Archive for October, 2013

English information signs considered legal

English information signs considered legal

Posted on October 30, 2013 by admin
On 12 January 2013, the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) filed three complaints with the State Inspectorate of Language (Valstybinė kalbos inspekcija, VKI) about public information signs in Nida. By doing this, the EFHR confirmed and demonstrated the fact that depending on the language in question – whether Polish or other – the VKI interpretes the same articles of law in completely different ways. Indeed, its creativity seems to know no bounds.  The EFHR complained against public information signs in Nida which give the names of streets and objects in both Lithuanian and...
A representative of EFHR at the seminar in Warsaw

A representative of EFHR at the seminar in Warsaw

Posted on October 23, 2013 by admin
Between October 17 and 18 in Warsaw, a seminar for non-government organisations, which deal with problems of human rights, was held. The seminar was titled ‘Key Communication Principles of Watch Dogs Organisations: What Works?’ It was a part of a project ‘Strong Watch – Enhancing Performance of Controlling Organisations, Informal Groups and Citizens.’ There were more than 30 organisations taking part in the seminar, all of them dealing with the issues of human rights in Central-Eastern Europe and Baltic Sea countries. An assistant of the lawyer, Ewelina Baliko, represented European...
Inability of Lithuania to comply with international law

Inability of Lithuania to comply with international law

Posted on October 22, 2013 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) considers that Lithuania does not comply with its voluntarily accepted international obligations, further it does not implement decisions of international tribunals into its national law. However, according to the representatives of Lithuania in the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in comparison to other countries, Lithuania achieves satisfying, in some cases even better results. Despite the fact that this opinion can be surprising, even more interesting are the grounds on which the representatives base their considerations, as the statistics...
European Citizens' Initiative “Fraternité 2020”

European Citizens’ Initiative “Fraternité 2020”

Posted on October 21, 2013 by admin
European Foundation for Human Rights (EFHR) is pleased to invite you to support European Citizens’ Initiative Fraternite2020. The goal of the initiative is to enhance EU exchange programmes – such as Erasmus or the European Voluntary Service (EVS) – in order to contribute to a united Europe based on solidarity among citizens. Making these exchange programmes more attractive will enable more EU citizens to spend time in another member state and to find out what a united Europe means for them. Also, this experience will develop intercultural skills and cross-cultural understanding,...
EFHR raises the matter of bilingual voting cards

EFHR raises the matter of bilingual voting cards

Posted on October 14, 2013 by admin
At the end of August 2013, a bill concerning the amendment of the Article 58 – the Article of Act on Parliamentary Elections was introduced in the Lithuanian Parliament. It added to the provision of the above mentioned Article the statement that in constituencies where their inhabitants – the citizens of the Republic of Lithuania belonging to national minorities – represent no less than 10%, the voting cards shall be submitted in the language of this national minority as well (as the translation of voting cardsin the official language). The Parliament in the vote of 10...
Council of Europe information booklet "Learning and Living Democracy"

Council of Europe information booklet “Learning and Living Democracy”

Posted on October 12, 2013 by admin
European Foundation of Human Rights is pleased to invite you to read the new Council of Europe booklet in the series “Learning and Living Democracy”. These are not the first Council of Europe educational materials to explain the subject of human rights and democracy, including the key role of teachers in bringing about the subject. A new series of educational materials has been prepared as an aid for teachers to share knowledge about democracy and the ensuing rights and obligations available to the youngest citizens. Each instruction pack prepared in english is adjusted to the age...
Sometimes a job offer can be more than just a simple employment contract. Don’t let the employers trick you!

Sometimes a job offer can be more than just a simple employment contract. Don’t let the employers trick you!

Posted on October 03, 2013 by admin
Looking for a job in the Internet one can come across some dishonest employers. We can find different job offers but some of them may arouse suspicions. Such offers contain different forms of discrimination, on the basis of gender, age, nationality, religion, language, social background or beliefs. The European Foundation of Human Rights, observing the recurrence of such practices, decided to take on the responsibility for monitoring Internet job offers which are endangered to be discriminatory. After some time of this action first results can be seen. The employers get the warnings from the...
New EFHR trainee

New EFHR trainee

Posted on October 02, 2013 by admin
Irena Klimowa, a new trainee at the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR), comes from Moldova and is currently doing a Ph.D. at the Institute of Political Science of the Jagiellonian University in Cracow. She has been long interested in questions such as nationalism, multiculturalism, models of immigrant integration, and gender studies. She is also very familiar with the issue of human rights and rights of national minorities. Irena’s internship at the EFHR is within the framework of the Erasmus Programme, which offers grants to students doing internship in foreign European...
Let’s break the stereotypes about minorities in Lithuania!

Let’s break the stereotypes about minorities in Lithuania!

Posted on October 01, 2013 by admin
The fact of inciting the feeling of hatred, further intensified by the mass media, has become easily noticeable in recent years. Hateful comments appearing in a public space exert a significant influence on society. National hostility, racial discrimination, social exclusion – these are just few examples showing how the media change the society. Violeta Palionis, representative of the EFHR, took part in a training ‘Cooperation with the media in diminishing hate’, held September 26-28 in Druskininkai. The training was led by Žydrė Dargužytė, Ruth Budinavičiūtė and Nadeem Ahmad...
Last summer excursions of EFHR this year

Last summer excursions of EFHR this year

Posted on October 01, 2013 by admin
photo. zw.lt On September 28, Pikeliškės held the 18th harvest festival of Vilnius District Municipality. Therefore, the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) organized a trip to Pikeliškės next to the former residence of Marshal Józef Piłsudski to celebrate this holiday and introduce the inhabitants of Pikeliškės to its activity. The very next day (29th of September), in the House of Polish Culture in Vilnius , the Foundation took part in an unusual jubilee party – 25 years of units of the Association of Poles in Lithuania that were created between 1988-1990. During festivals...