Archive for February, 2014

Free language lessons!

Free language lessons!

Posted on February 26, 2014 by admin
The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) is glad to inform you that, after a short break, the website that provides English language lessons is available once again! Thanks to the goodwill of the National Learning Arena you can increase your knowledge of the English language for free. On the subpage titled ‘Language and Grammar’ you will a number of ways to learn the language, e.g. pronunciation, grammar, exercises with words and texts and even animations. The site provides fun ways to learn English – so you won’t get bored! Quizzes, narratives, movies, exercises, texts...
EFHR at the "We Together” charity concert

EFHR at the “We Together” charity concert

Posted on February 25, 2014 by admin
The charity concert „We Together” took place on 23rd February at the House of Polish Culture. A lot of national minority bands performed at the concert, inter alia Polski Zespół Pieśni “Tumelianka” (Polish Band of Songs “Tumelianka”), Rosyjski Zespół Folklorystyczny “Bylina” (Russian Folkloristic Band “Bylina”), Białoruski Zepsół Folklorystyczny “Switanak” (Belorussian Folkloristic Band “Switanak”) and many more. EFHR took the opportunity to reach out to a substantial number of representatives of national minorities and organised the trip to the House of...
“Poles, Europeans, Citizens” textbooks now in pupils' hands

“Poles, Europeans, Citizens” textbooks now in pupils’ hands

Posted on February 24, 2014 by admin
We are pleased to announce that through the efforts of the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR), pupils in forms 9-12 have just received the newest edition of the “Poles, Europeans, Citizens” textbook. The aim of this textbook is to provide young Poles living in Lithuania with the necessary basic information on social and political processes currently at work in their environment, as well as on the problems and challenges faced in today’s world. The book is a supplement to the innovative educational project “Europeans, Poles, Citizens”. The brand-new, updated edition of...
EFHR expresses solidarity with Ukraine

EFHR expresses solidarity with Ukraine

Posted on February 21, 2014 by admin
The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) has been following the increasingly dramatic events in Ukraine with considerable anxiety. We wish to express the deepest concern about the escalation of violence which has already cost many human lives. The EFHR is firmly against violent responses to peaceful protest. The authorities ought to serve the people and act for the common good. They must not persecute citizens involved in peaceful demonstrations, as this is undisputedly a case of violation of human rights and freedoms. We express our solidarity with the Ukrainians and call on the state...
Lithuania decided to involve in a migration policy more

Lithuania decided to involve in a migration policy more

Posted on February 18, 2014 by admin
The Lithuanian Government has approved new guidelines related to Lithuanian migration policy. These guidelines also include better conditions for the employment of highly-educated specialists in Lithuania. The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) would like to mention an interesting aspect of this document, which is quite optimistic in tone. These are the guidelines highlighting the meaning of tolerance towards foreigners. The promotion of racial, cultural and ethnic tolerance as well as fighting against xenophobia, discrimination and racism will be an essential point of this...
Association of Polish Scholars of Lithuania publishes its 2013 Yearbook

Association of Polish Scholars of Lithuania publishes its 2013 Yearbook

Posted on February 17, 2014 by admin
The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) is pleased to announce that the Association of Polish Scholars of Lithuania (SNPL) has just published The Yearbook of the Association of Polish Scholars in Lithuania for the Year 2013. The SNPL is an organization which brings together Polish scholars of Lithuania. Founded in 1989, it caters to its own needs and aims, promotes research and art and tries to raise the level of education among young people. The SNPL currently has 62 members – habilitated doctors and doctors from all areas of research. The 2013 Yearbook of the Association of Polish...
Right to use the language of national minorities is an issue of interpretation

Right to use the language of national minorities is an issue of interpretation

Posted on February 14, 2014 by admin
The Constitutional Court of the Republic of Lithuania is once again considering explanations for a few assumptions of the Constitutional Court decision from 21st October 1999, which refers to the spelling of surnames in passports of citizens of the Republic of Lithuania (RL). The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) emphasizes that a possibility to use the language of minorities in public life depends on interpretation. The Constitution of RL states that Lithuanian shall be the State language. However, the Constitution does not include a prohibition of introducing an auxiliary language...
New intern in EFHR

New intern in EFHR

Posted on February 10, 2014 by admin
Paweł Gołoburda, a fourth year Law student at the University of Applied Social Sciences (UASS), has started an internship at EFHR. He is the first trainee from UASS, which has recently entered into a cooperation with EFHR. During his studies, he has often encountered problems related to human rights issues and now he has decided to put his theoretical knowledge into practice. When asked why he decided to complete his internship at EFHR, Paweł answered – “I’ve chosen EFHR because I think it is the most active organization protecting human rights in Lithuania. EFHR not only fights...
Alfa has altered its article following EFHR's request

Alfa has altered its article following EFHR’s request

Posted on February 06, 2014 by admin
The article entitled “The European Foundation of Human Rights did not prove that toilets cannot be referred to in short as WC” was published on 18 July 2013 on the web page of online portal Alfa (www.alfa.lt). The article described a court case concerned with using the abbreviation WC in public. The proceedings were started following a complaint filed by the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) which appealed against the decision of the Commission of the Lithuanian Language (Valstybinė kalbos inspekcija). EFHR pointed out that there is no such letter as ‘W’ in the...
EFHR helps in a case of discrimination on the grounds of age and nationality in a kindergarten

EFHR helps in a case of discrimination on the grounds of age and nationality in a kindergarten

Posted on February 05, 2014 by admin
Following a request from the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR), the Lithuanian Ombudsman for Equal Opportunities (Lygių galimybių kontrolieriaus tarnyba) administered a rebuke to a kindergarten headmistress who discriminated against an employee on the grounds of her age and nationality. Moreover, the Ombudsman asked the local authorities of Vilnius to reconsider the headmistress’s qualifications to continue in her position. The European Union, and consequently all of its member states, agreed that discrimination on the grounds of age is one of the main issues in EU law. Both...
EFHR included in the newest “European Address Book Against Racism”

EFHR included in the newest “European Address Book Against Racism”

Posted on February 04, 2014 by admin
The international network of non-governmental organizations “UNITED for Intercultural action” published another address book that includes a list of non-governmental organizations from the whole of Europe. These organizations fight against intolerance, racism and nationalism and support national and ethnic minorities, as well as migrants and refugees.  The “European Address Book Against Racism” contains the contact details of more than 2,400 organizations in Europe. These organizations were chosen by special criteria, among other things the extent of organized actions against...