Courts' challange to the newly elected Seimas – 'x' and 'w'

Courts’ challange to the newly elected Seimas – ‘x’ and ‘w’

Posted on November 29, 2016
On 10 October 2016, the Vilnius Courts posed challenge to the newly elected Seimas repeatedly acknowledging the right to privacy, free movement of persons and original spelling of names and surnames. Upon the hearing the case of the great-great grandson of Adam Mickiewicz, the Vilnius Regional Administrative Court decided to annul the decision of the Migration Board to refuse the issuing the passport for the minor Alexia Gorecki-Mickiewicz and obliged to issue a new one following the original spelling of her name and surname. Alexia has been already living in Lithuania for eleven years and...
International Human Rights Day – new artistic competition for pupils

International Human Rights Day – new artistic competition for pupils

Posted on November 29, 2016
In celebration of the International Human Rights Day on the 10th of December, the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) would like to announce a creative art competition for 5th to 8th grade pupils and for 9th to 12th grade pupils. The topic of the competition for pupils from 5th until 8th grade is “We are all different, but we are all equal”, for pupils from 9th until 12th grade the topic is “Stand up for someone’s rights”. Based on these topics, the pupils are asked to use their imagination and become creative by creating an artwork. So artworks could consist of ideas on a...
Joanna is a new volunteer from Poland

Joanna is a new volunteer from Poland

Posted on November 11, 2016
Joanna Andrecka is a third year student of law at the University of Lodz In Poland. Currently she is studying at the Vilnius University, as a part of the six-month Erasmus exchange.  In the course of her studies, she had an opportunity to be acquainted with the broad spectrum of law areas that is implied on this field of study. However this student is interested the most in the civil law branch, patent law, protection of intellectual and industrial property rights and also in mediations. What is more, recently she focused on the Human Rights in the European Union as well. One of the subjects...
International Day Against Fascism and Antisemitism

International Day Against Fascism and Antisemitism

Posted on November 10, 2016
On Wednesday 09th of November, an historical day in two ways, the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) held a small conference about the prevention of fascism, hatred and discrimination. The event was held due to the International Day Against Fascism and Antisemitism and it took place at the Contemporary Art Center (CAC) in Vilnius. The Event, organized by Maximilian Gallo, an intern of the EFHR, was opened by his presentation concerning with the reconnection of Human Rights and Human Thinking and its connection to issues of repressive discrimination. The presentation created the...
EFHR hosted a conference on minority rights

EFHR hosted a conference on minority rights

Posted on October 31, 2016
On Friday 28th of October, the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) gathered participants to its annual conference on national minorities. The title of the conference was “The Rights and Expectations of National Minorities in the Context of Lithuanian and International Law”. The event took place in Vilnius municipality building at Konstitucijos ave. 3 We were glad to acknowledge that more people participated in this year’s conference than previous year, when the conference was held for the first time. This year, the conference room was full to the last seat. The conference not...
EFHR invites to the Conference on the Overview of National Minorities Rights in Lithuania

EFHR invites to the Conference on the Overview of National Minorities Rights in Lithuania

Posted on October 19, 2016
The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) invites to the International Conference entitled “The Rights and Expectations of National Minorities in the Context of  Lithuanian and International Law” to be held on 28 October, 2016 to discuss situation of national minority rights. The Conference will provide an opportunity to present the current social and demographic situation of national minorities in the Republic of Lithuania (Lithuania) and the level of minority rights protection in terms of international obligations. During the Conference participants will discuss and assess draft...
The EFHR continued campaigning against hate speech at the Vilnius International School

The EFHR continued campaigning against hate speech at the Vilnius International School

Posted on October 17, 2016
Friday 14th of October was another great day in campaigning against hate speech. The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) representatives Ewelina Baliko and Maximilian Gallo were entitled to give a lecture on hate speech crimes at the Vilnius International School. The lecture tackled many important questions such as: what is hate speech, how to identify it and what kind of legal procedure and sanctions might the perpetrators face. Also, discrimination in job advertising was shortly discussed. The lecture was everything but a monologue. The event was highly interactive as the pupils were...
A new Intern at the EFHR from Germany

A new Intern at the EFHR from Germany

Posted on October 10, 2016
Maximilian Gallo studies cultural studies and cultural politics in international comparison at the University of Hildesheim. With the Bachelor Plus Program he will spend two semesters in Vilnius, working as an intern for four month and studying at the Vilnius University for one semester. Working on research projects in Uganda, the Netherlands and for art institutions in Germany, he mixes the different abilities and experiences he gained during his work with his academic interests. As a project manager for the city municipality of Kassel, Germany, he finished a project, which enables people...
The EFHR welcomes a new intern from Finland

The EFHR welcomes a new intern from Finland

Posted on October 07, 2016
Heikki Aho is a Constitutional Law student at the University of Tampere, Finland. As a last year student, he is hoping to contribute especially to the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) legal activities. Heikki is particularly interested in rights of national minorities. This is the field, he has also selected for his currently ongoing Master thesis. Within the thesis, he analyses and compares minority related case laws of the European Court of Human Rights and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. Heikki has gained some previous international experience while studying abroad. In...
EFHR meeting with the OSCE representative

EFHR meeting with the OSCE representative

Posted on October 06, 2016
On the 27th of September 2016 European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) met with the representative of the High Commissioner on National Minorities of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). The representative came to Lithuania with other representatives of  the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) for a mission to observe the parliamentary elections. It is not the first time EFHR has met with representatives of the OSCE...
Series of EFHR trainings in the field of introducing international law have finished

Series of EFHR trainings in the field of introducing international law have finished

