CJEU: Unemployed Persons Are Entitled to Family Benefits

On 7th of February, 2019, Court of Justice of the European Union has issued a judgment, stating that under EU law it is not necessary that a person pursue an activity as an employed person in a Member State in order to be entitled to family benefits in respect of his children living in another…

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The European Court of Justice: Good Friday is for everyone

Granting Good Friday paid leave or holiday supplements only those workers belonging to a particular religion is discriminatory, according to The European Court of Justice. In the judgment of January 22nd of 2019, the Court finds that national legislation, under which, first, Good Friday is a public holiday only for employees who are members of…

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New intern at the European Foundation of Human Rights

Elisa is native to the south of France, and is a new volunteer at the EFHR for 5 months. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Modern Applied Languages (English and Spanish) with an emphasis in communication, she decided to start a Master’s degree in European studies and international relations. She also had the opportunity…

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Is the acceptance of every child into minority kindergartens enough?

Kindergartens with Polish and Russian language accepted more children than there were applications received (according to the first priority). During the additional recruitment, children were accepted to additional and other (free) spots, that were declared last summer. According to statistics obtained from the Vilnius Municipality, from 500 applications received, 607 children were accepted to kindergarten…

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Signs of gender discrimination still appear in job offers

European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) constantly monitors job advertisements online and together with the Equal Opportunities Ombudsman’s Office have been fighting against discriminatory job offers. Unfortunately, no positive changes have been noted – still some of the employers discriminate on the basis of gender or age, which significantly decreases potential candidates’ chances for employment.…

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Court ruled – the bilingual street signs do not breach law. What’s next?

On 23rd of January the Supreme Administrative Court of Lithuania has issued a ruling on the bilingual street signs. This ruling therefore resolved long-lasting dispute between Vilnius Municipality and Government of the Republic of Lithuania. In 2016, during the celebration of a Language Day, Mayor Remigijus Šimašius unveiled street signs in Polish (Warsaw Street) and…

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Lecture on hate speech at John Paul II gymnasium

Lawyers of the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) were invited to give a lecture to the students of John Paul II gymnasium on Wednesday, January 23rd of 2019 about human rights and hate speech on the Internet. They tackled the general fields and areas of the Foundation’s work regarding human rights and hate speech,…

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Courts still close the loopholes caused by legislature

In 2014 Constitutional Court noted that in some cases non-Lithuanian names and surnames can be registered not only by means of Lithuanian language characters, but also using characters of the Latin alphabet. Nevertheless, the current legislation states that in the official documents of citizens of Lithuania names and surnames are to be spelled by means…

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Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities: The Fourth Opinion on Lithuania

On 8th of January, 2019 Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities published recommendations regarding implementation of the Framework Convention for the protection of national minorities in Lithuania. The Advisory Committee‘s recommendations included, among others, remarks concerning negative attitudes against Roma community, original spelling of names and surnames, unified Lithuanian…

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Newest intern at EFHR – Lorena

Starting from January 2019, Lorena Mosharof is joining the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) as an intern for 3 months. As a second year Master’s student of Communication and Anthropology with special focus on development and transnational issues at the University of Bonn in Germany, Lorena is particularly interested in post-Soviet studies and political…

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Courts decision: “x” eligible for marriage certificate

On 8th of December 2018 District Court of Vilnius City issued a decision regarding the original spelling of names and surnames. The Applicant married a citizen of Lichtenstein and took his surname “Marxer”. However, The Vilnius Registrar’s Office (USC) rejected the addition of the surname with “x” to the records. In the decision, the Court…

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Discussion at the National Human Rights Forum

On December 10th of 2018, marking the International Human Rights Day, the National Forum on Human Rights (NFHR) was held in Vilnius for the first time. This year discussions focused on the theme of opportunities. During the Forum specialists of various fields disscused the situation of human rights in Lithuania, also welcomed the public to…

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Public figures give thoughts on Human Rights Day

Human Rights Day is celebrated every year on 10 December since the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. The ratification of the document enabled laws and policies to embrace human rights, which to this day made us freer. This year, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights marks its…

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International Volunteer Day: EFHR’ s experience at the animal shelter

Every year, on the 5th December, we celebrate the International Volunteer Day (IVD), an international observance adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1985. The aim of this day is to recognise the important role played by thousands of volunteers and organisations that every day dedicate their time, passion and skills to make the…

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Lecture on human rights at Vilnius Salininkai gymnasium

On Monday, December 3rd of 2018 representatives of the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) visited the Vilnius Salininkai gymnasium, where they delivered a lecture to pupils from 7 to 11 grades and their teachers on human rights and hate speech. Foundation’s lawyer Monika Guliakaitė briefly outlined the activities of the Foundation, key areas for…

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Additional financial support for national minority schools

2018 November 13 The Minister of Education and Science of the Republic of Lithuania, Jurgita Petrauskienė, adopted an order confirming the list of schools that will receive education vouchers – targeted funds to improve educational achievements of pupils. A total of 180 schools of general education have been selected. Over two years, schools will receive…

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Decision by the french court on the original spelling of personal names

An appeals court in Brittany (France) ruled that personal identification documents may contain the name Fañch’s original spelling – with the symbol ñ, overturning an earlier decision that the name could not be officially registered because the letter did not exist in French. Although the Breton language has no status of an official language, while…

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