EFHR brings Christmas presents to the Orphanage in Podbrodzie

Last Thursday, a team of people was sent by the European Foundation for Human Rights to deliver Christmas gifts to the wards of the Orphanage in Podbrodzie. The headmaster was also given educational materials related with human rights, designed for the youngest pupils as well as for the teenagers, with a special focus on the…

“W” lawful in Lithuania after all

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) has once again detected the hypocrisy of contradictory legal acts and practices which concern the original spelling of names and surnames in official documents. Today dozens, if not thousands of Lithuanian citizens struggle with the problem of name spelling.  According to the State Commission of the Lithuanian Language,…

How to change your name—step-by-step instruction

A person who would like to exercise his/her right to change a name should file an application to the local Civil Registry Office (Civilinės metrikacijos skyrius). The complete list of the Offices can be found at: https://mepis.vrm.lt/web/mepis/kontaktai.

A written application for a name change can also be submitted via the internet, through the MEPIS system (https://mepis.vrm.lt).

The following documents should be attached to the filled in application form (www.efhr.eu/application):

Bartłomiej Śliwa – intern EFHR

The European Foundation for Human Rights (EFHR) is pleased to welcome a new volunteer Bartłomiej Śliwa, a graduate in sociology and comparative study of civilizations at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków and a participant of education projects in the field of human rights protection and measures against racism and xenophobia organized by the Foundation Humanity in Action Poland and Interkulturalni.pl Association.

Mr Śliwa started to cooperate with EFHR in March 2012.

4th Summer Academy: Democracy at School – Call for participants!

4th Summer Academy: Democracy at School
Residential seminar: 6-14 July 2013, Sulejówek/Warsaw, Poland
Deadline to apply: 18 January 2013


A short overview – What is the Summer Academy: Democracy at School?

The EWC is calling for participants for the 4th Summer Academy: Democracy at School, which will take place 6-14 July 2013 in Poland. The Summer Academy offers a regional training to education professionals and local community actors from Eastern Europe and the Caucasus region.

European Foundation of Human Rights participating in training in Strasbourg

UNITED – international initiative unity over 550 organisations. The UNITED representatives have recently organised a training course titled „Step in! Be Active Against Racist, Propaganda and Hate Speech Online”. The project aimed to teach youth activists how to recognise and fight discrimination and violence in the cyberspace.

The representative of the European Foundation of Human Rights, Krzysztof Adam Górski said that “The training provided a load of experiences and pleasantly spent time amongst new acquaintances.

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) on international conference in Latvia.

On the occasion of the Human Rights Day and the 20th anniversary of the creation of Latvian Committee of Human Rights in Riga (LHRC) the conference entitled “The rights of citizens in baltic countries. The experience of the protection at international level.” was organized. LHRC has asked EFHR to present the situation of national minorities’ rights in Lithuania and to get the participants acquainted with its activity and finally, to share with them the experience in the field of protection of the minorities’ rights before the European Court of Human Rights and with a help of institutions of European Union. 

The case of Polish minority in Lithuania is being discussed, the European Commission’s position has a consultative character for the European Parliament

Recently the Lithuanian media have published a number of articles according to which the investigation of my petition by institutions of the European Union has already been closed. Moreover, the articles inform that the European Commission claims the issues described in the petition are within the competence of the member countries. 

The aforementioned information omits a few significant facts and consequently misleads the public opinion.

The Ministry of Culture announces a contest – “For Ethnic Tolerance”

The Ministry of Culture continues the tradition initiated in 2007 which is about rewarding people who contributed the most to the promotion of ethnic tolerance in mass media. The aim of the contest is to instil tolerance towards national minorities as well as sensitivity to racial and national discrimination in the members of the community.

EFHR in Porto – “What about Gender” training course

Between the 23rd of November and the 1st of December, an organisation specialising in hosting  courses related to inter-cultural dialogue called ConnectART, held a training course in Porto (Portugal) named “What about gender” (Co na temat płci). Almost 30 participants from 10 European countries took part in the training, who represented various NGOs. Lithuania was represented by two trainees of the EFHR, Kamil Szwarc and Krzysztof Górski and also an employee of our organisation, Zbigniew Malewski.

