Archive for November, 2013

Towards intercultural education

Towards intercultural education

Posted on November 28, 2013 by admin
Representatives of the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) attended a meeting held within the framework of the ‘LOOK – A MAN! Towards Intercultural Education’ project, which took place on November 19 in Vilnius. The project was run by the Podlaskie Voivodeship Marshal’s Office and funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The aim of the meeting was the presentation of the now-completed project and a discussion about potential cooperation at international level. Among the leaders were Anatol Wap, head of the Department of Culture and National Heritage, and several...
Alternative NGO Report on Lithuania’s Implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

Alternative NGO Report on Lithuania’s Implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

Posted on November 28, 2013 by admin
Summary of the Report: The European Foundation of Human Rights’ (EFHR) alternative report aims to highlight the protection of minorities since Lithuania’s ratification of the Framework Convention for the Protection of the Rights of National Minorities (the ‘FCNM’) on 17 February 2000 (the treaty came into force in Lithuania on 1 July 2000). This report also provides data and documents that might be useful in better assessing Lithuania’s compliance with its legal obligations under this treaty. It should be emphasized that the criticism and praise it contains is offered in the hope...
Cooperation with Swedish organization established

Cooperation with Swedish organization established

Posted on November 26, 2013 by admin
During the international conference UNITED ‘ Rethinking diversity’ in May this year the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) has established cooperation with the Swedish organization Uppsala Antidiscrimination Office (Diskrimineringsbyrån Uppsala), in order to exchange experience. The meeting of a lawyer assistant Ewelina Baliko, who represented EFHR, with the representatives of the Swedish organization Uppsala Anti-Discrimination Office took place on 11th November. The Swedish organization was represented by a lawyer Linda Awersrted. The meeting was organized within the...
The author of the comment that discriminates the Polish minority under the curators supervision

The author of the comment that discriminates the Polish minority under the curators supervision

Posted on November 21, 2013 by admin
Freedom of speech is guaranteed in the law of every democratic country as well as in international legal documents. However, it does not mean that they should be overused or used inconsiderately – offending or hurting people. The European Foundation of Human Rights campaign against abusive comments on the Internet has turned out to be a big success and led to another won case. On the internet site www.lrytas.lt, under the article dated December 10, 2012, a citizen of Lithuania R.P. under the nickname “Neo25”, published a derogatory comment on the Polish minority group. The...
Decreasing number of discriminatory job offers

Decreasing number of discriminatory job offers

Posted on November 21, 2013 by admin
European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) is glad about growing awareness of Lithuanians about the right to equal opportunities of all citizens. EFHR monitors cyber space and as the only non-governmental organization in Lithuania helps to punish the authors of discriminatory and insulting comments in the Internet. Considering the issues from the several previous years  (number of registered insulting comments and motions put forward) EFHR ascertains that  the number of discriminatory utterances in the Internet, including job offers, is decreasing. Article 8th of the Equal Treatment Act...
EFHR at international conference „Combating hate crime in the EU”

EFHR at international conference „Combating hate crime in the EU”

Posted on November 14, 2013 by admin
The Conference of Fundamental Rights was organised within the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. This year’s edition entitled „Combating hate crime in the EU” took place on 12th and 13th November in Vilnius. Over 400 participants, including experts in the field of international law, representatives of European Union offices and institution, non-governmental organisations, national governments, national organisations working in the field of human rights and equal possibilities, civil society organisations from all over Europe took part in the event. European...
Lectures on human rights being continued at schools

Lectures on human rights being continued at schools

Posted on November 13, 2013 by admin
Between 11th and 13th November 2013 on the initiative of European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) next series of lectures on human rights issues took place. This time the lectures were given by two experts on human rights, namely PhD Laura Koba and professor Wiesław Wacławczyk. The lectures were addressed to the children from primary schools and students of high schools from Vilnius Region. This time the lecturers together with the EFHR’s representatives visited St. U. Ledóchowska high school in Czarny Bór, high school in Awiżenie, S. Kostek high school in Podbrzezie, M. Zdziechowski...
Get to know your rights

