Success of European Foundation Of Human Rights concerning expelling tourists from Poland from the church

Few weeks ago the Foundation informed that it took legal activities concerning expelling from the church polish tourists by the priest Vaidas Vaišvila (more information http://www.efhr.eu/2012/09/25/efhr-podejmuje-dzialania-prawne-w-sprawie-wypedzenia-z-kosciola-polskich-turystow/).

The Foundation turned to prosecutor’s office in order to bring the priest to justice on the basis of article 169 of the penal code for discrimination on the ethnic background. However, the prosecutor of Vilnius

A hefty financial fine for the internet comment

The European Human Rights Foundation was glad to receive a piece of information concerning  the fine that has been issued as for the anti-internet-violence campaign that has ran for over a year.  For the first time the court of justice issued a warrant, based on the Foundation’s appeal to the General Prosecution, according to the Article 170 act 3 of the Penal Code. The warrant deals with the matter of public incitement to violence against the people of different nationality. District court in the city of Szawla issued a warrant for one of the city’s inhabitants- D.P.who, after reading the article from website www.lrytas.lt called “ Nationalists from Warsaw will come defend Poles”, published his comment: “ Give Poles back their corral, let them fight with Gypsies, so that  both of the parties are gone, we don’t need these outcasts in Lithuania.” That was the way in which D.P. urged everybody to violence, to crack down people who are of  different nationality.

More representatives of EFHR at “What about Gender?” training courses.

In April this year the European Foundation of Human Rights was encouraging the youth to take part in a training course called “What about Gender?” (More info at: http://www.efhr.eu/2012/04/12/what-about-gender/?lang=en). It is worth mentioning that applying for participation was available to all organizations from all of the EU countries, the SEE countries (Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey, Moldova, Macedonia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania) and the EECA (countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia).

Lithuanian edition of the Council of Europe education pack “Rights and Freedoms in practice” is now available for distribution!

The European Foundation of Human Rights has produced the Lithuanian edition of the education pack “Rights and Freedoms in Practice” (“Teisės ir laisvės praktikoje“), which lavishly illustrates the European Convention on Human Rights and exquisitely depicts the function of the European Court of Human Rights.

After the long-lasting process of translating and drawing up, the Foundation received 4000 printed volumes for distribution, part of which will be delivered to the biggest

Trainings about human rights are over.

At the abode of the foundation of human rights were held the trainings about the violation of human rights at the European court of human rights and at the court of Justice of the European union on 19-20 th October of 2012. The training covered the topics from the formal and procedural points of view.…

New Procedural Rules of the Court of Justice

The European Foundation of Human Rights informs that the new procedural rules of the Court of Justice enter into force on 1 November 2012. The structure of the rules hasn’t been changed since 4 March 1953; some important changes, however, were introduced.

One of the reasons that affect the change in the rules has been a steady increase in the number of cases, among which the reference for a preliminary ruling are the majority. This means that the Court seeks to adapt to changes in the matters referred to the dispute.

Important information for every voter

The parliamentary elections and referendum on the issue of a new nuclear power station in the Republic of Lithuania will be held on 14 October 2012.

The Foundation, a public benefit organization which main purpose is a concern for the public interest and well-being of the society, deems that the right to vote is one of the fundamental rights and duties granted to the country’s citizens. Consequently, on the basis of the information dated October 6-8, 2012 published in “Kurier Wileński” and the one received from the Central Electoral Commission of the Republic of Lithuania, the Foundation has prepared the most important issues associated with the election law. The main purpose of the initiative is to increase the awareness of the rights and duties concerning the elections in Lithuania.

Take part in free training courses!

The European Foundation of Human Rights cordially invites you to the training courses. Their primary purpose is to deepen your knowledge of conducting cases of violations of human rights in the European Court of Human Rights and the Court of Justice of the European Union from procedural and formal point of view. Trainings will help to deepen practical knowledge of the lodging of complaints to the European Court of Human Rights and of the jurisprudence in such important issues as freedom of speech or the return of nationalized property (including the case of collecting the already recovered forests) and many other important international laws. In addition, trainees will be able to present their cases and get advice from an expert.

Incitement to hatred on grounds of nationality enters the church

Recently, the European Foundation of Human Rights was positively surprised with the information that a priest defends the rights of the Polish minority in Kaunas (read more: http://kurierwilenski.lt/2012/09/21/ksiadz-litwin-broni-polakow-na-kowienszczyznie/). This is a commendable attitude. Everyone can and must act in defence of human rights, especially the Church and the clergy who represent it.

Unfortunately, the priest Vaidas Vaišvilas cast out Polish tourists from the Divine Mercy Sanctuary. Moreover, the Foundation received information that it’s not the first time when the priest showed discrimination against minority

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

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

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

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

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

mrgi-logo-taglineThe 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 improve the quality of the mentioned groups. 

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

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.”

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

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!

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!

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).