Archive for September, 2013

Lithuanian courts still ignore international law

Lithuanian courts still ignore international law

Posted on September 27, 2013 by admin
Situations in which national law is not able to provide citizens with respect for their rights and freedom guaranteed by international law are rare, but still exist. How do Lithuanian courts act in such situations and who takes full responsibility for this? June 28th, 2013, a member of Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania, Tadeusz Tuczkowski was punished by Trakai District Court with a fine of 500 Lt for organizing an unsanctioned rally. National law provides for the obligation to apply for a permit in appropriate local government at least 5 working days before the planned gathering. The...
Report from the Central Europe Youth Forum in Tarnów

Report from the Central Europe Youth Forum in Tarnów

Posted on September 26, 2013 by admin
In every country young people are a very important and numerous social group. Following the statement: “nothing about us without us”, decision-makers should listen to the needs of society and respect its rights. Organized for the third time the Central Youth Forum in Tarnów brought together the youth from the Central Europe: Lithuania, Poland, Ukraine, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Moldova, Serbia, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Violeta Palionis, the representative of the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) had the privilege to take part in this international project. Plenty of...
Civic education project kicks off!

Civic education project kicks off!

Posted on September 24, 2013 by admin
The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) is pleased to invite the teachers and the students of tenth to twelfth grade of Polish schools to take part in the innovative educational project called “European, Poles, Citizens”. The long-term aim of the project is to increase civic awareness and rights of national minorities among young Polish people in Lithuania. In the first stage of the project the civics textbook in Polish has been created in cooperation with the experts from Poland and Lithuania as well as the teachers from Polish schools in Lithuania. The current project, which is a...
International Day of Peace

International Day of Peace

Posted on September 20, 2013 by admin
Since 1982 we have been celebrating the International Day of Peace. You must be wondering how all of this started. The International Day of Peace was established largely due to the United Kingdom and Costa Rica that sponsored the resolution 36/67 passed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1981. In 1982 it was observed for the first time. Initially, the International Day of Peace was held every third Tuesday of September – on an opening day of the annual sessions of the United Nations General Assembly. Nevertheless, in 2001 a fixed date of celebration has been set on September...
Trainings for teachers have come to an end

Trainings for teachers have come to an end

Posted on September 14, 2013 by admin
Between the 6th – 7th, and 13th – 14th September in the headquarter of the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR), there were the free trainings for the teachers of history and social studies from the Polish schools in Lithuania carried out. The trainings were organized by EFHR within implementing the innovative educational project “Europeans, Poles, Citizens”. The aim of the project is to implement the modern curriculum for teaching the subject “Social Studies”, which is intended to shape the civic attitude among the Polish youth in Lithuania by means of the radio broadcasts...
Lectures on human rights in Polish schools

Lectures on human rights in Polish schools

Posted on September 13, 2013 by admin
The traditional free trainings on human rights, organized by the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) in Polish schools in Lithuania, are over. Knowledge about society and human rights were deepened by the students of the 7 Polish schools both in Vilnius, and in the Vilnius district. The lecturers were given in the secondary school the name of Wl. Syrkomla, in the middle school of John Paul II in Vilnius, in the middle school the name of Konstanty Parczewski in Niemenczyn, and in the middle school the name of Ferdynand Ruszczyc in Rudamin. The main recipients were the students in grades...
The Resolution of the European Parliament calling for the protection of European languages in the EU

The Resolution of the European Parliament calling for the protection of European languages in the EU

Posted on September 12, 2013 by admin
On 11th September 2013, the European Parliament (the EP) adopted the Resolution on Endangered European Languages and Linguistic Diversity in the European Union. The primary goal of this document is the protection of and the support to the cultural as well as linguistic heritage of the European Union (the EU), with the complete acknowledgement of diversity. The European Foundation of Human Rights (the EFHR) welcomed the adoption of the abovementioned resolution with gladness. The EFHR supports it completely and hopes that the governments and the appropriate state-run institutions will act in...
www.lrytas.lt editorial office amends article following EFHR claim

www.lrytas.lt editorial office amends article following EFHR claim

Posted on September 11, 2013 by admin
On the 30th of July 2013 webpage lrytas.lt (www.lrytas.lt) has posted an article titled “J. Panka brave against gay men, but not against Polish hooligans”, in which the potential behaviour of polish football club Lech Poznań supporters and the members of the Lithuanian Nationalist Youths Association before the second round of UEFA Europa League match between Lech Poznań and Žalgiris Vilnius, was described. On the 28th of August, the EFHR submitted a claim to the editorial office of Lietuvos rytas, in which it asked for the title of the above mentioned article to be changed. In the...
Lithuania loves Poland

Lithuania loves Poland

Posted on September 11, 2013 by admin
Internet action aiming to eliminate the lack of trust between the two nations. Poles admit to and reprove the hooligan act carried out by the supporters the Lech Poznan football club. This fact is confirmed by the action organised by the Polish newspaper ‘Gazeta Wyborcza’, during which signatures were taken for a letter of apology to Lithuania, for the amoral behaviour of the aforementioned Polish football fans. The mentioned action does indeed prove that Poland is not an indifferent country and does show willingness to maintain friendly relations in terms of communication, with other...
Encouraging physical violence still taking place in the cyberspace?

Encouraging physical violence still taking place in the cyberspace?

Posted on September 10, 2013 by admin
The campaign ran by the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) against insulting comments on the internet has so far been successful and led to yet another warrant. The regional court of Alytaus (Alytaus rajono apylinkės teismas) has given an order against V.L. for public encouragement of physical violence and aggression on racial background that was aimed against dark-skinned persons. On the 10th of February 2013, V.L. under the nickname ‘Kunigas’ published a comment on the internet portal of www.15min.lt that read “Visus negrus susaudyt”. The court has ordered a penalty of 1950...
False information on financing Lithuanian schools in Poland

False information on financing Lithuanian schools in Poland

Posted on September 06, 2013 by admin
European Foundation of Human Rights, paying attention to the appearing on the page ekspertai.eu information concerning financing Lithuanian schools in Poland, would like to point out that information provided is incorrect, as it makes an impression that only the Lithuanian side is responsible for educational institutions of the Lithuanian minority… Reverberant in the media of both countries was the information about this year’s Lithuanian transferring funds of 400 thousand litas (about 116 thousand euro) for the maintenance of the Lithuanian schools in Poland. In addition, there were...
Free trainings for teachers of social studies!

Free trainings for teachers of social studies!

Posted on September 03, 2013 by admin
We would like to invite teachers from the Polish schools to take part in implementation of the innovative educational project called “Europeans, Poles, Citizens”. The aim of the project is to implement the new curriculum of teaching social studies that would shape the attitude of citizenship among the youth in Lithuania. In 2012, with the help of, among others, the teachers from the Polish schools in Lithuania, the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR), in cooperation with the Modern Pole Foundation, was able to pass the new social studies textbook to the Polish schools in Lithuania....
EFHR trip campaign coming to an end

EFHR trip campaign coming to an end

Posted on September 01, 2013 by admin
The European Foundation of Human Rights’ two-week campaign of trips has come to an end on last Saturday on the Vilnius City Hall square. Between the 21st and the 31st of August, EFHR’s officials represented the Foundation in towns and villages of the Vilnius region, on a daily basis. The inhabitants of Nemenčinė, Bezdonys, Trakai, Lentvaris, Rudamina, Juodšiliai, Jašiūnai, Pabradė, Mickūnai and Lavoriškai had an opportunity to discover in detail the Foundation’s work, possibilities of legal aid and the won cases under the EFHR’s lead. The Foundation’s stall with free...