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...
EFHR victory in the fight against hate speech

EFHR victory in the fight against hate speech

Posted on July 11, 2016
On May 19, 2016, the District Court in Panevezys adjudicated in a criminal case in which Lithuanian citizen V. S. was found guilty of incitement to hatred on the website lrytas.lt. Currently, the convicted man is unemployed, divorced, has secondary education and lives in Panevezys. V. S. was indicted for writing seven comments inciting to hatred and physical violence. The District Court in Panevezys decided that the comments posted on the website by V. S. publicly humiliate and defame individuals of Russian origin, incite to hatred and discrimination against Russians, by describing them as...
Court’s decision: “w” is to be written in the Lithuanian’s passport

Court’s decision: “w” is to be written in the Lithuanian’s passport

Posted on July 04, 2016
On 4th July 2016 the Vilnius Regional Administrative Court adopted the definitive ruling regarding the original spelling of first and last names. The court obliged the Migration Board to write the letter “w” in the citizen’s of the Republic of Lithuania (RL) passport. The court stated, “The decision of the Migration Board in which it refused to accept the official request for the issuance (change) of the ID card in the “Pauwels” name is unlawful and unjustified, as, pursuant to the new marriage certificate that has been issued, the petitioner’s surname has been changed from...
One More Victory Regarding Original Spelling of First and Last Names

One More Victory Regarding Original Spelling of First and Last Names

Posted on July 01, 2016
On 1st July the Vilnius City District Court adopted a ruling in which it obliged the Registry Office to issue a new marriage certificate with the surname “Weston” written with the original “w” for a Lithuanian woman who married a citizen of New Zealand. It is the fifth won court case already concerning the written form of the letter “w” in the surname in which the Vilnius City District Court adopts the consistent approach, highlighting that the refusal of writing the letter “w” would cause administrative, personal, and professional nuisances to the petitioner, forcing her to...
EFHR’s ‘Application of international and European Union law in cases of discrimination in Lithuania’ training session has taken place

EFHR’s ‘Application of international and European Union law in cases of discrimination in Lithuania’ training session has taken place

Posted on June 30, 2016
For the past five years, the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) has been offering free of charge legal advice concerning human rights violations. We have also been organizing training sessions in the same field. On the 29th of June 2016, EFHR organized a free course entitled ‘Application of international and European Union law in cases of discrimination in Lithuania’. Held in the auditorium of the College of Social Studies, the training session on the implementation of international law was conducted by Ewelina Baliko, an EFHR legal assistant who also conducts workshops on...
EFHR’s Visit to the Campanile of St John’s Church

EFHR’s Visit to the Campanile of St John’s Church

Posted on June 29, 2016
Last Friday (17.06.2016) the EFHR team – both staff and volunteers – enjoyed an afternoon excursion to the campanile of St John’s Church in Vilnius Old Town. Our European Voluntary Service (EVS) volunteers Aneta Maciejewska and Leah Nedahl as well as interns Gabrielė Račaitytė and Karina Gędłek thoroughly enjoyed their visit to the highest building in the Old Town. After climbing the 193 wooden steps to the top of the church, we were rewarded with spectacular panoramic views of the city. Closer to terra firma, we were also all fascinated by another highlight of the church:...
EFHR training course on “International and EU law implementation in cases of discrimination in Lithuania”

EFHR training course on “International and EU law implementation in cases of discrimination in Lithuania”

Posted on June 23, 2016
EFHR invites you to attend our training course on “International and EU law implementation in cases of discrimination in Lithuania” The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR), providing free legal assistance in cases related to discrimination of human rights, would like to invite you to attend a training session introducing “International and EU law implementation in discrimination cases in Lithuania”. The session, which is completely free, will be held on Wednesday 29th of June 2016. The training day will be led by legal assistant Evelina Baliko, who holds discrimination...
Another win. Courts agree — ”w” has the right to exist

Another win. Courts agree — ”w” has the right to exist

Posted on June 22, 2016
On 22nd June 2016 Vilnius City District Court issued a ruling which obliges the Registry Office to change the spelling of surname of Lithuanian resident with Polish nationality to its original form — from ”Vardyn” to ”Wardyn” — and issue a new birth certificate. This is the second case won by the Wardyn family — 12 April 2016 Vilnius City District Court obliged the Registery Office to write ”w” in the surname of the first Wardyn family child — son Michał. More about son’s win here. The Court decided that ”current legal regulations do not allow to sufficiently meet...
EFHR competition in honour of the 20th anniversary of EVS - Results

EFHR competition in honour of the 20th anniversary of EVS – Results

Posted on June 21, 2016
The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) organized a Facebook competition on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the European Voluntary Service (EVS). We invited participants to write a text/poem/song/anything at all promoting EVS and encouraging young people to participate in an EVS programme! We received entries in both English and Lithuanian. We decided to give 1st place to Renata Maželytė for her poem (written in Lithuanian):     Labas rytas, kaip gyveni? Ką veikinėji, kur esi? Dienos vis bėga, laikas nestoja, Ar jį prasmingai Tu išnaudoji? Norėčiau Tau...
EFHR encourages ZIS Foundation Travel Grant applicants

EFHR encourages ZIS Foundation Travel Grant applicants

Posted on June 20, 2016
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 journey alone, and the place of departure should be that of their residence. The foundation’s aim is to enable youths to acquire practical skills related to their field of interest according to their own plan, broaden their knowledge in a new environment, discover...
EFHR Europos Parkas Excursion

