EFHR invites you to attend our “International and EU law implementation in cases of discrimination in Lithuania” Training Course

EFHR invites you to attend our “International and EU law implementation in cases of discrimination in Lithuania” Training Course

Posted on June 23, 2016
The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR), providing free legal assistance in cases of human rights abuses , would like to invite you to attend a training session introducing “International an EU law implementation in discrimination cases in Lithuania”. The session, which is completely free, will be held on 29th of June 2016. The training day will be led by attorney’s assistant Evelina Baliko, who holds trainings on the topic of discrimination for business representatives, represents EFHR at the international conferences. Therefore Evelina  represents families, litigating because...
EFHR competition for 20th anniversary of EVS - results

EFHR competition for 20th anniversary of EVS – results

Posted on June 21, 2016
European Foundation of Human Rights organized a Facebook competition on the occasion of 20th anniversary of European Voluntary Service (EVS). We invited the participants to write a text/poem/song/whatever they like,  promoting EVS and encouraging young people to participate in the programme! We received entries both in English and Lithuanian. We decided to reward  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 papasakot tai, Ką jau...
EFHR invites youth to carry out projects thanks to help from ZIS Foundation for Travel Grants

EFHR invites youth to carry out projects thanks to help from ZIS Foundation for Travel Grants

Posted on June 20, 2016
Every year the German ZIS Foundation grants scholarships to young people aged 16-20 who have not yet started studying at university. The youth 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 has to go on the journey alone, and the place of departure should be that of their residence. The foundation’s aim is to enable youth to acquire practical skills related to their field of interest according to their own plan, broaden their knowledge in a new environment, discover different...
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...
EFHR to take part in Europe Day exam

EFHR to take part in Europe Day exam

Posted on May 04, 2016
On Monday 9th May the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) will help to celebrate Europe Day by completing an online test about Europe. ‘The Europe Exam’ is a quiz about the European Union. Candidates will be faced with a set of questions of varying difficulty and these will be concerned with the development of the EU, its activities, the Member States, policies and news. This year, particular attention will be paid to young businesses and migration within Europe. This is a great opportunity for an EFHR employee or intern to be rewarded for their knowledge about...
EFHR took part in the SNPL’s Conference devoted to the rights of national minorities

EFHR took part in the SNPL’s Conference devoted to the rights of national minorities

Posted on May 03, 2016
wilnoteka.lt/Bartosz Frątczak From the 28th– 30th of April in Vilnius, The Association of Polish Academics in Lithuania (SNPL), together with the University of Bialystok Faculty of Economic-Informatics (Lithuania branch), and the Institute of National Security of the Pomeranian Academy in Slupsk organized an international, cross-disciplinary, scientific conference titled “National Minorities – an Opportunity, a Challenge, or a Threat to National Security” (see the full agenda). During the conference, the representative of the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR)...
”Dialogue of cultures or a source of conflicts —problematic aspects of national minorities in Europe” conference

”Dialogue of cultures or a source of conflicts —problematic aspects of national minorities in Europe” conference

Posted on April 28, 2016
On the 21st and 22nd of March 2016 at the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Warmia and Mazury (UWM) in Olsztyn, the Polish National Science Conference “Dialogue of cultures or a source of conflicts — problematic aspects of national minorities in Europe” took place. The conference was organized by the Institute of History and International Relations UWM in Olsztyn and the Scientific and International Relations Student Society “Inter Gentes”. The objective of the conference was to present and discuss the different aspects of issues of national minorities in Europe. The...
EFHR accounts on the conference on education rights of national minorities in the Hague

EFHR accounts on the conference on education rights of national minorities in the Hague

Posted on April 27, 2016
On the 20th and 21st April, the High Commissioner for National Minorities of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe organized a conference dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the Hague recommendations on the educational rights of national minorities. A month ago, during a meeting with representatives of the High Commissioner in Vilnius, the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) received a personal invitation to the conference. EFHR was represented by legal assistant Ewelina Baliko. During the conference, experts from the field of education, the NGO sector and...
EFHR concerned about the lack of knowledge regarding human rights protection

EFHR concerned about the lack of knowledge regarding human rights protection

Posted on April 21, 2016
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 lack such knowledge, and 30% indicated a desire to learn additional information on the topic of human rights. In order to research the way universities and state institutions treat the topic of raising awareness about human...
Understanding Human Rights - Workshop in Adam Mickiewicz Gymnasium

Understanding Human Rights – Workshop in Adam Mickiewicz Gymnasium

Posted on April 20, 2016
On Monday (18th April 2016) European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) EVS volunteers Aneta Maciejewska and Leah Nedahl gave a workshop at Vilnius’ Adam Mickiewicz Gymnasium. This is the first in a series of workshops being organized to familiarize young people with human rights and the topic of hate speech. The participants of the workshop were 10th grade students aged between 15 and 16 years of age. After a brief introduction about the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) and the European Voluntary Service (EVS) our volunteers encouraged the pupils to share what they know about...
"W" does not pose a threat to the Lithuanian language

“W” does not pose a threat to the Lithuanian language

Posted on April 14, 2016
The District Court of Vilnius has delivered a landmark ruling regarding the spelling of last names. For the first time the Court has bound the Vilnius registry office to include the letter ‘w’ in the civil status records of a child. At the same time there is a third judgement confirming that the rights of an individual need to be respected in Lithuania. More about the ruling adopted last year on the family name Pauwels can be found here. On 12 April the Vilnius City District Court issued a ruling in the Wardyn case. The family concerned has been fighting in the courts for the...
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