Summary of recent training (23rd-24th of November)

On last Friday and Saturday, the European Foundation of Human Rights organised free training sessions on Human Rights, in Vilnius’s Władysław Syrokomla’s College. The course’s participants were mainly teachers but the event was also attended by students of local universities and colleges.

The training was led by specialists in the field of Human Rights – Dr. Laura Koba, Dr. Łukasz Wardyn and Professor Wiesław Wacławczyk.

EFHR on trainings in Finland

On 12-17 November 2012 in Finland, a conference was held titled “Wake Up Europe: It’s Time to Act! Creative approaches to tackle discrimination”. The aim of this conference was to share the latest strategies and practices in the “European movement against discrimination”.

The conference included the plenary sessions, working in groups, lectures, workshops, presentations, debates,

The struggle for surname spelling continues.

The public signs in Lithuania should be written in the country’s official language (according to article 17 of the state language Act); however, to excise stamps on the goods subjected to excise duty (such as cigarettes and alcohol), car licence plates and proper names of companies this Act does not apply. That is how Vilnius…

Results of the action taken against discrimination. Don’t be deceived!

Discrimination based on gender, age, nationality, religion, language, origin, social status or views is not only a problem for a state but also for all of us. European Foundation of Human Rights is aware of this problem and has been fighting against it by directing applications to law enforcement organizations about illegal entries in the Internet.

You can learn a lot about discrimination by reading online job offers. Authors break the law without even knowing it. European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) is deeply concerned about the traces of discrimination in the offers,

“Conducting cases of violation of human rights in the European Court of Human Rights and the Court of Justice of the European Union – the procedure and formal requirements” – in English

The European Foundation of Human Rights is pleased to invite you to a subsequently training (the first one was conducted on 19 October 2012 ), during which participants will have the opportunity to deepen their knowledge on the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union as a practical tool for conducting cases of violation of human rights  as well as Case law analysis from European Court of Human Rights and the Court of Justice of the European Union. 

We highly encourage to applying for participation in the Justice Initiative Fellows Program 2013-2015

Open Society Foundation’s Justice Initiative together with Central European University (CEU) would like to encourage to applying for two-year programme, which includes studying and internship. The programe‘s aim is to support as well as help in developing abilities of young attourneys and people involved in the matters of international human rights, which will help them in further acquaintance with human right‘s problems.

During the second year of their studies, students will be employed, free of charge, by an independent organization concerned with human rights.

EFHR nominated for “Pole of the Year 2012”

The European Foundation of Human Rights is glad to inform you that our expert, Łukasz Wardyn PhD, is among 18 nominees for the honourable award “Pole of the Year 2012.” We are truly grateful for noticing and appreciating our efforts to secure the obedience of human and minority rights in Lithuania. The nomination motivates us even greater to keep up with our attempts to make Lithuania a friendly and law-abiding country. 

EFHR took part in the International Day Against Fascism and Antisemitism

International Day Against Fascism and Antisemitism  – is an annual commemoration of the Jews killed in the Nazi Germany during ‘Kristallnacht’ (Crystal Night) pogrom that occurred on the 9th of November 1938, commemorated internationally since 1989. Since 1995 the commemoration is coordinated by the biggest in Europe charity organisation against nationalism, fascism and racism – UNITED for Intercultural Action which takes action mostly for migrants and refugees.

Visible effects of the campaign led by EFHR against offensive comments in the cyberspace

“I won’t write any more comments about Poles. I’m scared and I obviously don’t want to be sued.” (http://www.delfi.lt/news/daily/lithuania/rsikorskis-lietuvoje-lenku-teises-butu-beveik-pakankamos-bet-jos-silpninamos.d?id=58876573&com=1&s=2&no=200). This comment proves that the campaign led by the Foundation against offensive comments in the Internet brings the desired effects. Offensive comments are less frequent and people who write those comments admit they are scared of writing texts inciting ethnic hatred. It is like in the proverb “We learn from our mistakes”. We can proudly say that the Foundation is successful in this case.