The Racial Equality Directive: application and challenges

The Racial Equality Directive (2000/43/EC) is the key piece of EU legislation for combating discrimination on the grounds of racial or ethnic origin and for giving effect to the principle of equal treatment.

The directive, adopted a decade ago, has brought about the introduction of new or the strengthening of existing legal frameworks. Although significant progress has been made towards the realisation of racial and ethnic equality, several challenges remain to be overcome. The present report discusses the application of the Racial Equality Directive through the laws and practices in the 27 EU Member States.

Free access to over 9 language courses

The European Foundation of Human Rights is pleased to announce that thanks to the kindness of LanguageCourse Company you can now receive free codes for Internet language courses. With the “Super Learning Vocabulary Trainer” programme you have a chance to master vocabulary of over 9 foreign languages, such as German, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian or English, all free of charge.

“Feed me better” project launched

The EFHR would like to announce that Humana People to People Baltic encourages you to apply for grants for an interesting social project “Feet me better” 2012 – 2014.

The project aims at improving the quality of food consumed by children, especially those of less wealthy families, by teaching them how to eat healthy, cook and prepare their own meals.

OHCHR Minorities Fellowship Programme

The Minorities Fellowship Programme (MFP) was incorporated by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in 2005. The MFP is held annually and currently has two linguistic versions: The English language programme has been running since 2005 and the Arabic language programme started in 2007. The Arabic language component began as a two-week pilot and gradually expanded to five weeks in 2011. The duration of the programmes varied until 2011, when both programmes were decided to last 5 weeks and coincide with the session of the Forum on Minority Issues.

Ministry of Culture questions decision to punish employees of Lithuanian Railways

The Ministry of Culture, responsible for all issues of the national minorities in Lithuania, expressed its doubts regarding the managerial decision of “Lietuvos geležinkeliai” to reduce the remuneration of the employees who were not using the state language when exercising their duties. The Ministry does not question the internal order of the  company, only two cases of partly reducing a welder’s and another technical worker’s remuneration for not using the Lithuanian language.

Learn more about minorities in Europe!

Another opportunity for a study trip! This time it is a meeting in Budapest on the topic of minorities in Europe and protection of their rights.

Basic requirements:

* Knowledge of English
* Experience related to the topic of the meeting
* Age 20-30 years old

We invite you to the International Youth Meeting

We invite all our trainees to apply to join this year’s International Youth Meeting of which details can be found below. Unfortunately, the closing date is the 10th of February 2012. The European Foundation of Human Rights will pay the fare for the cheapest means of transport offered by the organiser, on behalf of the chosen participant. Between 70% and 100% of the fare will be funded.

A petition of the European Foundation of Human Rights

 A petition of the European Foundation of Human Rights, reference number 1008/2011, against gathering and processing of data revealing ethnic origin by the Republic of Lithuania, as well as issues raised in it were considered admissible according to the Rules of the European Parliament. That is why the Commission of Petitions initiated its consideration. Below, you can find the text of the above mentioned petition and the response of the chairman of the Commission of Petitions. We are waiting for further information from Brussels.

Marches for Defence of Human Rights

In February and March, in Vilnius, there will be marches against violation of human rights organised. On Tuesday, February 7th, in the  Lithuanian Parliament Sejmas, the deaf and hard of hearing will be protesting  against discrimination in access to information. They claim that the authorities violate the 21st Article of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Disabled, which concerns freedom of opinion and expression, as well as access to information.

Swastika – historical heritage of Lithuania

Swastika – a symbol of criminals and Nazis? Not at all, but anyone who feels the strength of this symbol wants to appropriate it (…) Hitler was not an exception. (…) The Lithuanian cemeteries on which there have been swastikas found date back to the 13th century. This is why we can say it to the whole world with all certainty that it is a symbol of our ancestors, Lithuanians, it is our history and our memory. And the fact that it has been used for criminal purposes, does not change anything. One can steal something and commit any criminal offence using the stolen object. Only those who have committed an offence will look for the guilty, no one but them,” reads one of the statements that can be found on the website of the Sarmatia group (http://www.sarmatas.lt/02/svastika-musu-proteviu-lietuviu-simbolis/).