He is the author of articles on Lithuanian political, cultural and educational current affairs, compiler of books, signatory of the civil action “Neisduok”, since 2017 – a member of the Seimas. Winner of Man of Tolerance of the Year Award for consistent endeavours in defending human dignity (2010).
Dr. Edita Žiobienė is Ombudsperson for Child’s Rights.
Dr. Erika Leonaitė is the Seimas Ombudsperson for investigating the complaints regarding the activities of state institutions and officials. Erika Leonaitė holds a PhD in Law and works as a lecturer at Vilnius University’s Institute of International Relations and Political Science and the Faculty of Law. Her academic interests include the development of international human rights standards and international law. Erika Leonaitė has worked in the Constitutional Court. In 2017, she started working at the Human Rights Monitoring Institute, where she focused on the issues of domestic violence, the rights of victims and the right to a fair trial.
Dr. Reinhard Krumm, born in Hamburg, Germany. From 1991 to 1998 he worked as a journalist in the former Soviet Union, being the Baltic correspondent for Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa) in Riga from 1994 to 1996 and serving as the Moscow correspondent of Der Spiegel magazine from 1996 to 1998. He then joined the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, directing offices, among others, in the Russian Federation (Moscow) as well as the Department of Central and Eastern Europe (Berlin). In 2016 he set up and directed the Regional Office for Cooperation and Peace in Europe (Vienna); since November 2021 he has been the head the Regional Office for the Baltic States (Riga).
Reinhard Krumm comments frequently on current political events in the national and international media. He is a lecturer of Eastern European History at Regensburg University. He is the author of Russlands Traum (Russia’s Dream) (Bonn 2019) and co-edited Restoring European Security: From Managing Relations to Principled Cooperation (Vienna 2021) as well as A Consensus Proposal for a Revised Regional Order in Post-Soviet Europe and Eurasia (RAND, Santa Monica, Calif. 2019).
Dovilė Šakalienė is a member of the National Security and Defence Committee of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania, Deputy Chair of the Social Democratic Party of Lithuania, and Chair of the party’s Committee on National Defence. Co-founder and Co-Chair of the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China IPAC, sanctioned by the People’s Republic of China in 2021.
Dr. Ruslanas Baranovas is a member of the Vilnius District Municipality Council, the elder of the Social Democratic Group in the Vilnius District Municipality Council. Doctor of Philosophy from Vilnius and Turin Universities. My father is Russian, my mother is Lithuanian. I grew up in a Russian-speaking and mixed environment since childhood.
Ivan Trunov is one of the few immigrants in Lithuania who has managed to become a full-fledged local resident. Sociologist, an LGBT+ person, and a representative of the Living Library community. Currently Ivan lives in Vilnius and is pursuing a master’s degree in sociology at Vilnius University. Ivan Trunov always tries to develop active social activities, expand circle of acquaintances, and talk about important topics in society.
Dr. Monika Frėjutė-Rakauskienė is a sociologist, Senior researcher at the Institute of Sociology of the Lithuanian Center for Social Sciences. The researcher works in the field of ethnic research. Her areas of interest are related to the social inclusion of ethnic minority groups and equal opportunities in Lithuanian society.
Darius Matas is a journalist and LRT radio host, experienced in education about media literacy and human rights. He has been organizing workshops, seminars, moderating discussions on these topics for more than 10 years.
Laima Vengalė-Dits is a lawyer who has been working at the Office of the Equal Opportunities Ombudsperson since the establishment of the institution. She examines complaints about possible sexual harassment, discrimination based on gender, age and other grounds, assesses whether commercial advertisements violate the Law on Equal Opportunities for Women and Men. In her work practice, she has accumulated a lot of significant legal and equal opportunity experience.
