Archive for July, 2013

Referendum on farmland contrary to EU law

Referendum on farmland contrary to EU law

Posted on July 30, 2013 by admin
The European Foundation of Human Rights answers to the referendum planned to take place in October, concerning free movement of capital in the Republic of Lithuania and the consequences of the postulates launched in connection with the referendum and constitutional changes. The running of the referendum and, consequently, the introduction of an amendment to article 47 of the Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania contradict the European Union law concerning free movement of capital, in this case – agricultural land and forests. When Lithuania joined the European Union in 2004, it was a...
Free training on International Human Rights!

Free training on International Human Rights!

Posted on July 26, 2013 by admin
The European Foundation of Human Rights is pleased to invite You to International Human Rights Training on 5- 6thof August 2013, during which participants will have the opportunity to deepen their practical and theoretical knowledge on European and International Human Rights law. During the training case law from European Court of Human Rights and Court of Justice of European Union will be analyzed and participants will have a chance to share their practices and experience with other participants. The lecture will be held in English, on 5-6th August 2013 starting at 14.00 in the headquarters...
“Nationality in passport”

“Nationality in passport”

Posted on July 25, 2013 by admin
The European Foundation of Human Rights is curiously watching another debate about restoring the possibility of declaring one’s nationality in the Lithuanian passport. It is worth mentioning that the right to declare one’s nationality in the passport was guaranteed in article 2 of the Passport Issuance Regulations Act for the Citizens of the Republic of Lithuania from 1991. In 2003 the Sejmas of the Republic of Lithuania changed the law and ruled that the entry for the holder’s nationality was to be removed from the passport. Although the “nationality” section was removed from...
The 25th Jubilee Touristic Gathering of Poles in Lithuania is over

The 25th Jubilee Touristic Gathering of Poles in Lithuania is over

Posted on July 25, 2013 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
Between 19 and 21 July in Bieliškes (the Vilnius Region) near the Asveja lake there was the 25thJubilee Touristic Gathering of Poles in Lithuania. Participants and guests of the Jubilee Touristic Gathering of Poles in Lithuania had the chance to become acquainted with the activity of the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR). At the Foundation’s table they could find free brochures on human rights, the European Union, internship at the EFHR; they could also take home many gadgets. Everyone who needed legal aid could get free legal advice or make an appointment for a meeting at the...
Waneta Banel v. Lithuania

Waneta Banel v. Lithuania

Posted on July 24, 2013 by admin
On June 18th 2013 the European Court of Human Rights revealed its decision, according to which petitioner Waneta Banel won the case against Lithuania. The case was about circumstances of the death of Edgar — son of Ms W. Banel — the cause of which was negligence of the self-government of the city of Vilnius and a self-government’s company “Naujamiesčio būstas”. The tragedy occurred on June 5th 2005. Edgar, Ms Waneta Banel’s son, was playing with other children just next to the flat in which he lived. During the play in an abandoned house, three of the children went out to the...
President Dalia Grybauskaitė and the Polish issue

President Dalia Grybauskaitė and the Polish issue

Posted on July 23, 2013 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
The European Foundation of Human Rights watches the recent political activities of Dalia Grybauskaitė, the President of the Republic of Lithuania, in disbelief and with a sense of genuine disappointment. In her speeches and addresses delivered in front of the Sejmas, the President brings up the so-called Polish issues, which have now become synonymous with the issues important to Polish minorities in Lithuania, including the most controversial ones such as the standardised exam in the Lithuanian language and the legal regulation of the spelling of Polish surnames. In order to achieve her...
European Foundation of Human Rights on a project in Cyprus

European Foundation of Human Rights on a project in Cyprus

Posted on July 23, 2013 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
“Magnifying glass: debate on minorities’ problems!” – this is the topic of the latest project in which the European Foundation of Human Rights has participated in Larnaca, on Cyprus. The project was organised by the TDM 2000 organisation, which celebrated its 14th anniversary of foundation this year. The project was mainly based on working in groups and on integration between participants. Various matters related to problems faced by minorities in different European states were discussed. These were for instance legal matters, employment issues, living conditions and cases of...
Absurd argumentation of State Inspectorate of Language does not surprise anymore

Absurd argumentation of State Inspectorate of Language does not surprise anymore

Posted on July 23, 2013 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
“The present Lithuanian system of spelling foreign names and surnames according to how they sound is anachronistic and idiotic,” claims Egidijus Kūris – a lawyer, a prominent constitutional law expert, and the former president of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Lithuania (2002-2008). Still, however, the State Inspectorate of Language (Valstybinė kalbos inspekcija) arbitrarily interprets constitutional provisions such as the ruling of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Lithuania from 1999. Namely, having investigated the executive order of President Valdas Adamkus...
The Prime Minister of the Republic of Lithuania misleads whole nation

