Non-Governmental Organisations

CANDIDATE FOR THE POST OF VICE-CHAIR OF THE
HUMAN RIGHTS COMMITTEE
OF THE CONFERENCE OF INGOs
(Election 26 June 2014)

PRESENTATION

Eugenie TRÜTZSCHLER VON FALKENSTEIN

Position in the INGO

Member of the Board of Trustees

Full title and acronym of the INGO

International Institute for Ethnic Group Rights and Regionalism (INTEREG)

Year participatory status was granted to the INGO

1986

Date of birth

08/07/1950

Nationality

Czech, German

Working languages

English, German

MOTIVATION

From personal experience I know what it means when human rights are violated and how important it is to find help as a refugee abroad.

At the time when I was born in Prague in 1950, both my grandfathers and my parents for political reasons were not allowed to work. In 1967 I emigrated to the Federal Republic of Germany. Here I was fully supported by German authorities and people. This enabled me not only to train as a nurse but also to study and graduate at university.

As a teacher of German for Greek and Turkish children in Bavaria, I got familiar with the two languages, the countries and the different mentalities. I learned that it can be hard to live as a Kurd in Turkey or as a Greek in Turkey or as a Turk in Greece.

Working in the administration of the Thuringian Government from 1990 onwards and being responsible for international regional co-operation I had the possibility to put into practice the theoretical knowledge about the problems of minority rights which I had acquired during my studies of history and political science.

Besides this work I initiated and implemented German-Czech school projects dealing with the violation of human rights in communism. This issue and the rights of minorities are also focal points of my seminars at the Charles University in Prague and the Technical University of Ilmenau.

Based on my biography and my experiences, I would like to contribute to the implementation of human rights, in particular to the rights of minorities, as laid down in the charters of the Council of Europe. People should no more fear governmental disadvantages if they commit themselves to their identity.