Since 2010, Dr. Jolanta Reingardė works at the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE). She leads the Research and Statistics unit which is responsible for annual publication of the EU Gender Equality Index, data collection, and research on gender equality progress in priority EU areas. The work also focuses on EU gender equality policies and labor market studies. She is currently leading a study to assess the relationship between the EU Green Deal and gender equality. J. Reingardė obtained a PhD in social sciences (sociology) at Vytautas Magnus University.
Dr. Giedrė Purvaneckienė is a scientist, social activist, politician, affiliated researcher at Vilnius University (VU), chairwoman of the board of the Women’s Information Center. Recently, she has been conducting research in the areas of gender equality and domestic violence. In 2021-2022 she participated in the VU scientific project, the results of which were reflected in the monograph “Modernios Lietuvos (ne)modernėjimas: vertybių kaita lyčių lygybės aspektu (1988–2022)“ (authors: V. Jurėnienė, G.Purvaneckienė) published in 2023.
Tomas Vytautas Raskevičius is a member of the Seimas of Lithuania, Chair of the Seimas Committee on Human Rights, a politician and lawyer, an LGBTI+ activist, former member of Vilnius City Council, former Head of the Equal Opportunities Mainstreaming Division at the Office of the Equal Opportunities Ombudsperson. He is also one of the founders and board members of the political party Laisvės Partija (Freedom Party).
HE Lars Wahlund has been the Swedish Ambassador to Lithuania since 2023. He has previously served as Ambassador in Dublin, Ankara and Skopje and has also served at the embassies in Maputo and Bonn. Ambassador Wahlund has a law degree from University of Uppsala, Sweden, and University of Minnesota, USA.
Rūta Kupčinskaitė is a disability rights activist, sociologist, co-founder of a social business and a member of disability community.
Simona Aginskaitė is an Advocacy Projects manager at Lithuanian Disability Forum; member of the women with disabilities committee at European Disability Forum, researcher on the intersections of gender and disability.
Dr. Vilana Pilinkaite Sotirovic works as a gender expert in the Centre for Equality Advancement and as a research fellow in the Lithuanian Centre for Social Sciences. She has contributed to number of shadow reports to CEDAW, UPR and other European and national organizations. As a scholar she has conducted research studies on quality of gender+ equality policies, domestic violence and gender-based violence in sport and academia (H2020 UNISAFE, GA n. 101006261, https://unisafe-gbv.eu
Alma Ýr Ingólfsdóttir is a chair and spokesperson of ÖBÍ – a national umbrella organization of persons with disabilities.
Alma Ýr Ingólfsdóttir obtained her LLM degree in International and Comparative Disability Law and Regulation from National University of Ireland Galway in 2015. As a lawyer she has worked for the Icelandic Disability Alliance (ÖBÍ) for seven years and provided legal counselling, wrote shadow/alternative-reports regarding the rights of persons with disabilities, maintained permanent communications and collaboration with government and municipalities and collaborated with international DPO´s and NGO´s, as well as ÖBÍ´s member organizations. Since October 7th 2023 Alma Ýr Ingólfsdóttir is elected as a chair and spokesperson of ÖBÍ – a national umbrella organization of persons with disabilities composed by 40 member organizations which monitors implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Additionally, Alma is the chair of the Icelandic Human Rights Centre.
Dainius Žalimas is a Professor of Constitutional and International Law, Dean of the Faculty of Law of Vytautas Magnus University. Member of the European Commission “Democracy through Law” (Venice Commission). 2011-2021 – Judge of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Lithuania. 2014–2021 – Chairman of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Lithuania. 1998-2011 – Advisor to the Minister of National Defense of the Republic of Lithuania, lawyer. 2005-2011 – Member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration. Author and co-author of more than 10 scientific books, author of more than 150 scientific articles, and more than 80 journalistic articles on constitutional and international law topics.
Ewelina Dobrowolska is the Minister of Justice of the Republic of Lithuania.
Karolina Bubnytė-Širmenė is a Representative of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania at the European Court of Human Rights, lecturer at the Faculty of Law of Vilnius University.
