President sees no difference between national minorities and migrants

On 19 December 2013, Dalia Grybauskaitė, the President of Lithuania, spoke in Brussels about the attempt to ‘reinstate’ the national minorities law which expired in 2009. A draft law, currently awaiting its second reading in the Lithuanian Seimas, is the latest effort to close the legal loophole in the area of protection of national minorities…

Final Ceremony of EFHR Competitions

On December 21, a final gala of a student competition entitled ‘How do you understand Human Rights?’ and a summary of the project ‘The Europeans, Poles, Citizens’, organised by the European Foundation of Human Rights (ECHR) was held in the aula of a Runmis hotel. Implementation of the project the ‘Europeans, Poles, Citizens’, addressed to…

EFHR marks the International Human Rights Day with a training

To mark the International Human Rights Day, on December 19 and 20 the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) held an open lecture and training in the field of human rights and international law. The training was given by a distinguished lawyer and expert in international law, professor Fernand de Varenness. During the lecture, which…

EFHR offers psychological and legal support to children’s homes

Representatives of the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) have frequently cooperated with children’s homes in Lithuania. Since the Foundation’s main focus is on national minorities, special attention has been paid to those institutions, where stay children belonging to such groups. Among other activities, we organised lectures and meetings for children with Dr Laura Koba…

EFHR on the final ceremony at the Young Journalists Forum

Representatives of the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) took part in the final ceremony of Polish-Lithuanian Forum of Young Journalists, which took place in the House of Polish Culture in Vilnius on Tuesday, December 17. The project participants were mixed teams of students from Lithuanian and Polish schools, who had to prepare together and…

The Inspector of Journalist Ethics has accepted EFHR’s argumentation about the publication in the newspaper “Kurier Wileński”

On 21st November, 2013 the Inspector of Journalist Ethics (Žurnalistų Etikos Inspektorius) issued a decision about a complaint of Kazimieras Garšva referring to the information in the article entitled “Sajūdis – transformacja legendy” (“Sajūdis – the transformation of a legend”) which was published in “Kurier Wileński”. The Inspector decided that the complaint filed by the…

EFHR enters into cooperation with the University of Applied Social Sciences in Lithuania

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) and the University of Applied Social Sciences (SMK) have signed an agreement on cooperation in the field of education, local partnership and scientific research. The SMK has been notably present on the Lithuanian stage for 18 years. Its close cooperation with businesses and local partners has brought benefits…

EFHR invites for a free training!

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) is pleased to invite you to an International Human Rights Training Session on 19th and 20th of December 2013, during which participants will have the opportunity to deepen their practical and theoretical knowledge of European and International Human Rights law. The training is provided by human rights expert Dr Fernand…

EFHR at the meeting of human rights groups

On 13 December 2013, representatives of the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) took part in a meeting of leading NGOs campaigning for human rights protection and fighting discrimination in Baltic states. The meeting was attended by representatives of the Lithuanian Human Rights League, Lithuanian Human Rights Association, Association Centre for Research and Protection of…

Welcome to the grand final of the EFHR competition!

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) cordially invites all participants of the project ‘Europeans, Poles, Citizens’ and the participants of the competition for children  ‘How do you understand Human Rights?’, together with their parents, teachers and friends for the gala, which will be held on December 21, 2013 at 13:00 in the hall of…

EFHR invites for a free training!

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) is pleased to invite you to an International Human Rights Training Session on 20th of December 2013, during which participants will have the opportunity to deepen their practical and theoretical knowledge of European and International Human Rights law. The lecture will be held in English on 20 December 2013, starting…

A green light to participate in the European Voluntary Service (EVS)

It is the European Foundation of Human Rights’ (EFHR) great pleasure to inform that the request of accreditation for EVS has got a favourable consideration. EFHR has now become a part of the project of youth exchange between European and partner countries (for instance Turkey, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway). EFHR can now host and send volunteers…

A promise to set new boundaries of single-member constituencies is made

European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) delivered a few notices and suggestions to the Central Electoral Commission (CEC) regarding their project, which takes notice of redefining new boundaries of Seimas’ single-member constituencies. Firstly, EFHR would like to note that boundaries of the constituencies set a year ago by the CEC, affected electorate of minorities in…

EFHR opinion on SLLC’s comments on provisions of national minorities draft law

On November 14, 2013 the State Lithuanian Language Commission (the SLLC) submitted its considerations and comments on the national minorities draft law opened for public consultations on October 28, 2013 (no. 13-335-01). In the opinion of the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR), the SLLC’s comments are both misleading and false. The SLLC begins with…

Personal names can now retain original spelling in official documents

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) is pleased to announce that rules regulating the original spelling of given and family names in official documents in Lithuania have now been changed. These rules are laid down by the State Commission of the Lithuanian Language. The EFHR had frequently attempted to demonstrate the need for such…

A pecuniary fine for two derogatory comments

Another sentence of the court for the author of an offending commentary published on the Internet proves that even the anonymously made offenses can lead to serious consequences. Commonly known freedom of speech had its limits, as in the case of offenses given publicly. The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) campaign against abusive comments…

EFHR at the premier Forum for Polish Kindergartens in Vilnius

On Wednesday, 4 December 2013, the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) attended the inaugural Forum for Polish Kindergartens in Vilnius, co-organised by the Association of Polish Teachers in Lithuania „Macierz Szkolna” and the Vilnius City Council. It was launched at the House of Polish Culture, along with the opening of the 10th, jubilee edition…

Three lost cases in the European Court of Human Rights in November

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) detected a violation of the right to property regarding two Lithuanian citizens K.P. and E.V. basing on the fact that they did not receive a due compensation for a statutory appropriation of their property. According to the Court’s decision and the Article 1 of Protocol 1 to the…

Artists sing about patriotism – an occasion to talk about human rights

On November 30, well-known female singers from Poland performed at the House of Polish Culture in Vilnius, to celebrate the Polish Culture Days. The concert formed a part of the ‘Cursed Girls’ music project, and artists sang about the post-war fates of men and women of the Polish resistance movement. The European Foundation of Human…

New trainee of the European Foundation of Human Rights

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) is happy to present Julio Tavares as a new intern. Julio came from Portugal and he is here for a six month internship within a European Commission funding programme – Erasmus student placement. Julio has graduated from the Polytechnic Institute of Bragança (a Portuguese Higher Education Public Institution),…