Archive for September, 2011

European Foundation of Human Rights forwards three further petitions to Brussels

European Foundation of Human Rights forwards three further petitions to Brussels

Posted on September 28, 2011 by admin
fot.EFHR On Wednesday, 28thSeptember the European Foundation of Human Rights forwarded three petitions to the EU structures: European Parliament and the European Commission against: Processing of personal data revealing ethnic origin; Education Act, which discriminates ethnic minorities in Lithuania; Suppression of rights of the Polish minority in Lithuania (in support of the complaint of Mr. Tomasz Snarski) (the content of the petition (can be found)on the website: www.efhr.eu).   ...
Gintaras Steponavičius accused of national hostility and illegal use of personal data

Gintaras Steponavičius accused of national hostility and illegal use of personal data

Posted on September 28, 2011 by admin
fot. DELFI (Š.Mažeikos nuotr.) The Lithuanian Minister of Education and Science, Gintaras  Steponavičius, has been accused of accessing personal data and ethnic hostility. European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR), a public institution, has lodged a petition to the General Prosecutor’s Office in this case. According to the Foundation, Steponavičius has violated the Lithuanian law on personal data protection and international agreements by writing a letter to minority representatives. While, the Minister’s public statements are subject to punishment pursuant to the article of...

European Foundation of Human Rights kindly asks the parents

Posted on September 28, 2011 by admin
European Foundation of Human Rights kindly asks the parents whose children received the letter from the Minister of Education and Science, Gintaras Steponavičius written either in Russian or Belarusian to send a copy of it to the Foundation. Please send the scanned copy of the letter to the following e-mail address of the Foundation:...
European Foundation of Human Rights sends 3 more petitions to Brussels

European Foundation of Human Rights sends 3 more petitions to Brussels

Posted on September 27, 2011 by admin
On Wednesday, September 28th, EFHR sent 3 petitions to the following European institutions: European Parliament and European Commission. The petitions were against: Processing of personal data revealing ethnic origin Educational Law, which discriminates against minorities in Lithuania Limiting the rights of the Polish minority in Lithuania (support of the complaint of Tomasz Snarski) (full text on www.efhr.eu) The foundation has collected almost: During Friday’s demonstration (23rd September) outside the LR Parliament, there was an opportunity to sign the above petitions and get more...

The European Foundation of Human Rights has filed a complaint against the Lithuanian Minister of Education and Science

Posted on September 26, 2011 by admin
The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) sheds new light on the letter sent by Gintaras Steponavičius to the parents of children attending Polish minority schools in Lithuania. In August this year, over 26 thousand people received a letter from the Minister of Education and Science, Gintaras Steponavičius, informing about the changes that the new amended Act on Education brings and highlighting its benefits. Beside all the controversies that the letter inspired in the Polish community, very few wondered why the letter was sent directly to its addressees and, more importantly, who...

TV program “Aš myliu Lietuvą” – under the microscope of the European Foundation of Human Rights

Posted on September 22, 2011 by admin
TV program “Aš myliu Lietuva” – under the microscope of the European Foundation of Human Rights European Foundation of Human Rights became interested in a matter of “Aš myliu Lietuva”, which was transmitted on LNK TV channel this summer. Supposedly patriotic in nature participants of the programme and their actions are now not only known throughout the entire Lithuania but beyond its borders, and unfortunately not from the positive side. They aroused discontent not solely among the representatives of national minorities in Lithuania, but also among the...
European Foundation of Human Rights declared full support for Mr. Snarski’s initiative

European Foundation of Human Rights declared full support for Mr. Snarski’s initiative

Posted on September 15, 2011 by admin
The European Foundation of Human Rights expressed its full appreciation for an initiative of assistant lecturer at the Department of Criminal Material and Executive Law and Judicial Psychiatry at the University of Gdańsk – Mr. Tomasz Snarski, who has submitted at March 31, 2011 a petition to the European Parliament, which tittle was “Lingual rights of Polish nationals living in Lithuania”. Its content will be discussed under frame of European Parliament’s Petition Committee work. The main purpose of the petition is to draw the problem of lingual rights of Polish minority in Lithuania...

Statistics – grounds for manipulation

Posted on September 03, 2011 by admin
Another of a series of open lectures organised by the European Foundation of Human Rights took place in the Vilnius Branch of the University of Białystok at the beginning of June. This time it was Professor Bogusław Grużewski’s lecture entitled ‘The issue of distortion and correct interpretation of statistics and social research results’....

Petition against the new Education Act which discriminates against national minorities in Lithuania

Posted on September 03, 2011 by admin
European Parliament Comittee on Petitions The Secretariat Rue Wiertz B – 1047 Bruxellles Vice-president and Commissioner Ms. Viviane Reding European Commission DG Justice B-1049 Brussels We demand that immediate steps be taken against the new Education Act passed on March 17th 2011 by the Lithuanian Parliament (Lietuvos Respublikos Švietimo Įstatymo Pakeitimo Įstatymas 2011 m. kovo 17 d. Number XI-1281: a) We request the European Parliament to adopt a resolution calling upon change of laws that discriminate against national minorities, and to call upon the European Union Commission to...
The European Foundation of Human Rights submitted a petition to the European Commission and the European Parliament to defend the education of national minorities in Lithuania.

The European Foundation of Human Rights submitted a petition to the European Commission and the European Parliament to defend the education of national minorities in Lithuania.

Posted on September 03, 2011 by admin
During a gathering organised last Friday (02.09.2011) in front of the Presidential Palace, in order to defend polish education in Lithuania, the European Foundation of Human Rights came up with an idea to submit a group petition against the new Lithuanian Act on Education which discriminates against national minorities, to European Commission and the European Parliament. The petition calls on the European Parliament and the European Commission to undertake prompt measures against the Lithuanian Act on Education which has been accepted by the Lithuanian government on 17th of March 2011. The...
Many volunteers broadened their knowledge at international workshops in Budapest

Many volunteers broadened their knowledge at international workshops in Budapest

Posted on September 03, 2011 by admin
Participants of the workshops at work. Photo: Eszter Gordon The participants of the II International Journalism Workshops in Budapest gained many practical skills, such as improving journalistic skills, photography, filming and creating a website. The workshops were attended by young Poles from Great Britain, Spain Ukraine, Croatia, Russia and Hungary, and also two people from Lithuania: Beata Naniewicz and Rajmund Klonowski, volunteers from European Foundation of Human Rights....