Archive for December, 2013

President sees no difference between national minorities and migrants

President sees no difference between national minorities and migrants

Posted on December 23, 2013 by admin
On 19 December 2013, Dalia Grybauskaitė, the President of Lithuania, spoke in Brussels about the attempt to ‘reinstate’ the national minorities law which expired in 2009. A draft law, currently awaiting its second reading in the Lithuanian Seimas, is the latest effort to close the legal loophole in the area of protection of national minorities in Lithuania. President Dalia Grybauskaitė claimed that the reinstatement of the 1989 National Minorities Law would violate the 1992 Constitution of Lithuania; and be nothing other but a return to the post-Soviet era, or even the...
Final Ceremony of EFHR Competitions

Final Ceremony of EFHR Competitions

Posted on December 22, 2013 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
On December 21, a final gala of a student competition entitled ‘How do you understand Human Rights?’ and a summary of the project ‘The Europeans, Poles, Citizens’, organised by the European Foundation of Human Rights (ECHR) was held in the aula of a Runmis hotel. Implementation of the project the ‘Europeans, Poles, Citizens’, addressed to students in grades between 9 and 12, was launched in September this year. For 12 weeks the Radio Znad Willii was broadcasting special programmes devoted to one of the selected issues related to social studies. Moreover Vilnius Courier and Znad...
EFHR marks the International Human Rights Day with a training

EFHR marks the International Human Rights Day with a training

Posted on December 21, 2013 by admin
To mark the International Human Rights Day, on December 19 and 20 the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) held an open lecture and training in the field of human rights and international law. The training was given by a distinguished lawyer and expert in international law, professor Fernand de Varenness. During the lecture, which took place on December 19 at Kazimieras Simonavičius University, participants had an opportunity to extend their knowledge of the international system of human rights. Among covered topics were, e.g., social and legal situation of national minorities across...
EFHR offers psychological and legal support to children's homes

EFHR offers psychological and legal support to children’s homes

Posted on December 20, 2013 by admin
Representatives of the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) have frequently cooperated with children’s homes in Lithuania. Since the Foundation’s main focus is on national minorities, special attention has been paid to those institutions, where stay children belonging to such groups. Among other activities, we organised lectures and meetings for children with Dr Laura Koba and Prof. Wiesław Wacławczyk in homes in Šalčininkai, Pabradė and Nemenčinė, which mostly take into care children from Polish or Russian families. Eager to continue with these visits, we entered...
EFHR on the final ceremony at the Young Journalists Forum

EFHR on the final ceremony at the Young Journalists Forum

Posted on December 19, 2013 by admin
Representatives of the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) took part in the final ceremony of Polish-Lithuanian Forum of Young Journalists, which took place in the House of Polish Culture in Vilnius on Tuesday, December 17. The project participants were mixed teams of students from Lithuanian and Polish schools, who had to prepare together and present to the audience on December 17 a video- documentary on certain topics. In the project participated students from several Polish high schools in Lithuania in cooperation with the Polish high school students. First place took the team from...
The Inspector of Journalist Ethics has accepted EFHR's argumentation about the publication in the newspaper “Kurier Wileński”

The Inspector of Journalist Ethics has accepted EFHR’s argumentation about the publication in the newspaper “Kurier Wileński”

Posted on December 18, 2013 by admin
On 21st November, 2013 the Inspector of Journalist Ethics (Žurnalistų Etikos Inspektorius) issued a decision about a complaint of Kazimieras Garšva referring to the information in the article entitled “Sajūdis – transformacja legendy” (“Sajūdis – the transformation of a legend”) which was published in “Kurier Wileński”. The Inspector decided that the complaint filed by the leader of the  “Vilnija” organisation is unjustified. A newspaper’s position was prepared by European Foundation of Human Rights. On 18th June, 2013 the Office of the Inspector of...
EFHR enters into cooperation with the University of Applied Social Sciences in Lithuania

EFHR enters into cooperation with the University of Applied Social Sciences in Lithuania

Posted on December 16, 2013 by admin
The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) and the University of Applied Social Sciences (SMK) have signed an agreement on cooperation in the field of education, local partnership and scientific research. The SMK has been notably present on the Lithuanian stage for 18 years. Its close cooperation with businesses and local partners has brought benefits to both the students and the partners themselves. The University has carried out a plethora of national and international projects, improving the conditions of schooling, enabling students to visit foreign countries, giving them the best...
EFHR invites for a free training!

