Archive for January, 2013

The campaign against bilingual street name plates continues

The campaign against bilingual street name plates continues

Posted on January 30, 2013 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
The Foundation has repeatedly informed about various steps (including legal) undertaken by different state institutions (especially the State Language Inspectorate) to remove the Polish street name plates common in the areas inhabited by the Polish national minority in Lithuania. On January 28 this year, another disadvantageous decision for the Poles had been undertaken by the local authorities. The representative of the Government for the Vilnius district demanded changes of the plates which do not conform with the law on the state language and the rules of naming, changing and registering...
Why does the number of requests concerning change of surname fall?

Why does the number of requests concerning change of surname fall?

Posted on January 28, 2013 by admin
On 22 January, the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Lithuania announced on their website that during the years 2010 and 2012 the number of requests for name and/or surname changes fell. The ministry perceives this to be as a result of the simplification of procedures for some kinds of justifications provided for alteration. Some powers of authority were handed over from the ministry to the registry offices located in the neighbourhood of the interested parties. There is no doubt that the simplification of procedures influenced the decreasing number of requests but the ministry omitted...
New year – new victories

New year – new victories

Posted on January 25, 2013 by admin
The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) began 2013 by winning a cyberspace hate speech case. The Foundation spotted that a citizen of Šiauliai, G.D, had written a discriminatory comment inciting violence. On www.lrytas.lt website, under an article titled “Members of the European Parliament applied to the EU leaders for the protection of Polish minority rights”, G.D. posted his comment which read as follows: “All of you bastards should be strung up. <…> – You are enemies of Lithuania so <…> you got your heads smashed with a club… (Instead of...
Another Human Rights Report Critical Towards Lithuania

Another Human Rights Report Critical Towards Lithuania

Posted on January 14, 2013 by admin
On 6 December of this year the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation published an unprecedented document – a report on obeying human rights legislation in the European Union. Russia is not usually associated with obeying these rights – in fact, the largest number of complaints filed to the European Court of Human Rights come from Russia. Furthermore, Russia has the highest number of ECtHR lost cases. Nevertheless, the Russian Ministry of the Interior decided to scrutinize the situation of human rights in particular member states of the European Union. ...
This year the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity is going to play in Vilnius for the first time!

This year the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity is going to play in Vilnius for the first time!

Posted on January 08, 2013 by admin
This year the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity is going to play in Vilnius for the first time! The partner of the action is the Radio station “From Over Neris”. The Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity is a charity action which aims to collect money for the purchase of medical equipment for hospitals in Poland. The collections have been organized all over the world. This year, the funds are going to be collected “to save the lives of children and for decent medical care for seniors”. The final of the GOChCh will take place on 13th January 2013. Within the framework of the...
Deprivation of liberty for an internet comment

Deprivation of liberty for an internet comment

Posted on January 03, 2013 by admin
The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) welcomes another court order issued against the author of an offensive comment on the grounds of motions filed by EFHR to the Prosecutor General’s Office. The Court of Alytus district municipality (Alytaus rajono apylinkės teismas) issued a court order against an inhabitant of this district (S.Š) for the incitement to national hatred and for the humiliation of the Russian minority. ...