The Prime Minister of the Republic of Lithuania misleads whole nation

Posted on July 18, 2013 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
The head of the Lithuanian Government has no idea about the current situation associated with the unified final high school exam from the Lithuanian language. During his visit in the Political Saloon in the “Znad Wilii” (“Upon Neris”) Radio the Prime Minister said: “I don’t think that it is possible to go back to the previous version of the bill on education, according to which the exams from the Lithuanian language and literature were different for Lithuanian and non-Lithuanian schools.”. Moreover, a lot of controversy among representatives of the Polish national minority was...
EFHR on the International Festival of Contemporary Dance

EFHR on the International Festival of Contemporary Dance

Posted on July 15, 2013 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
On July 6th in Šalčininkai there was the first International Festival of Contemporary Dance. The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) organised a trip to the park in Šalčininkai, in order to celebrate the event and make the citizens of Šalčininkai acquainted with the Foundation’s work. The tent attracted many people, among whom there were both citizens of the city and guests, participating in the event. As always, the EFHR has provided the visitors with free informational materials (brochures, leaflets, gadgets etc.), which were very popular among the passers-by. Those who...
The EFHR meets the Advisory Council to discuss applying of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

The EFHR meets the Advisory Council to discuss applying of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

Posted on July 15, 2013 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) has recently met the Advisory Council in order to discuss the issue of applying the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities. During this meeting some of the most topical questions related to the protection of human rights of the national minorities have been covered. Lithuania have not had a legislation regulating the rights of the national minorities since 2010, which results in the far-reaching consequences. Some already existing legal regulations can be executed only on the basis of this not existing legislation, the...
A restriction on freedom  for one year for the comment in the Internet

A restriction on freedom  for one year for the comment in the Internet

Posted on July 11, 2013 by admin
The fact that an offender cannot avoid the punishment is one of the basic rules of the criminal law. It is said that sooner or later the citizen will be punished for a committed offence. The European Foundation of Human Rights patiently adhere to this principle. While alarming the appropriate institutions about the infringement of human rights, the Foundation was informed about another warrant for an offensive comment`s author who is interested in a crowd psychology, propaganda and counter – propaganda. The Vilnius district court [Vilniaus miesto apylinkės teismas] issued a warrant for...
The tenth anniversary European Summer School has gone

The tenth anniversary European Summer School has gone

Posted on July 11, 2013 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
 During two weeks (June 25 – July 5) in Vilnius took place a summer school entitled “Harmonization or national identity: the future of law in Europe”. It is an unique international project of Faculty of Law at Vilnius University, Goethe University Frankfurt am Main (Germany) and Paris West University Nanterre La Défense (France). Professors of these three universities discussed with students and other school participants about the harmonization of law and other politic and legal up-to-date problems of the European Union. Among participants were students as well as newly employed...
Adjudgement concerning matura exam does not exclude the existence of different matura exams.

Adjudgement concerning matura exam does not exclude the existence of different matura exams.

Posted on July 09, 2013 by admin
June of the current year began with a decision of Lithuanian Supreme Administrative Court, which adjudged that concessions for students from ethnic minorities’ schools during a matura exam in Lithuanian language mandated by Lithuanian Minister of Education are illegal according to constitutional rule of equality (1st part of 29th article of the Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania). Decision of the Court is connected to the concessions mandated by minister of Education Dainius Pavalkis on 20th February 2013 in decree “About the change in the established programme of matura exam”...
EFHR on the XVII international conference „Science and the quality of life”

EFHR on the XVII international conference „Science and the quality of life”

Posted on July 05, 2013 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
On July 1st, the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR or Foundation) took part in the XVII international conference entitled „Science and the quality of life” organized by the utility institution “UNIVERSYTET STUDIORUM POLONA VILNENSIS” headed by the professor Romuald Brazis. The conference was divided into several sections, and its main goal was to introduce the participants to different kinds of science, starting with literature, law and politics and ending with genetics and its influence on the quality of human life. The conference ended with a mutual discussion while the...
The European Foundation of Human Rights is happy to rpesent a new member

The European Foundation of Human Rights is happy to rpesent a new member

Posted on July 04, 2013 by admin
Mark Siavris is a student of law at the Warsaw University. Living in Poland, he works actively for the Polish minotiry in Lithuania under the aegis of the Memoriae Fidelis association. In his opinion, „working in the Foundation is a great professional experience but also life experience. Since now, I am really close to important events and I can really help those, who need it most. During my internship at the EFHR I will have many opportunities to use the knowledge in practice, which is a great advantage in the career of a novice...
„Second Step“ in Moldova

„Second Step“ in Moldova

Posted on July 03, 2013 by admin
In the beginning of June European Foundation of Human Rights participated in “Second Step” organized by Danish United Nations Association in Moldova, “country of Miracles”.  Promoters from Romania, Georgia, Denmark, Lithuania, Ukraine, and Moldova were invited to attend a 10 – days training, based on non – formal learning, which objectives were to strengthen democracy and civic participation by building capacity of local youth NGOs. Experts and trainers from DUNA provided information about the basic elements of association (in context of Danish United Nations Association) and...