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...
EFHR visits Money Museum

EFHR visits Money Museum

Posted on April 06, 2016
The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) staff and volunteers visited the Money Museum of Lithuania on Tuesday 29 March 2016. Our European Voluntary Service (EVS) volunteers Aneta Maciejewska and Leah Nedahl as well as Erasmus + intern Przemysław Ogrodnik thoroughly enjoyed the trip. The tour was very interesting and gave our volunteers a great overview of the history of money, as well as the evolution of banking and money in Lithuania. Visitors can learn about the interesting history of money (for example: did you know that the first currencies were cattle and seashells?) and see a...
Restriction of liberty for 17 hateful comments

Restriction of liberty for 17 hateful comments

Posted on April 05, 2016
www.delfi.lt (R.Achmedovo nuotr.) The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) is continuing its fight against hate speech on the Internet. An inhabitant of Kaunas, A. G. (a working, married man with an academic degree), has been convicted of a record number of comments (17), in which he incited hatred and encouraged physical violence. The Kaunas District Court (Kauno miesto apylinkės teismas) issued a criminal order for A.G. On the basis of the petitions filed by a specialist from the Office of the Inspectorate of Journalist Ethics (Žurnalistų etikos inspektoriaus tarnyba), the court...
Polish version of Vilnius municipality website created in cooperation with EFHR

Polish version of Vilnius municipality website created in cooperation with EFHR

Posted on April 03, 2016
www.vilnius.lt Thanks to cooperation between EFHR and Vilnius City, which aims at supporting national minorities residing in Vilnius, a Polish version of the local government website vilnius.lt has been launched. EFHR gladly undertakes all activities that are intended to improve communication between the local authorities, national minorities and foreigners. Since August 2015 EFHR has provided information to all clients in four languages: Lithuanian, Polish, Russian and English. Recently another step was taken — a Polish and Russian language version of the website was launched. This was...
Human rights in business — the challenges and good practice

Human rights in business — the challenges and good practice

Posted on April 01, 2016
On 31 March 2016 The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) shared the knowledge and practical examples from the field of human rights in business with the members of Lithuanian Responsible Business Association (LAVA, Lietuvos atsakingo verslo asociacija). The training was carried out by the assistant attorney Evelina Baliko, a representative of EFHR. Speech titled ”Protection of human rights in the business: what is important and why? How business contributes to the protection of human rights. Problems in Lithuania and the greatest challenges” familiarized participants with legal...
Europe Day – Poster Competition

Europe Day – Poster Competition

Posted on March 31, 2016
Europe Day is an annual celebration of peace and unity in Europe which takes place every year on the 9th of May. Although Europe and the European Union as a whole is facing some serious challenges, we must demonstrate that our common values, such as diversity and respect for human rights, are more important than ever and should not be forgotten! Europe Day is a great occasion to celebrate these values and send a message of positivity to the world. The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) will organize various events for this occasion – and we would like to involve you! We want to...
EFHR to attend 20th Anniversary at The Hague

EFHR to attend 20th Anniversary at The Hague

Posted on March 29, 2016
The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) will attend an upcoming event to mark the 20th Anniversary of The Hague Recommendations Regarding the Education Rights of National Minorities. EFHR’s Assistant Attorney Ewelina Baliko will attend the event, which will take place from 20 April – 21 April 2016. The conference is organized by OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities Astrid Thors. This year – 2016 – is the 20th anniversary of the launch of The Hague Recommendations Regarding the Education Rights of National Minorities. The two-day event is taking place to celebrate...
Forced surname change at 11 years of age

Forced surname change at 11 years of age

Posted on March 24, 2016
On the June 2004 a child was born into a family in Lithuania. This child was given the original surname of his father – which includes the letter q. The original surname of the child did not cause any problems when issuing the birth certificate and the passport of the Republic of Lithuania in 2004. For 11 years the child was raised in Lithuania and identified by his original surname (with a letter q) at school, on school certificates,  at the bank when a bank card was issued, in health care institutions and in his private life, as well as among his friends and family. In 2014, following...
Invitation to submit abstracts to CELA

Invitation to submit abstracts to CELA

Posted on March 23, 2016
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 the conference, which will be held on May 20-21 in Tbilisi, Georgia, is to invite educators, researchers, policy-makers, practitioners, and other interested individuals to explore theoretical frameworks related to civic education,...
ECMI Summer School 2016

ECMI Summer School 2016

Posted on March 22, 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 and 4 September 2016, will provide participants with a thorough knowledge of minority issues and cover a variety of topics – from the history of minority rights and international law to political participation and non-discrimination...
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