EFHR invites for a free training!

Posted on December 14, 2013 by admin
The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) is pleased to invite you to an International Human Rights Training Session on 19th and 20th of December 2013, during which participants will have the opportunity to deepen their practical and theoretical knowledge of European and International Human Rights law. The training is provided by human rights expert Dr Fernand de Varennes. It is addressed to lawyers, judges, NGOs, students and people working with vulnerable  groups as well as to all other people interested in these issues. The training is free of any additional costs charge (and...
EFHR at the meeting of human rights groups

EFHR at the meeting of human rights groups

Posted on December 14, 2013 by admin
On 13 December 2013, representatives of the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) took part in a meeting of leading NGOs campaigning for human rights protection and fighting discrimination in Baltic states. The meeting was attended by representatives of the Lithuanian Human Rights League, Lithuanian Human Rights Association, Association Centre for Research and Protection of Fundamental Rights from Lithuania, Latvian Human Rights Committee, Legal Information Centre for Human Rights from Estonia, and the European Foundation of Human Rights. The special guest was Serg Kollwelter, the...
Welcome to the grand final of the EFHR competition!

Welcome to the grand final of the EFHR competition!

Posted on December 14, 2013 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) cordially invites all participants of the project ‘Europeans, Poles, Citizens’ and the participants of the competition for children  ‘How do you understand Human Rights?’, together with their parents, teachers and friends for the gala, which will be held on December 21, 2013 at 13:00 in the hall of the Runmis Hotel, Liepkalnio St. 103 http://www.efhr.eu/kontakt/. During the ceremony both competitions will be summarised and the prizes will be awarded to the winners. In the meantime, the exhibition of works submitted to the...
EFHR invites for a free training!

EFHR invites for a free training!

Posted on December 13, 2013 by admin
The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) is pleased to invite you to an International Human Rights Training Session on 20th of December 2013, during which participants will have the opportunity to deepen their practical and theoretical knowledge of European and International Human Rights law. The lecture will be held in English on 20 December 2013, starting at 15:00. EFHR is looking forward to welcoming you at Liepkalnio g. 103, Vilnius.  The training is provided by human rights expert Dr Fernand de Varennes, It is addressed to lawyers, judges, NGOs, students and people working with...
A  green light to participate in the European Voluntary Service (EVS)

A green light to participate in the European Voluntary Service (EVS)

Posted on December 13, 2013 by admin
It is the European Foundation of Human Rights’ (EFHR) great pleasure to inform that the request of accreditation for EVS has got a favourable consideration. EFHR has now become a part of the project of youth exchange between European and partner countries (for instance Turkey, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway). EFHR can now host and send volunteers to non-governmental organizations. EVS was established to enable volunteers to acquire competencies and skills which influence their personal development. Gaining skills and acquiring knowledge in a foreign country, learning about its culture,...
A promise to set new boundaries of single-member constituencies is made

A promise to set new boundaries of single-member constituencies is made

Posted on December 12, 2013 by admin
© DELFI (A.Solomino nuotr.) European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) delivered a few notices and suggestions to the Central Electoral Commission (CEC) regarding their project, which takes notice of redefining new boundaries of Seimas’ single-member constituencies. Firstly, EFHR would like to note that boundaries of the constituencies set a year ago by the CEC, affected electorate of minorities in a negative way and caused a big apprehension within the society (http://en.efhr.eu/2012/08/14/european-foundation-of-human-rights-support-the-decision-of-osce/#more). Two constituencies,...
EFHR opinion on SLLC’s comments  on provisions of national minorities draft law