EFHR Europos Parkas Excursion

Posted on June 19, 2016
Staff and volunteers from the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) office enjoyed a visit to Europos Parkas on Friday 10th June 2016. Our European Voluntary Service (EVS) volunteers Aneta Maciejewska and Leah Nedahl as well as new interns Gabrielė Račaitytė and Karina Gędłek thoroughly enjoyed the office excursion. We spent the afternoon walking all around the 50 hectare park, which was determined by the French National Geographic Institute to be the centre-point of the European continent in 1989. The park, which is just 17km from Vilnius, is an open-air contemporary art museum,...
Discriminative criteria of hiring employees - recent warnings for employers

Discriminative criteria of hiring employees – recent warnings for employers

Posted on June 14, 2016
In 2015, the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR), together with the Service of the Spokesman for Equal Opportunities (furtherly referred to as: Service), prepared a guide through the non-discriminating job offers. This hands-on document is intended for employers and prompts them on how to rightly formulate job offers, without infringing the Act for the equal treatment of women and men and the Act for equal treatment. Despite the steps to raise the awareness of both employers and employees, taken by the EFHR and the Service, it still happens that some job offers qualify age, sex, or...
New EFHR trainee

New EFHR trainee

Posted on June 13, 2016
Gabrielė Račaitytė is a third year student at Vilnius University Institute of International Relations and Political Science (VU TSPMI). Originally from Kaunas, Gabrielė moved to Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, following graduation to study Political Science. As travelling is one of Gabriele’s major passions she is always looking for new opportunities to see as much of the world as possible. Recently, she had the chance to participate in an Erasmus + project in Lyons, France. To live in  one of the biggest cities in France was an amazing experience – and not only because of the...
EFHR Competition to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of EVS

EFHR Competition to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of EVS

Posted on June 09, 2016
Source: www.europa.eu The European Voluntary Service (EVS) is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year! To honour this special occasion the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) is inviting YOU to take part in our Facebook competition! Thanks to EVS, over the last 20 years young people have had the opportunity to volunteer abroad, contribute to a cause they believe in and support the work of NGOs, youth centres, cultural centres and local communities! This is what we want to know from you: How would you convince a young person to take part in an EVS project abroad? You can write a...
New intern at the European Foundation of Human Rights

New intern at the European Foundation of Human Rights

Posted on June 06, 2016
Karina Gędłek is a student at the United World College in Armenia. In 2015 she was given the opportunity to continue her education in an international environment that welcomes students from over 70 countries. Living and communicating with people from all over the world has helped her to understand the huge variety of perspectives that can be found. It has also helped her to explore concepts in politics and to familiarize herself with different problems faced by people all over the world – especially issues concerning rights. Karina was born in Wrocław, and it was there that her...
Europe Day Poster Gallery at the European Commission Representation in Vilnius

Europe Day Poster Gallery at the European Commission Representation in Vilnius

Posted on May 27, 2016
We are pleased to announce that a number of the posters from our recent EFHR Europe Day competition have been chosen to go on display in a gallery at the Information Centre of the European Commission Representation in Vilnius (Gedimino pr. 16). The exhibition consists of a selection of the poster competition entries, and includes the entry from the Over 13s category winner Ivona Gilevska, (Vilniaus Rajono Kyviškių pagrindinė mokykla), as well as Under 13s winner Gabija Kaulakytė (Kaišiadorių kultūros centras). You can also see the winning entry of our Facebook-favourite voting...
US Department of State reports on minority rights violations in Lithuania

US Department of State reports on minority rights violations in Lithuania

Posted on May 25, 2016
The US Department of State has released its annual report on Lithuania. The Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor is the department responsible for the Country Report on Human Rights Practices for 2015 in Lithuania. Like a number of previous reports mentioned by EFHR, this document has drawn attention to discrimination in relation to national minorities living in Lithuania. The department, which is responsible for the country’s international relations, diplomatic missions and foreign policy, considered the governmental attitude in Lithuania regarding international and non-governmental...
Presentations for Europe Day

Presentations for Europe Day

Posted on May 18, 2016
Ivona Gilevska, Vilniaus Rajono Kyviškių pagrindinė mokykla On the 10th and 11th of May 2016 our European Voluntary Service (EVS) volunteers gave two presentations about the European Union and European values for Europe Day (which is celebrated on the 9th May). Aneta Maciejewska and Leah Nedahl visited a day care centre, which is a part of SOS vaikų kaimai Lietuvoje (SOS Children’s Villages). The centre is a place for young people and children, especially those who are disadvantaged and at risk of social exclusion, to spend their time. About 15 people aged between 7 and 15...
Europe Day – Poster Competition Results

Europe Day – Poster Competition Results

Posted on May 11, 2016
Over 13 category – winners In order to celebrate and promote Europe Day on the 9th of May, the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) organized a poster competition. The subject of the works, which were created by using various artistic techniques, was Europe Day, the European Union, European values and diversity.  The interest in the competition went above and beyond our expectations – we received 117 fantastic posters! It has been really difficult, but we have finally chosen the winners! On the basis of the variety of entries we received, we decided to create two age...
'The Spelling of Names and Surnames – Challenges and Decisions' Conference

‘The Spelling of Names and Surnames – Challenges and Decisions’ Conference

Posted on May 06, 2016
On the 13th of May in the Council Chamber of the City of Vilnius’ local government, the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) is organizing a conference titled “The Spelling of Names and Surnames – Challenges and Decisions.” The aim of the conference is to provide an overview of Lithuanian law in regard to the spelling of names and surnames, as well as the latest court practice (with a focus on the “Pauwels” and “Wardyn” cases). Possible solutions will also form part of the discussion. During previous parliamentary sessions, Members of Parliament have failed to reach...
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