Archive for March, 2013

We invite you to participate in the International Summer Academy for Peace and Intercultural Dialogue!

We invite you to participate in the International Summer Academy for Peace and Intercultural Dialogue!

Posted on March 31, 2013 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
The Institute for Peace and Dialogue organises the International Summer Academy for Peace and Intercultural Dialogue. The training will take place between 1st and 11th September 2013 in Vienna (Austria). The main objective of the training is supporting institutionalised education for peace, and gaining abilities and experience in intercultural dialogue. The target groups, which can apply for participation in the training include: representatives of governmental institutions and international non-governmental organisations, diplomats, members of political parties, independent mediators,...
Professor Fernand de Varennes visits Lithuania

Professor Fernand de Varennes visits Lithuania

Posted on March 31, 2013 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
One of the most famous experts in defending human rights, professor Fernand de Varennes has visited Lithuania. He is considered one of the best specialists in the domain of linguistic human rights. His most famous works, for which he was distinguished, are Language, Minorities and Human Rights (1996) and A Guide to the Rights of Minorities and Language (2001). He commented the present complicated situation of the Polish national minority in Lithuania in an objective way,. He pointed out that Lithuania has ratified the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities, which...
Trainings „Diversity among us”

Trainings „Diversity among us”

Posted on March 31, 2013 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
A diversity policy, if introduced in a sensible way, may become a source of comfort for people working in an institution or a company, independently on their gender, race, sexual orientation or physical state. During the trainings, the organisers were trying to show the importance of open and diverse society and the sense of the human rights. The Lithuanian Centre for Human Rights (Lietuvos žmogaus Teisių centras) together with the Lithuanian Forum for the Disabled (Lietuvos neįgaliųjų forumas) were the organisers. Among the participants there were for instance The Institute of Social...
Another criminal penalty for a comment in the cyberspace

Another criminal penalty for a comment in the cyberspace

Posted on March 31, 2013 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
The Adminisative Court of Raseiniai ordered a criminal penalty for an inhabitant of Raseinai as punishment for a humiliating comment that publicly encouraged hatred and nationality-based discrimination. Once again we see the effects of the campaign run by the European Foundation of Human Rights concentrating on submitting claims to the prosecution service (for more info: http://en.efhr.eu/category/our-activities/wins/) The commentary was published on an website called www.15min.lt under the title of „Polish nationalists rejected the Lithuanian invitation to friendship“ (lit. tłum....
Stop the increase of racism and discrimination!

Stop the increase of racism and discrimination!

Posted on March 29, 2013 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
The European Action Week Against Racism is coordinated by a network of non-governmental organisations, called UNITED for Intercultural Action. The week takes place every year on 21st March, in the context of the Day of Fighting Racial Discrimination, which was established by the UN. It is important to promote in the society the idea of tolerating and respecting all people, independently on personal needs and feelings; paying attention to a person and his or her dignity, without considering social differences that is ethnic origins, skin colour, health condition, religion and philosophy of...
A week against racism

A week against racism

Posted on March 13, 2013 by admin
Changes in today’s society are taking place faster and faster. The meaning of terms such as state, nation, Europe are evolving slowly but inevitably. It can be openly said that the concept of national states from the 19th century is now outdated. In the Europe of today, there are no mono–ethnic countries. Historical influences, labour migration, tourism, business globalization etc. make people of different nationalities change their places of living for various reasons, settle in areas inhabited by other peoples and, in general, travel much more than they travelled in the past. Contact...
The results of EFHR activity during past conferences

The results of EFHR activity during past conferences

Posted on March 01, 2013 by admin
The interest in the Polish minority in Lithuania is still growing, even on the international stage. Dr László Marácz has analysed the situation of Polish people in Lithuania. The author of the article “Poles in Lithuania” observes that recently Polish-Lithuanian relations are very tense. Moreover, Brussels and Washington are also dissatisfied with the ensuing situation between  the two countries. Even non-aligned Sweden is concerned. OSCE High Commissioner for Minorities Kurt Vollebaek was sent to Lithuania in order to settle this conflict. However, so far, he has not...