EFHR opinion on SLLC’s comments on provisions of national minorities draft law

Posted on December 10, 2013 by admin
On November 14, 2013 the State Lithuanian Language Commission (the SLLC) submitted its considerations and comments on the national minorities draft law opened for public consultations on October 28, 2013 (no. 13-335-01). In the opinion of the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR), the SLLC’s comments are both misleading and false. The SLLC begins with the statement that in its opinion “some provisions of the draft, if implemented, would infringe the status of the Lithuanian language as the state language”. The Commission inter alia refers to provisions of the draft that relate to...
Personal names can now retain original spelling in official documents

Personal names can now retain original spelling in official documents

Posted on December 09, 2013 by admin
The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) is pleased to announce that rules regulating the original spelling of given and family names in official documents in Lithuania have now been changed. These rules are laid down by the State Commission of the Lithuanian Language. The EFHR had frequently attempted to demonstrate the need for such a change. Since 24 October 2013, the state law of Lithuania allows to use the original spelling of foreign personal names also in official documents. Until now, this was only possible in scientific publications, advertisements, and informative or...
A pecuniary fine for two derogatory comments

A pecuniary fine for two derogatory comments

Posted on December 07, 2013 by admin
Another sentence of the court for the author of an offending commentary published on the Internet proves that even the anonymously made offenses can lead to serious consequences. Commonly known freedom of speech had its limits, as in the case of offenses given publicly. The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) campaign against abusive comments on the Internet has turned out to be a big success and led to another won case. District of Alytus Court (Alytaus rajono apylinkės teismas) announced a verdict for a citizen of Lityhuania, A. A. publicly encouraged and called for physical...
EFHR at the premier Forum for Polish Kindergartens in Vilnius

EFHR at the premier Forum for Polish Kindergartens in Vilnius

Posted on December 06, 2013 by admin
On Wednesday, 4 December 2013, the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) attended the inaugural Forum for Polish Kindergartens in Vilnius, co-organised by the Association of Polish Teachers in Lithuania „Macierz Szkolna” and the Vilnius City Council. It was launched at the House of Polish Culture, along with the opening of the 10th, jubilee edition of the ‘Fairy Tales off Kindergarten Shelves’ Festival. The Forum featured a presentation of educational offer and latest achievements of 17 out of the 28 kindergartens in the city which run a Polish-speaking group. As the EFHR...
Three lost cases in the European Court of Human Rights in November

Three lost cases in the European Court of Human Rights in November

Posted on December 04, 2013 by admin
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) detected a violation of the right to property regarding two Lithuanian citizens K.P. and E.V. basing on the fact that they did not receive a due compensation for a statutory appropriation of their property. According to the Court’s decision and the Article 1 of Protocol 1 to the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, regulation by law concerning the compensation is within the competence of each country (i.e. under certain circumstances it is entitled to obtain a part of the compensation and not a whole market value...
Artists sing about patriotism – an occasion to talk about human rights

Artists sing about patriotism – an occasion to talk about human rights

Posted on December 03, 2013 by admin
On November 30, well-known female singers from Poland performed at the House of Polish Culture in Vilnius, to celebrate the Polish Culture Days. The concert formed a part of the ‘Cursed Girls’ music project, and artists sang about the post-war fates of men and women of the Polish resistance movement. The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) visited the House to disseminate information on human rights and discrimination issues, as well as to answer arising legal questions. Before the concert, the EFHR stand attracted huge crowds, made up of inhabitants of the city and the...
New trainee of the European Foundation of Human Rights

New trainee of the European Foundation of Human Rights

Posted on December 01, 2013 by admin
The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) is happy to present Julio Tavares as a new intern. Julio came from Portugal and he is here for a six month internship within a European Commission funding programme – Erasmus student placement. Julio has graduated from the Polytechnic Institute of Bragança (a Portuguese Higher Education Public Institution), with a bachelor’s degree in Law for solicitors. With this internship he expects to develop and enhance knowledge acquired during his studies, and to learn new skills that can be useful in future. “This internship will provide me with...