Archive for February, 2013

Running away from inconvenient facts

Running away from inconvenient facts

Posted on February 27, 2013 by admin
On numerous occasions we at EFHR have informed readers about the petition submitted by Mr Tomasz Snarski on the 31st of March 2011, titled “Language rights of Poles in Lithuania”. The petition regarded the main problems on the subject of language rights of the Polish minority – that is, the spelling of names and forenames, labelling settlements or streets in the minority language and educational matters. All points mentioned relate to rights, which should be available on a daily basis in a democratic European state. As it turns out, not everyone holds the same view. On the...
What happens next with proper names?

What happens next with proper names?

Posted on February 25, 2013 by admin
http://www.simasius.lt/ In the media, Lithuanian politicians increasingly express their opinions concerning the original spelling of names and surnames. Remigijus Šimašius, former Minister of Justice, voices his opinion in an article entitled “We lost our way between Warsaw and Vilnius”, which he has recently posted on his blog (http://www.simasius.lt/). The politician perceives the existing situation as unjust, with issues regarding internal politics and human rights becoming part of external politics. A name is something every man gets from their family, above all from their parents;...
The Foundation organized the meeting to discuss changing the spelling of surnames.

The Foundation organized the meeting to discuss changing the spelling of surnames.

Posted on February 19, 2013 by admin
It is widely known that the Lithuanian law – which regulates the issue of name/surname spelling in official documents, as well as any spelling changes – is very complicated. The petitioner’s claims are limited by a number of conditions that have to be fulfilled. This is why the procedures connected with changing the spelling of surnames may seem very difficult to many citizens. The Foundation states that the right to spell one’s surname in accordance with the spelling rules of one’s native language is the fundamental right of every citizen of a democratic country. The Foundation...
Nobody will be punished for writing “hairdresser” or “shop”

Nobody will be punished for writing “hairdresser” or “shop”

Posted on February 13, 2013 by admin
Now, nobody can be afraid of being punished for writing anything in Polish, Belorussian or Russian. The aim of writing in other languages is to improve the quality of services for tourists and to encourage more tourism to Lithuania. The adoption of the new legislation allows traders to advertise their business in any language they choose. Next to advertisements in the official language it is now possible to include different information or vocal recordings about the business in a foreign language without the fear of being fined. So far the regulations prohibited these types of...
More contradictions in law on cases of original names and surnames spelling

More contradictions in law on cases of original names and surnames spelling

Posted on February 13, 2013 by admin
EFHR has received another official statement of statistical data about non-Lithuanian surnames registered in Lithuania from the Bureau of Population Records (Gyventojų registro tarnyba prie VRM). What the statistics seem to prove is just as surprising as the previous statement (more information is available here: http://en.efhr.eu/2012/12/28/w-lawful-in-lithuania-after-all/). According to the official statement, it is possible to register names and surnames in Lithuania with the letters “x” and “q” – such as Alexander, Oxana, Lacroix. Such statistical data all the more...
Invitation for an information meeting: do I have the right to the original spelling of my name and surname?

Invitation for an information meeting: do I have the right to the original spelling of my name and surname?

Posted on February 11, 2013 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
The European Foundation of Human Rights cordially invites everyone to an information meeting – ‘How to change the name – a step-by-step guide.’ The meeting is directed to everyone interested in benefiting from one of the fundamental human rights – the original spelling of their name and/or surname. The meeting will be attended by a qualified lawyer who will present the legal possibilities in this regard. In addition, an expert of the Foundation – Dr. Łukasz Wardyn, will give a talk on the activities conducted by the EFHR in 2013. Interestingly, there were almost 8,800 cases were...
EFHR is not the victim – "Saw for the Poles” case continued

EFHR is not the victim – “Saw for the Poles” case continued

Posted on February 10, 2013 by admin
Some time ago, the European Foundation of Human Rights came across an outrageous group on social networking site Facebook called “Saw for the Poles”, which aimed to share all sorts of offensive content regarding Polish people. Their motto was “Shiv a pole while he’s young!” EFHR submitted a claim about the group and following that, the Regional Prosecution Office of Lithuania announced that they had started an official investigation into the matter, led by the Vilnius Constabulary....
Anti-Hate Speech Movement Training

Anti-Hate Speech Movement Training

Posted on February 06, 2013 by admin
The Department of Youth of the Council of Europe would like to invite all young internet activists interested in cases of human rights violations, violence in general, aggression, discrimination and racism to apply for participation in a series of free training courses that are set to take place between February 2013 and March 2014 in Budapest, as well as on-line. Recruitment continues until 7th February 2013. The aim of this training is the development of the competencies and skills of 30 activists, who then will take action against spreading hate speech in their network and concern...
We encourage you to participate in international training courses in Poland!

We encourage you to participate in international training courses in Poland!

Posted on February 01, 2013 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
Estonian Foundation Noored Ühiskonna Heaks offers trainings entitled ‘CoexEast’, which will take place in March 13 – 20 this year in Bielsko-Biała, Poland. CoexEst – is an international project with the primary objective to analyse the problems of discrimination and xenophobia in a globalised world.  There will be also discussed other topics such as intercultural and interreligious dialogue, democracy, European awareness and citizenship, human rights. The training is organised to broaden the participants’ knowledge in the areas of the issues mentioned, creation of...