Archive for September, 2012

The European Foundation of Human Rights organized a lecture in the Mykolas Romeris University!

Posted on September 27, 2012 by admin
fot. EFHR September, 27th The European Foundation of Human Rights organised a lecture in the Mykolas Romeris University for the fourth year students of Public Administration about the non- governmental organizations (NGO) and law regulations in Lithuania. During the lecture, students learnt more about the law regulations concerning the NGOs basing on the law on Public Institutions in Lithuania, article 2, part 1. (“A public institution is a non-profit organisation, founded ...

A major step forward in the fight against the hatred on the grounds of nationality

Posted on September 26, 2012 by admin
Despite unfavourable commentators, the European Foundation of Human Rights can be proud of its next victory. The deputy of the Principal Procurator of Šiauliai County, Šiauliai district, accepted the judgement concerning the complaint of Paweł Nowikiewicz, a lawyer cooperating with the Foundation, of the suspension of the investigation. Consequently, the investigation will be resumed. ...

EFHR takes legal action on throwing Polish tourists out of church

Posted on September 25, 2012 by admin
European Foundation of Human Rights has received a notification that the priest threw Polish tourists out of the Divine Mercy Sanctuary in Vilnius because they were not pilgrims. The situation is really unpleasant, discriminatory on grounds of nationality and humiliating human dignity and honor. According to what the media have reported, the priest threw Polish tourists out just telling them to “get out of here and go to Poland”.  ...

Polish names of streets are an eyesore again

Posted on September 24, 2012 by admin
The government established a special working group that developed a new plan aimed at removing the plates with Polish street names. It is planned to place these plates on special poles instead of on the buildings. Such motives of the government will inevitably affect ethnic minorities in Lithuania, who have spent 20 years now to have street names written in two languages (i.e. Lithuanian and Polish, Belarusian or Russian) in towns densely populated by national minorities (e.g. in Vilnius). ...
Check your knowledge

Check your knowledge

Posted on September 19, 2012 by admin
The European Foundation of Human Rights has the pleasure of informing all interested individuals about the possibility of taking part in a free English Language course that will be held over the internet. Participation in this competition is encouraged by the Minority Rights Group International as part of the Global Agency Programme (GPP). The course is aimed at those who work in favour of national minorities in Africa, Asia or Europe. The programme‘s goal is to support representatives of national minorities and work towards utilisation of regional and international mechanisms in order to...

The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights will change 2010 report on Lithuania

Posted on September 19, 2012 by admin
The European Foundation of Human Rights has proved that The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights had misinterpreted the results of research carried out by the Institute for Social Research. In the response to the Foundation’s letter about the 2010 report, the Agency agreed with our notes. The Agency’s report stated that “in Lithuania, 42% of the questioned representatives of minorities said, that they experiencds difficulties on the job market because of little knowledge of the Lithuanian language.”...

The European Foundation of Human Rights campaign on the case of inappropriate comments is still in progress

Posted on September 18, 2012 by admin
The European Foundation of Human Rights received a report that another penalty has been put on the author of one of the insulting comments, as a result of the Foundation’s application that was sent to the General Prosecution council. On the 30th of July 2012, the Vilnius District Court made a verdict that a penalty be put on one of the inhabitants of that city, K. Š, ...

European Foundation of Human Rights at the harvest festival in Soleczniki!

Posted on September 17, 2012 by admin
European Foundation of Human Rights informs that it took part in the harvest festival in Soleczniki on September 16th. The festival was organized by the local government and Culture Centre in Soleczniki. The agricultural fair attracted many visitors, among them also Poles. Thanks to it the Foundation attracted great interest among the participants of the event. It traditionally handed out leaflets on human rights  (http://www.efhr.eu/ulotki/) and other Council of Europe’s and EU’s brochures ...

Racist attacks can’t be tolerated!

Posted on September 12, 2012 by admin
A month ago, ended the Games of the 2012 summer Olympiad inLondonfame several Lithuanian fans. One of them, a Lithuanian national P. L. has been sentenced to 11 thousands litas fine for that incited racial hatred, spreading monkeys imitate sounds and showing Nazi gestures. Meanwhile, on another basketball fan cocky behavior investigation lingered, because the police still can’t find the culprit. The later interested the British media,...

Don’t be afraid to speak in your native language!

Posted on September 10, 2012 by admin
The citizens of the Republic of Lithuania who declare their membership of a national minority often inform the NGO Foundation for Human Rights about infringements of their right to use their native language. Unfortunately, recent changes confirm the EFHR’s concern on the increasing number of such violations (more info: http://www.efhr.eu/2012/08/29/punishing-for-comments-gains-pace/?lang=en; http://www.efhr.eu/2012/01/06/efhr-took-notice-seriously-of-the-survey-published-in-the-issue-of-iq-on-january/?lang=en)....

Freedom House report criticizes Lithuania for attitude towards national minorities

Posted on September 10, 2012 by admin
During one of the latest television debates the Minister of Foreign Affairs Audronius Ažubalis pointed out that national minorities do not have to be foreign policy’s hostages. He explained that accusations of violating the rights of Polish minority in Lithuania do not need to be heeded, as, in his opinion, they are unfounded. He quotes this year’s Freedom House report, which states clearly that rights of Polish minority in Lithuania are protected. ...

European Fundation of Human rights is not gonna give up!

Posted on September 03, 2012 by admin
On Agust 17th A.D. Prosecutor of a district of the city Klajpeda overrode the rule of discontinuance. The discontinuance was made because suspected could have not be found. European fundation of Human rights was very pleased with the desicion. An investigation starded on the basis of the clause number 170 part 4 of Penal code of Republic of Lithuania, where the clause says about public incitement to racial hatred as well as humilating commets. Those commets and incitements were seen in Lithuanian information portal : www.lrytas.lt, under the article titled...