Posted on October 03, 2016
On September 29 at Kazimieras Simonavičius University (Kazimiero Simonavičiaus Universitetas) European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) carried out a second part of training course in the field of introducing international law. Information concerning the first part of a training, related to applying international law and European Union law in the issues concerning discrimination in Lithuania, are available, among others, here. Training entitled “Freedom of speech: realization and limitations” was conducted by an attorney Evelina Davidavičiūtė. Within the training course were...
A new volunteer at EFHR

A new volunteer at EFHR

Posted on September 26, 2016
Karolina Bryk is a second year European Studies student of bachelor degree at the University of Warsaw. The European union fields, which interest her the most, are international cooperation and European union founds, which help to downscale economic inequality between member states. Her curriculum includes such subjects: political science, economics, legal sciences, therefore she decided to do her internship in our foundation, to use already obtained knowledge in practice. One of leading subject, which Karolina learned during her studies was law, both international and European. She is...
EFHR invites you to attend free of charge training course on„ Freedom of speech: realization and limitations”

EFHR invites you to attend free of charge training course on„ Freedom of speech: realization and limitations”

Posted on September 19, 2016
The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) which for 5 years has been providing free legal assistance in cases related to infringement of human rights, on 29th of September invites for free training entitled “Freedom of speech: realization and limitations”. It will be the second part of training- the first, held in June was dedicated to application of the international law and the European Union law about the discrimination in Lithuania, more info you can find here and here. The training course will be conducted by attorney Evelina Davidavičiūtė who has been working in her...
EFHR is continuing its fight against incitement to hatred

EFHR is continuing its fight against incitement to hatred

Posted on September 14, 2016
DELFI (T.Vinicko nuotr.) On 15th of March 2016 on lrytas website appeared an article entitled: “ Confusion in Russia: Revolt against annexation of Crimea” (lit.: “„Rusijoje – sujudimas: įsiutino aneksuoto Krymo klausimas“), below which, the same day, a person under the nickname “DEBILAI RUSKELIAI” posted a comment: “atomic on your head, not on Crimea” (lit.:” „atomine jums ant galvos o ne kryma“). According to European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR), the comment left under the article incited hatred in terms of national identity. Prosecutor’s office in Kaunas...
EFHR invites you to the conference “Jurisprudence in Central and Eastern Europe: Work in Progress 2016“

EFHR invites you to the conference “Jurisprudence in Central and Eastern Europe: Work in Progress 2016“

Posted on September 12, 2016
The Annual Conference of the Central and Eastern European Network of Jurisprudence (CEENJ), entitled “Jurisprudence in Central and Eastern Europe: Work in Progress 2016”, which is organized by the Faculty of Law, Mykolas Romeris University in collaboration with Lithuanian Bar Association, will be held for the first time in Lithuania on September 11-14, 2016 in MRU LAB, Didlaukio st. 55, Vilnius. The official conference language is English. This year the CEENJ conference is dedicated to the scientific contribution of Israel’s professor and justice Aharon Barak who was born in Lithuania...
Volunteering work by Arnoldas Ignatčikas

Volunteering work by Arnoldas Ignatčikas

Posted on September 05, 2016
Arnoldas Ignatčikas is an European Studies student at the Kaunas University of Technology. He is twenty one years old and has academic experience locally as well as internationally. He studied at RheinAhrCampus, Honschule Koblenz (University of Applied Sciences) in Remagen, Germany for one year. It was the most outstanding  time in his young life. Studying in a totally different geographical and academic environmental broadened his view and made him more flexible. It allowed him also to communicate with people who have different cultural backgrounds. Moreover, Arnoldas participated in the...
The EVS Project "Promote diversity, promote human rights" is about to end

The EVS Project “Promote diversity, promote human rights” is about to end

Posted on August 26, 2016
The project entitled “Promote diversity, promote human rights” which was realized with the partners from Poland (Bona Fides Civic Activity Association) and Great Britain (The English Law Students’ Association ELSA) in the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) is about to end. The aim of the project, realized within the Erasmus + program, was improving the level of education concerning the human rights and tolerance, as well as reducing the scale of prejudice among the Lithuanian society. We pursued those goals together with our volunteers: Leah from the UK and Aneta...
Trainings on human rights in public institutions

Trainings on human rights in public institutions

Posted on August 24, 2016
The awareness and knowledge of the human rights among the Lithuanians is weak. We wrote about it here. The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) wanted to know what actions do the public institutions take to raise awareness of human rights. EFHR asked them for information about the organized training courses on the subject of human rights. The situation among the public institutions seems to be a little better than at the universities – the trainings about human rights or subjects directly associated with them are organized. In the years 2012-2015, the Department of Public Service...
EFHR concerned about the lack of knowledge about the protection of human rights

EFHR concerned about the lack of knowledge about the protection of human rights

Posted on August 17, 2016
In 2014, on order of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Lithuania (Lietuvos Respublikos Teisingumo Ministerija) an opinion poll dedicated to research the level of knowledge about the protection of human rights was conducted. The study shows that only 21% of respondents believes that they have enough knowledge to protect their rights. 34% indicated that they do not have that knowledge at all. 30% of the answerers claimed that they would like to get more information regarding the human rights. The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) willing to examine the attitude of the...
EFHR invited to OSCE workshops

EFHR invited to OSCE workshops

Posted on July 14, 2016
On the 12th and 13th July the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) organized workshops in Vilnius devoted to tackling the issue of hate speech. The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) is pleased to have received the invitation from OSCE and was very pleased to be able to take part in the workshops. Ewelina Baliko represented EFHR at the workshops, during which crimes motivated by hate and discrimination were discussed. At the meeting, participants gained an in-depth knowledge of the problems faced when...
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