Lecture that summed up the project “Improving human rights qualifications within the field of International and European Union law”

On the 23rd of December 2010, in the Vilnius’ subsidiary of the University of Białystok, the last lecture from the “Improving human rights qualifications within the field of International and European Union law” project took place. The series of lectures was organized by the Association of Polish Lawyers in Lithuania in cooperation with the European Foundation…

How can the European Council help the national minorities?

On the 23rd of this month, the participants of the latest lecture, which is a part of the “Improving skills at human rights in terms of EU and international law” project, have gained new knowledge on human rights protection as part of the European Council.

The lecture, which took place at the University of Bialystok in Vilnius, triggered a gathering of a few tens of people interested in human rights and especially those of the national minorities.

For OSCE the protection of national minorities is a political matter

The conclusion was drawn by the participants of a lecture organized on December 1st within the framework of the project entitled „Improvement of the knowledge of human rights in international and European law”. The mechanism of cooperation between the countries within the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) is based on a belief…

Why is the protection of national minorities’ rights so important and needed?

The stages of development, dilemmas, catalogues of national minorities’ right – these were the topics in which new knowledge was gained by the participants of the lecture, which was the second part of lectures titled “Improving skills in human rights in terms of the EU and international law.

The lectures triggered a gathering of a few tens of people in the House of Polish Culture on the 20th of November this year, who came to improve their knowledge about human rights and especially those of the national minorities.

Within the OSCE the protection of national minorities in a part of the policy

This statement is the conclusion, to which the participants of the recent lecture have come, the lecture being a part of a bigger project called “Improving skills at human rights in terms of EU and international law”.

The system of cooperation between member states of the OSCE is based on the idea that if all member countries reach mutual agreement, it will ensure their peace and security and that forced regulations are practically ineffective. Making this idea the basis of its operation, the OSCE linked the idea of human rights to the concepts of international collaboration between states, regional security and international economic relations. OSCE documents, which only have a political meaning (called soft law) have a significant meaning in reality. Going against these soft law rules is unacceptable as would be breaking international law.

CASE OF NEKVEDAVIČIUS v. LITHUANIA – Application no. 1471/05 (2013)

Facts: The case concerns the ownership of a plot of land in the city centre of Kaunas, Lithuania. The plot was nationalised following the Soviet occupation in the 1940s. Ownership of the houses was attributed to Mr Nekvedavičius’ father’s former wife, who continued living there until ownership was transferred to third persons in the 1960s.…

CASE OF NOVIKAS v. LITHUANIA – Application no._45756/05 (2010)

Facts: The applicant, Andrejus Novikas, is a Lithuanian national. Following a report to the police by two witnesses, on April 1998 a pre-trial investigation was initiated regarding several crimes and on 28 April 1998 the applicant’s place of residence was searched. On September 1999 the applicant was officially informed of the accusations, questioned as an…

CASE OF PADALEVIČIUS v. LITHUANIA – Application no. 12278/03

Facts: The applicant, Juozas Padalevičius, is a Lithuanian national. The case concerned Mr Padalevičius’s complaint about the excessive length of civil litigation and about the annulment of the land-purchase agreement. He further argued that the compensation granted to him by the domestic courts for that land had been derisory. Mr Padalevičius became the owner of…

CASE OF PAKSAS v. LITHUANIA – Application no. 34932/04 (2011)

Facts: The applicant, Rolandas Paksas, is a former President of Lithuania who was removed from office by Parliament following impeachment proceedings for committing a gross violation of the Constitution and breaching the constitutional oath. The Constitutional Court found that, while in office as President, the applicant had, unlawfully and for his own personal ends, granted…

CASE OF RAMANAUSKAS v. LITHUANIA – Application no_74420/01 (2008)

Facts: The applicant, Kęstas Ramanauskas, is a Lithuanian national. He worked as a prosecutor in the Kaišiadorys region. He submitted that he had been approached through a private acquaintance by a person previously unknown to him who was, in fact, an officer from a special anti-corruption police unit. The officer offered the applicant a bribe…

CASE OF SAVENKOVAS v. LITHUANIA – Application no. 871/02 (2009)

Facts: The case concerned Mr Savenkovas’ complaint about the conditions of his detention in Vilnius prisons until July 2003 and the censorship of his correspondence by the prison administration. The Applicant, a person with previous convictions, was convicted in October 2000 of robbery, illegal possession of ammunition, assault and an attempt to abscond. He was…

CASE OF SIDABRAS AND DŽIAUTAS v. LITHUANIA – Applications no. 55480/00 and 59330/00

Facts: The case concerns two applicants,  Mr Juozas Sidabras and Mr Kęstutis Džiautas, who are both Lithuanian nationals. They both worked for the Lithuanian branch of the KGB (the Soviet Security Service). After 1990, the first Applicant, Mr Sidabras, found employment as a tax inspector at the Inland Revenue and the second Applicant, Mr Džiautas, worked…

CASE OF UŽUKAUSKAS v. LITHUANIA – Application no. 16965/04 (2010)

Facts: The case concerns the complaint by the applicant about the Lithuanian courts having taken decisions in his case on the basis of classified evidence presented by the police and never disclosed to him. The applicant held a firearms licence which was revoked by the Lithuanian authorities on the grounds that he was listed in…

CASE OF L. V. LITHUANIA – Application no._27527/03 (2007)

Facts: The case concerned an application brought by a Lithuanian national, Mr L. At birth he was registered as a girl, with a name clearly identifiable as female. However, from an early age, he submits that he felt his gender was male rather than female. Although he was diagnosed as a transsexual his doctor initially…

CASE OF MALININAS v. LITHUANIA – Application no. 10071/04 (2008)

Facts: In 2003 the Applicant, together with his accomplice, was convicted by the Kaišiadorys District Court of attempted drug dealing in large quantities. The court established that the offence had been disclosed using a “Criminal Conduct Simulation Model” which had been authorized for use by the Prosecutor General on 29 May 2002. The Court found that…

CASE OF PYRANTIENĖ v. LITHUANIA – Application no. 45092/07 (2013)

Facts: The case concerned Ms Pyrantienė’s complaint about the level of compensation she had received when the Lithuanian authorities had repossessed a plot of land she had once owned. In 1996 Ms Pyrantienė acquired the 0.5 hectare plot of land from the State. However, a number of years later the sale was quashed by the…

CASE OF VALAŠINAS v. LITHUANIA – Application number 44558/98 (2001)

Facts: The Applicant, Mr Juozas Valašinas, is a Lithuanian national. The case concerned the conditions of the Applicant’s detention in Pravieniškės prison and his treatment there. The arguments of the Applicant concerned were as follows: General conditions of detention Specific acts by the prison administration: The body search of 7 May 1998 Alleged victimization of…

CASE OF UŽUKAUSKAS v. LITHUANIA – Application no. 16965/04

In the Chamber’s judgment in the case of UŽUKAUSKAS v. LITHUANIA, the European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, that there had been: a violation of Article 6 of the Convention (right to a fair hearing).  Principal facts: The applicant, Mr Robertas Užukauskas, is a Lithuanian citizen. The case originates from the claim of the…

CASE OF LALAS v. LITHUANIA – Application no. 13109/04 (2011)

Facts: Mr Lalas is a Lithuanian national. The case concerned his complaint that an undercover police officer had entrapped him into supplying drugs in June 2002 and that subsequently he had been unfairly convicted and sentenced. He further complained about the non-disclosure at his trial of certain evidence relating to the authorisation and use of…