Archive for June, 2013

EFHR still fights hate speech in the Internet

EFHR still fights hate speech in the Internet

Posted on June 26, 2013 by admin
The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) has received information about one more criminal order being issued for the author of an offensive comment, based on the Foundation’s applications directed to the General Prosecutor’s Office. The court of the Skuodo district (Skuodo rajono apylinkės teismas) has issued the third criminal order for A.V. for public inciting of racial hatred and national discrimination, humiliating the Polish minority. On June 13th, 2012 on the www.facebook.com social service on the www.sportas.lt website, A.V. published a comment to the article „Polscy...
Whose rights have primacy?

Whose rights have primacy?

Posted on June 19, 2013 by admin
On March 11th 2013 in Vilnius, on Gedimino prospektas, there was an action during which everyone could participate in a free game. Although the weather was not perfect, people were participating willingly. The event was interrupted by an unsanctioned march. As we can see on the video recording, placed on www.delfi.pl website (http://tv.delfi.lt/video/UcLwTjRu/), the march forced the organisers to stop the event until it was gone. In relation to the situation that occurred comes a question whether the rights of those who marched are more important than other people’s right to participate in...
„47 countries and one organisation… The Council of Europe” brochure is being distributed!

„47 countries and one organisation… The Council of Europe” brochure is being distributed!

Posted on June 14, 2013 by admin
On request of the Council of Europe, the European Foundation for Human Rights has prepared a Polish and a Lithuanian version of the Council of Europe’s another educational brochure entitled „47 countries and one organisation… The Council of Europe”. (Here you can read about the previous one: http://en.efhr.eu/council-of-europe-education-pack/). The brochure has been prepared for young people mainly, so that they can become acquainted with the key issues with which the Council of Europe is concerned, and in particulars with respect for democracy, justice, democratic citizenship, sport...
EFHR’s workshops at schools in May

EFHR’s workshops at schools in May

Posted on June 14, 2013 by admin
The lectures were given by dr. Łukasz Wardyn – an expert in international law dealing with issues connected to human rights and national minorities. During the lectures, key issues, such as the notion of democracy and its faces in the today’s world, the importance of election and voting and of being an active citizen were addressed. The problems associated with human rights and specificity of citizenship’s values such as good reputation and equality based on different foundations were discussed. Moreover, students could learn about the EFHR’s activity, court cases that were won and...
Thorbjorn Jagland’s visit in Lithuania

Thorbjorn Jagland’s visit in Lithuania

Posted on June 13, 2013 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
The Secretary General of the Council of Europe came to Lithuania. Apart from discussing with President Dalia Grybauskaitė some matters related to Lithuania’s presidency that comes soon he also criticised a few aspects associated with human rights. He emphasized that Lithuania is a sovereign state and it meets almost all European standards. However, he stressed that in some aspects Lithuania still does not keep up with other European countries. First he mentioned the lack of respect for the rights of minorities. The electoral system in Lithuania also deserves critique. On its basis, borders...
A new member in EFHR

A new member in EFHR

Posted on June 13, 2013 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) is happy to introduce its new team member. Viktoria Kvilitaja has started a half a year lasting Leonardo da Vinci programme, funded by the European Union, which aims at supporting greater working mobility of students within Europe and at encouraging young people to gain new knowledge and skills and, furthermore, at enhancing the competitiveness of the European labour market. Viktoria holds a Bachelor Degree in European Studies and International Relations (Portsmouth University, the UK). This summer she graduated from Leiden University (the...
European Foundation of Human Rights is looking for a translator!

European Foundation of Human Rights is looking for a translator!

Posted on June 12, 2013 by admin
The European Foundation of Human Rights in a public organization headquartered in Vilnius,  and functioning on a non-profit basis. The main aim of our undertakings in promoting civic activities and striving for respecting the rights of socially marginalized groups either because of their ethnic origin, social status, religion, or gender. The European Foundation of Human Rights is looking for translators from Lithuanian to Polish and from Polish to Lithuanian. Translations are paid on the basis of the invoice issued. If you are interested in working as a translator, send your CV together with...
EFHR lecture in the University of the third age in Vilnius

EFHR lecture in the University of the third age in Vilnius

Posted on June 05, 2013 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
May 26 this year in the House of Polish Culture (DKP) European Foundation for Human Rights (EFHR) was pleased to provide a great group of Polish lecture at the University of the Third Age in Vilnius under the leadership of Asst. Dr. Richard Kuzma. We were greeted by about 50 person group of students who are interested in the protection of human rights and the fight against discrimination of national minorities. The lecture was dedicated to the Foundation’s activities, our initiatives, projects and plans for the future. We’ve been talking about the issues of the protection of human...
EFHR on the UNITED training

EFHR on the UNITED training

Posted on June 05, 2013 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) took part in the international conference UNITED for the second time. The conference was held in Lithuanian city of Trakai this time. The objective of the meeting was to discuss diversity – multiple and intersectional discrimination. Definition and problem of discrimination, racism and equality has been on agenda for a long time at both EU and, at the national level of many countries as well.  But the problem of multiple and intersectional discrimination is rarely taken into consideration.  People could be discriminated on various grounds...
Freedom House changes its report about Lithuania on EFHR’s application

Freedom House changes its report about Lithuania on EFHR’s application

Posted on June 03, 2013 by admin
Thanks to efforts of the European Foundation for Human Rights (EFHR) one of the world’s biggest organisations for democracy, Freedom House, has changed its report from the current year. In the report on Lithuania, which is available at http://www.freedomhouse.org/report/freedom-world/2013/lithuania the fragment “The rights of ethnic minorities, who comprise about 16 percent of the population, are legally protected (…)” was removed. Text before the change Text after the change The rights of ethnic minorities, who comprise about 16 percent of the population, are legally...
Lithuanian language under better constitutional protection

Lithuanian language under better constitutional protection

Posted on June 03, 2013 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
Currently in Lithuania protection of the national language – its usage, correctness and the way in which it should be taken care of – is regulated by the act on the official language of the Republic of Lithuania. However, the spokesman of the Lithuanian Seimas, Vydas Gedvilas, together with members of the Seimas Committee of Education, Schooling and Culture has prepared a constitutional bill, which is supposed to guarantee full functioning in all areas of public life and also support the EU’s attempts to preserve linguistic and cultural variety. The current act on the official language...