The European Parliament considers the rights of the Polish minority in Lithuania to be a very important matter. Below is Mr. Tomasz Snarski’s account of the Committee on Petitions’ meeting.

The European Parliament Committee on Petitions has held a meeting on the 24th of April 2012 during which the petition submitted by Mr. Tomasz Snarski, in regards to the polish minority’s language rights in Lithuania, was discussed. The European Foundation of Human Rights supported Mr. Snarski’s case (more information can be found here: http://www.efhr.eu/2011/09/15/fundacja-rusza-z-poparciem-dla-inicjatywy-tomasza-snarskiego/). The…

The European-wide Action Week Against Racism

From conferences, lectures, street theatre performances and concerts to wiping off the racist slogans from the city walls. This is just a small part of the events, which were organised through the whole week of March (17-25) in all Europe on the occasion of Week of Solidarity with the Peoples Struggling against Racism and Racial Discrimination. The celebration has begun on the  21st of March on the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

The majority of events this year were organised in the frame of the campaign ‘Open your mind.

Group on Facebook called “Saw on Poles” deleted!

The European Foundation of Human Rights discovered on the Social Network Facebook a group titled “Saw on Poles”, which motto was“Whack Pole ‘till he’s young!”. The group was consisted of 23 members, who were posting comments, statements, open calls for hatred as well. Moreover there were put few pictures insulting for polish nation.

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS – SUMMER SCHOOL ON LISBON TREATY AND EU CITIZENSHIP

Human Rights Monitoring Institute is currently accepting applications for the Summer School “Using Lisbon Treaty for Building Active Citizenship”.

The Summer School is designed for young professionals from EU-based NGOs, who are interested in EU and human rights law as well as in developing effective human rights advocacy campaigns.

Another punishment for the comments.

District Court of the region Šiauliai issued a writ against one of the inhabitants of Šiauliai region Virgiljus Putramentas for inciting racial hatred calling for discrimination on the national origin grounds and humiliating commentary on the basis of the EFPCz motion directed to The General Prosecutor’s Office 3rd of August 2011. (click here to read about the first punishment: http://www.efhr.eu/2012/03/15/first-penalty-for-comments/?lang=en)

The author was punished for his first commentary on the article about the building work in Warsaw. ‘šūdlenkiams stato, tiem kurie nepajėgs išmokti lietuviškai.’ (transl. ‘they build for shitty-Poles, who cannot learn Lithuanian.’ The author was punished by a fine of 130 Lt.

WHAT ABOUT GENDER

Action 3.1 training course

 Dear friends,

“Alinhas?”, a youth association from Portugal, would like to invite you to participate in a new project to be presented on the 1st of May deadline.

It is a training course that will explore different Gender issues affecting our countries and European society at large. Here you can check more about us and the project.

2012 OHCHR Minorities Fellowship Programme (English) – call for applications

The Minorities Fellowship Programme (MFP) was launched by the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in 2005.

Through the MFP, the OHCHR aims to give persons belonging to national or ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities an opportunity to gain knowledge on the UN system

“Poles, Europeans, Citizens”. There is a new textbook of Social Studies for Polish schools in Lithuania!

On 30 March this year, European Foundation of Human Rights in association with Modern Poland Foundation could hand over new textbooks of Social Studies for Polish schools in Lithuania. These books are addressed to young people who are at 10-11 class and will provide them with a crucial minimum of knowledge which will allow students to learn about political and social problems of modern democracies along with the forms of social commitment.