Emilija Švobaitė – senior lawyer at the professional association of lawyers “ReLex” and one of the founders of the organisation “Border Group” (“Sienos Grupė”). The “Border Group” provides humanitarian aid to persons stuck at the border, accompanies them through migration processes and conducts advocacy. Emilija is also the president of the May 1st Labor Union (G1PS), which represents foreigners regardless of their legal status.
Renata Kuleš – representative of the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in Lithuania. Renata Kuleš has been representing the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in Lithuania for 15 years.
Dr. Milda Ališauskienė, professor of sociology at Vytautas Magnus University and coordinator of the National Human Rights Forum.
Dr. Laurynas Biekša is a lawyer and academician (associate professor at the Institute of International and European Union Law at Mykolas Romeris University), practising and conducting legal research in the fields of asylum, migration and human rights for over 20 years.
Dr. Dainius Pūras is a consultant for the Human Rights Monitoring Institute, professor of the Faculty of Medicine of Vilnius University, consultant physician of Vilnius University Hospital. Dainius Pūras has extensive international experience in the field of human rights. He was a member of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (2007-2011), UN Special Rapporteur on the right to health (2014-2020), Chairman of the UN Coordination Committee of Special Procedures (2018-2019).
Daiva Žeimytė-Bilienė is a journalist, presenter. Areas of interest include human rights, politics, geopolitics, state management, society.
Jolanta Kryževičienė is a culture journalist, editor and host of LRT radio cultural shows, moderator of creative evenings and panel discussions. In 2014 she got the LRT “Kalbos grynuolis” award, in 2016 she was awarded the Ministry of Culture’s badge of honour.
Kristina Kazlauskaitė is a Lithuanian theater and television actress, a bard, a well-known public figure, who speaks openly about aging.
In 2014, Marius Čiuželis together with Kristina Čiuželiene established a charity and support fund with a mission to strengthen the emotional well-being of older people. One of the most famous projects of the fund is the “Silver Line” – free of charge helpline which provides an opportunity for lonely older people to have a telephone friend with whom they can regularly talk about various topics, discuss current affairs or just chat.
Ignas Kozlovas is the creative director and partner of the creative agency “Nebraska”. He is a design expert with an exceptional approach and innovative work methods, recognized and appreciated for logic in creativity and systematic approach in design. Having collected the most important industry awards and more than 20 years of experience in major Lithuanian advertising agencies, I. Kozlovas is a frequent speaker and jury member at Lithuanian and international design festivals and conferences.
Renata Vanagėlienė is a lawyer working at the Office of the Equal Opportunities Ombudsperson. R. Vanagėlienė is experienced in investigating complaints about discrimination and harassment based on age, nationality, citizenship and other grounds. Together with her colleagues, she conducted an independent review of the situation of age-based discrimination in Lithuania.
Živilė Kropaitė-Basiulė is an LRT journalist and show host.
Justinas Žilinskas is a Professor at Mykolas Romeris University Law School.
Mindaugas Jackevičius is the editor-in-chief of lrt.lt and the anchor of the television show “Topic of the Day” (Lith. “Dienos tema”) at the Lithuanian national television and the radio section “LRT News Studio” (Lith. “LRT aktualijų studija”) at the Lithuanian national radio. He specializes in the topics of politics, emigration, human rights, social policy and education.
Arūnas Valinskas is a Member of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania, Member of the Seimas Committee on Human Rights, Chairman of the Commission for the Impeachment of Remigijus Žemaitaitis.
Karolis Vyšniauskas is the editor of the NARA.lt podcast and author of its texts. His texts and audio stories that analyze the state of human rights and democracy have also been published in The Wall Street Journal, Vice, Deutsche Welle, Harvard University’s media research journal Nieman Reports, and on LRT radio.
Viktorija Čmilytė-Nielsen is the Speaker of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania.