Migration office urges Lithuanians to abandon their nationality

The matter of spelling names and surnames, especially problematic for families where one parent is a Lithuanian citizen and another is a foreigner, is getting worse. Lithuanian politicians cannot find common ground in the bill. Courts investigate several dozens of cases pledging w, x and q letters in the population register. Migration office is doing…

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EFHR hosting a discussion ‘United or divided: racial discrimination in Lithuania’

On 23rd of March European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) organized a discussion called ‘United or divided: racial discrimination in Lithuania’. Agnieszka Malinauskaitė, the administrator of EFHR, introduced activities of the Foundation recalling about giving the unpaid legal support, about the campaign against hate speech and discrimination by cooperating with Equal Opportunities Ombudsman, organizing trainings…

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EFHR has been with you already for 7 years – help us grow

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) is actively acting towards human rights. In 2016 we organized a lot of trainings for school pupils, students, companies and seniors. We also organized two international conferences on national minorities and spelling of names and surnames. We are continuously working towards prevention of hate speech by developing social…

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The final verdict – letter ‘w’ in identity card

Today the Supreme Administrative Court of Lithuania issued final and not debatable rule on the inscription of the letter ‘w’ in Lithuanian passport and identity card in the case of Wardyn. The surname of Wardyn is well known as one of the first families who started to fight for the original spelling of proper names…

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Juridical nihilism continues – ‘x’ in documents issued by Lithuania

This week the Supreme Administrative Court of Lithuania issued two final rules on the spelling of proper names – in the cases of Jacquet and Mickiewicz the court obliged to incorporate in children’s passports their proper names in Lithuanian as well as in original language. This court’s decision created an ambiguous situation – the inscription…

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Kaunas Regional Administrative Court said “yes” for “w”

On 23 February 2017 the Kaunas Regional Administrative Court referred to the case of the refusal to issue children with Lithuanian passports with the letter “w” in the Migration Office. The court ruled that Lithunian passports with the surname “Wade” must be issued to juveniles. The court acknowledged that petitioner’s family faces many problems. Documents…

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One more achievement in case of writing original surname

European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) is happy for the new achievement. On 2017 January 16 Vilnius Country Court obliged Vilnius City Register Office to change the surname of the petitioner by giving a new marriage certificate with the letter w in it. As the application states, Vilnius City Register Office’s refusal to change the…

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New achievement in the case of proper names spelling

On 3 February, 2017 the district court of Kaišiadoriai obligated the Civil Registry office (municipality’s administration) of the area of Kaišiadoriai to issue a new marriage certificate which includes the letter ‘w’. During the analysis of the case, the court considered the clarifying of the Court of Justice of the European Union and factual circumstances…

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CERD concluding observations on Lithuania

The Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) is a body of independent experts, which monitors implementation of the United Nation’s Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination by periodic country report procedure. On 6 January 2016, the CERD released its concluding observations on the combined sixth to eighth periodic reports…

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Trainings on human rights in public institutions

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…

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EFHR encourages ZIS Foundation Travel Grant applicants

Every year the German ZIS Foundation grants scholarships to young people aged between 16-20 who have not yet started studying at university. Young people from around the world have the opportunity to apply for €600 to carry out a project abroad on a freely chosen subject they are interested in. The participant must make the…

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EFHR concerned about the lack of knowledge regarding human rights protection

At the request of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Lithuania (RL) (Lietuvos Respublikos Teisingumo Ministerija), public opinion research about knowledge on human rights protection was carried out in 2014. According to the research only 21% of the respondents believe that they are educated enough to protect their rights, 34% of the respondents stated that they…

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Invitation to submit abstracts to CELA

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) would like to inform you about an upcoming conference, organized by the Civic Education Lecturers Association (CELA). CELA is calling for the submission of abstracts for the Second International Conference on the State of Civic Education in Post-Soviet Countries: from Formal to Informal Practices. The main aim of…

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ECMI Summer School 2016

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) would like to inform you about the 2016 European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI) Summer School.  The summer school, in partnership with the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv, Ukraine, will offer an intensive training programme on minority issues. The one week course, which will run between 29 August…

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European Voluntary Service offers amazing opportunities!

Are you between the ages of 18 and 30? Do you like new challenges? Would you like to learn more about another country and culture while completing an internship to increase your skills? If the answer to these questions is yes then you should consider taking part in an EVS project. The European Voluntary Service…

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