English information signs considered legal

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…

A representative of EFHR at the seminar in Warsaw

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…

Inability of Lithuania to comply with international law

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…

European Citizens’ Initiative “Fraternité 2020”

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…

EFHR raises the matter of bilingual voting cards

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…

Council of Europe information booklet “Learning and Living Democracy”

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.…

New EFHR trainee

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…

Let’s break the stereotypes about minorities in Lithuania!

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,…

Last summer excursions of EFHR this year

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),…