Archive for January, 2014

EFHR wins almost 30,000 litas in compensation

EFHR wins almost 30,000 litas in compensation

Posted on January 29, 2014 by admin
The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) has won almost 30,000 litas in compensation from the State Social Insurance Fund Board (Valstybinio socialinio draudimo fondas, ”Sodra”). A citizen of Lithuania, A. B., applied to a territorial office of the State Social Insurance Fund Board for special working conditions benefit, having worked as an electric arc welder. Having considered his application, the office stated that the time he spent in that occupation (from 10.10.1980 to 21.05.1985) cannot be included in the overall working time required to qualify for the compensation...
Implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities by Lithuania needs improvements

Implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities by Lithuania needs improvements

Posted on January 28, 2014 by admin
In the framework of the latest discussion on the international obligations that bind Lithuania in respect of the rights of national minorities the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) wishes to draw attention to their importance and remind the Government of these obligations. It should be kept in mind that, as concerns the protection of the rights of minorities, in 2000 Lithuania committed itself with the ratification, without any reservations, to the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities...
Stricter conditions for applying to the European Court of Human Rights

Stricter conditions for applying to the European Court of Human Rights

Posted on January 27, 2014 by admin
The Conditions for lodging an application with the European Court of Human Rights have become stricter since the entry into force, on 1 January 2014, of the new Rule 47 of the Rules of Court. This new rule introduces two major changes which will determine whether an application is allocated to a judicial formation or is rejected without being considered by the Court, and it is designed to enhance the Court’s efficiency and speed up the examination of applications. The first change concerns the information and documents to be submitted to the Court. In future, applicants must provide the...
Critical Russian report on human rights in Lithuania once again

Critical Russian report on human rights in Lithuania once again

Posted on January 26, 2014 by admin
Last year the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) informed readers about a report on the human rights situation in the European Union where the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs criticized the human rights situation in Lithuania http://en.efhr.eu/2013/01/14/another-report-on-human-rights-critical-towards-lithuania/). Once more, in its annual report on the human rights situation in the European Union, the Russian report was very critical towards the Baltic States policy on human rights and freedoms, including Lithuania. The ministry stated that in comparison with last year there were...
EFHR remarks on the National Strategy on Education 2013-2022 have been taken into account

EFHR remarks on the National Strategy on Education 2013-2022 have been taken into account

Posted on January 23, 2014 by admin
Education is the foundation of every society. Modern era countries often implement the concept of life-long education, making it easier for people to gain education and develop social skills needed for functioning on the modern job market. The European Foundation of Human Rights is happy to inform readers that during the preparation stage of the National Strategy on Education of the Republic of Lithuania 2013-2022, the Foundation’s remarks and observations have been taken into consideration. The right strategy is the key to efficient functioning. The educational policy of a country is not...
EFHR has made legal punishments for offensive comments becoming a standard procedure

EFHR has made legal punishments for offensive comments becoming a standard procedure

Posted on January 21, 2014 by admin
The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) is overjoyed with another success and another case won. Vilnius City District Court (Vilniaus miesto apylinkės teismas) issued a writ concerning another offensive comment written under an article published online by a Lithuanian citizen, Romualdas R, in which he compared Poles to “gays”. The comment by Mr Romualdas R appeared on 9th December 2012, under one of the articles on a petition of the European Parliament related to amendments to the Lithuanian Education Act. In the comments section Mr Romualdas R compared Poles to homosexuals who...
EFHR denies false information from President Grybauskaitė’s public speech

EFHR denies false information from President Grybauskaitė’s public speech

Posted on January 16, 2014 by admin
The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) has been following President Dalia Grybauskaitė’s utterances with growing disbelief for a long time. On January 14, during a speech in front of the European Parliament forum, the President stated that none of the European organizations which investigate discrimination against national minorities in Lithuania had found any of the international regulations on the rights of national minorities violated. The EFHR would like to point out that in the latest 2013 Freedom House report there is no mention of national minorities being protected...
EFHR on bilingual street signs issue and related financial fines

EFHR on bilingual street signs issue and related financial fines

Posted on January 14, 2014 by admin
The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR)  in Vilnius would like to express its deepest concern regarding the Vilnius Regional Court judgement on bilingual street name signs in Šalčininkai district from December 23 2013. The Court decided to fine the Administrative Director of local government 100 LTL (around 30 EUR) for each day of delay in the execution of the Court order to remove  bilingual street name signs in the district. At the moment he has been asked to pay over 43, 000 LTL (around 12, 500 EUR). The signs are placed on private houses and the owners of these houses do not...
Thanks to EFHR LNK TV will publish a correction referring to a violation of Code of Ethics of Lithuanian Journalists and Publishers

Thanks to EFHR LNK TV will publish a correction referring to a violation of Code of Ethics of Lithuanian Journalists and Publishers

Posted on January 13, 2014 by admin
It is with great pleasure that the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) can inform you about another success. On 25th November the Ethics Commission for Journalists and Publishers (Lietuvos žurnalistų ir leidėjų etikos komisija) decided that Ms L.M., who filed a complaint regarding a programme broadcast on 27th June 2013 on LNK TV, is right. Dealing with this claim the Ethics Commission for Journalists and Publishers deemed that LNK TV journalists violated Articles 13 and 51 of the Code of Ethics of Lithuanian Journalists and Publishers (Žurnalistų ir leidėjų etikos kodeksas),...