A New movie of Council of Europe

The Council of Europe, the organization working on the promotion and protection of human rights, democracy, the rule of law and cooperation between all EU member countries, has made a film about its activities. The film reveals that the Council of Europe (CE) acts to improve the quality of life of over 800 million people living…

Educational session in Budapest

From the 16th to the 23rd of March the international educational session ‘ Be active, be open, be YPA!’ in the European Centre of Youth in Budapest took place. It was organized by the Youth Peace Ambassadors Network in collaboration with the Youth Division of the Council of Europe. Dorota  Skoczyk, our EFHR representative,   took…

The next hope for approval of the law on national minorities

On 29th March 2014 the inter-party agreement concerning the basic guidelines on foreign policy, security and defense for the years 2014-2020 was signed. One of the points of the agreement is, amongst other things, a decision on the approval of the national minorities law. The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) reminds all that approval of…

EFHR at the solemn award ceremony of the “Say NO to discrimination” contest

On 20th March in Vilnius, the Research and Protection of Fundamental Rights Centre organized an awards ceremony for their contest “Say NO to discrimination”. The contest took place between 15th January and 20th March, and the participants were children aged 5-12 and youths aged 13-19. Their task was to clearly reflect the theme of the competition…

EFHR at the opening of the campaign „Myliu Panda”

On 20th March in the National Gallery of Art, the opening ceremony of the campaign “Myliu Panda” took place. The organizer of the campaign is the NGO “National Institute for Social Integration” („Nacionalinis socialinės integracijos institutas“) and it is aimed at fighting against internet hate speech. The main point of the campaign event was discussion. EFHR sent…

The European Week Against Racism

Like every year, on 15-23 March the Europe-wide action entitled “European Week Against Racism” will be held. This is a special week, aimed at highlighting the diversity of the European continent. It has been organized primarily for people who are involved in promoting tolerance and social equality. The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) is also concerned…

EFHR starts a new project: ‘We are similar’

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) is happy to inform you about the start of a new project for students – ‘We are similar’. One of the major aims of the project is to deepen the integration of the Polish national minority community living in Lithuania, improve the image of both Poles and Lithuanians…

EFHR lecture for German students

On March 15 2014, the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) organized a lecture about the situation of national minorities in Lithuania. The lecture was addressed to 20 students and 2 teachers from Chemnitz University of Technology in Germany. The students of the European study programme have a project about national minorities in Lithuania and…

Another attack on bilingual street signs

The latest incident in Jašiūnai proves that the fears of the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) were well-founded. On 11th March, bilingual street signs were removed from private buildings. The present situation in Lithuania and the lack of clear regulations on the rights of national minorities is causing a growing number of violations of basic…

EFHR taking part in a project in support of Social Cohesion

We are glad to announce that the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) has qualified for participation in the international one year project for the support of social cohesion „Exercising our Rights!- Developing new tools in support of Social Cohesion”. All the activities and tools developed will be in the scope of such thematic areas…

EFHR re. the legal complaints to Equal Opportunities Ombudsman’s Office

Following a motion of the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR), the Equal Opportunities Ombudsman’s Office (Lygių galimybių kontrolieriaus tarnyba) shared results and introduced a process of conducting research on legal complaints related to discrimination on the grounds of nationality. As the submitted data shows, approximately 9-15% of all complaints examined by the Equal Opportunities Ombudsman’s Office concerned legal…

EFHR at the ceremony of Mickūnai’s Day

Mickūnai’s Day was celebrated on 2nd March 2014 in Mickūnai. The arms and the flag were sanctified at the ceremony. The European Foundation of Human Rights organized the trip to Mickūnai to allow everyone there to become familiar with EFHR, inform residents about human rights and discrimination, as well as answer questions related to legal issues.…