Archive for 2012

EFHR brings Christmas presents to the Orphanage in Podbrodzie

EFHR brings Christmas presents to the Orphanage in Podbrodzie

Posted on December 29, 2012 by admin
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 rights of children. The rights of children occupy an exceptional place in the field of human rights. For children, then, having their rights secured has a great impact on their personal development and realization of their plans and dreams. While talking to the workers,...
“W” lawful in Lithuania after all

“W” lawful in Lithuania after all

Posted on December 28, 2012 by admin
Fot. Marian Paluszkiewicz 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, “foreign proper names do not belong to the system of the Lithuanian language and therefore they should not be lithuanized.” Naturally, the EFHR perfectly agrees with that. However, several...
How to change your name—step-by-step instruction

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

Posted on December 28, 2012 by admin
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

Bartłomiej Śliwa – intern EFHR

Posted on December 27, 2012 by admin
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 – Call for participants!

Posted on December 20, 2012 by admin
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

European Foundation of Human Rights participating in training in Strasbourg

Posted on December 19, 2012 by admin
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.

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

Posted on December 18, 2012 by admin
© Zanna Karelina 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...
The case of Polish minority in Lithuania is being discussed, the European Commission's position has a consultative character for the European Parliament

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

Posted on December 10, 2012 by admin
Tomasz Snarski 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 announces a contest – “For Ethnic Tolerance”

Posted on December 05, 2012 by admin
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....
We invite you to take part in long-term training for youth workers, for the years 2013-2014!

We invite you to take part in long-term training for youth workers, for the years 2013-2014!

Posted on December 04, 2012 by admin
Enter Youth Meeting, EYC Strasbourg, 14 -18.09.2011 The training will be divided into three parts:  Preparatory seminars: 11-21: March 2013 in Strasbourg Self-development and learning: April 2013 – June 2014 Evaluative seminar: 2014 (date to be confirmed)  The Youth Department is starting a course for youth workers in the field of social rights. The aim of the course is to most importantly:...
EFHR in Porto - “What about Gender” training course

EFHR in Porto – “What about Gender” training course

Posted on December 03, 2012 by admin
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)

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

Posted on November 28, 2012 by admin
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

EFHR on trainings in Finland

Posted on November 21, 2012 by admin
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 struggle for surname spelling continues.

Posted on November 16, 2012 by admin
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 District Administrative Court decided in its ruling, dissmising the plaint filed to the State Language Inspectorate by the European Foundation of Human Rights. In its plaint, EFHR pointed out that the rules of creating and spelling of legal entities’ proper names,...
Results of the action taken against discrimination. Don’t be deceived!

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

Posted on November 15, 2012 by admin
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

“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

Posted on November 13, 2012 by admin
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

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

Posted on November 13, 2012 by admin
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”

EFHR nominated for “Pole of the Year 2012”

Posted on November 12, 2012 by admin
Członkowie Kapituły uwzględniali wkład każdego kandydata w dziedzinę rozwoju kultury polskiej na Litwie Fot. Marian Paluszkiewicz 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

EFHR took part in the International Day Against Fascism and Antisemitism

Posted on November 09, 2012 by admin
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

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

Posted on November 04, 2012 by admin
“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”....
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