Get to know your rights

Posted on November 13, 2013 by admin
European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) is a non-governmental organization established in order to deal with worsening state of obeying human and national minorities rights in Lithuania. The Foundation’s aim is to improve this situation through the promotion of equality rules, changes in obeying human rights and also by direct help for the sufferers. The most exposed to discrimination are those who don’t know much about their rights, don’t know how to defend themselves nor have a general view on the subject. Being aware of the situation the Foundation is engaged in informing the...
EFHR promoting an International Day Against Discrimination

EFHR promoting an International Day Against Discrimination

Posted on November 11, 2013 by admin
On 9th of November, an International Day against Discrimination and an International Day Against Fascism and Antisemitism was honored. European Foundation for Human Rights (EFHR ) organized some activities to support an international campaign against discrimination promoted by UNITED. Due to a large number of cases of national discrimination in the whole country, it is necessary to take actions in order to promote tolerance and equal treatment of members of different nationalities in Lithuania. Politically and socially active extremely nationalist movements, media hostility and offensive...
Handcuffs put on human rights organisations

Handcuffs put on human rights organisations

Posted on November 11, 2013 by admin
The Supreme Administrative Court of Lithuania adopted another decision, which confirms conclusions of national and international reports on the subject of human rights violations in Lithuania. This time, the Court’s victims in the area of administrative issues are human rights watch organisations in Lithuania. Consequently, The Supreme Administrative Court of Lithuania put handcuffs on all such organisations, preventing them from fighting for human rights in the courts. On the 17th of September 2012, the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) lodged a complaint to Służby Kontrolera...
EFHR for the third time participated in a conference organised by UNITED

EFHR for the third time participated in a conference organised by UNITED

Posted on November 07, 2013 by admin
Between October 25th and 30th, 2013, another conference of UNITED took place in Prague. Its topic was “Wipe Out Hate! UNITED in Solidarity.” It was already the third UNITED conference to which the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) was invited. This time a particular attention was paid to populism and the upcoming elections to the European Parliament, which will be held between 22nd and 25th of May, 2014. Political and social situation indicates that political parties more often use populist methods. Issues associated with economic problems and Nazi slogans are used by parties in...
Dear European citizen, what do you know about your rights?

Dear European citizen, what do you know about your rights?

Posted on November 06, 2013 by admin
The idea of the European citizenship first came up in 1947, the time in which the whole concept of the European Union was being formed. However, it was actually created in the Treaty of European Union, which entered into force in 1993. Art. 9 of the Treaty states that ‘every person holding the nationality of an EU Member State is now also automatically a citizen of the European Union.’ It is important, because being a European citizen we have defined rights and obligations. Do we know them and do we know how to use them? Are we aware of its practical dimension and influence on us as...
European Civic Initiative „F2020” has ended

European Civic Initiative „F2020” has ended

Posted on November 06, 2013 by admin
On the 1st of November European Civic Initiative FRATERNITE2020 (F2020 )has ended. The aim of the initiative was mainly rationalization of European exchange programmes – the kind of Erasmus or European Voluntary Service (EVS) – as to contribute to bigger unification of Europe, based on citizens’ solidarity. During the whole year citizens of all European Union’s countries were ought to collect 1 million signings supporting F2020. European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) was the only organization from Lithuania, which took charge over the sponsorship of F2020 and showed support to the...
The case of bilingual street signs once again

The case of bilingual street signs once again

Posted on November 04, 2013 by admin
The campaign against bilingual street signs is still on. The Foundation has numerously informed about the many steps (including courts) of various national institutions (especially the National Language Inspectorate) aiming to remove street signs with the names of streets in the Polish language, which are common in areas densely populated by the Polish national minority in Lithuania. The new decision of the Vilnius District Court, announced on October 28th, about the case of bilingual signs with street names, is a punishment of a director of Administration of the Self-Governing Body of the...
EFHR workshop on human rights

EFHR workshop on human rights

Posted on November 04, 2013 by admin
On 28-30 October European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) organized the next series of meetings covering, in a broad sense, such topics as civil education and human rights. This time the lectures were addressed to 3 groups only: children from orphanages, students and the elderly. Tutors and institutions’ headmasters also took part in the workshop willingly. The lectures were held by an expert on human rights, Ph.D. Laura Koba. Over 200 people extended their knowledge of human rights issues. During the meetings the crucial problems of human and children’s rights were discussed as well as...