Archive for March, 2014

A New movie of Council of Europe

A New movie of Council of Europe

Posted on March 31, 2014 by admin
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 in 47 countries of the EU on the strength of the Council of Europe Treaty Series from 4th November 1950 and over 200 other legal acts. The film presents the Council of Europe as a leading organization working in the field of human rights. Not only is its aim to...
Educational session in Budapest

Educational session in Budapest

Posted on March 30, 2014 by admin
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 part in this event together with two other Lithuanian participants.  The other participants were 35 people working with or for non-governmental organizations in a range of European countries. They work in areas of: human rights, combating racism and...
The next hope for approval of the law on national minorities

The next hope for approval of the law on national minorities

Posted on March 29, 2014 by admin
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 the national minorities law is standard in countries belonging to the Council of Europe. Currently, Lithuania does not have a bill defending specific rights of national minorities, although 16% of Lithuanian society consists of representatives of...
EFHR at the solemn award ceremony of the “Say NO to discrimination” contest

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

Posted on March 28, 2014 by admin
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 in the form of drawings, posters, brochures, recordings, etc. The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) was invited to this award ceremony as a guest. EFHR was pleased to join this important initiative, as it is also the organizer of...
EFHR at the opening of the campaign „Myliu Panda”

EFHR at the opening of the campaign „Myliu Panda”

Posted on March 24, 2014 by admin
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 representative Ewelina Baliko to join in the debate. The participants discussed the issue of the prevalence of hatred in Lithuania in various forms, as well as the lines between freedom of speech, jokes, and...
The Success of EFHR: The Committee on Petitions is going to consider the EFHR Petition to the Minister Steponavičius

The Success of EFHR: The Committee on Petitions is going to consider the EFHR Petition to the Minister Steponavičius

Posted on March 20, 2014 by admin
On 19th March the Committee on Petitions of the European Parliament considered the petition of the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) regarding violations by Lithuanian authorities of the European Parliament and Council Directive 95/46/EC on the protection of individuals due to processing of personal data and the free flow of this data. In 2011 the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Lithuania sent the letter  to 26, 000 representatives of national minorities in Lithuania (Poles, Russians and Belarusians) containing information about amendments to the Law on...
The European Week Against Racism

The European Week Against Racism

Posted on March 19, 2014 by admin
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 with the struggle against racism, which is the main reason our organization was included in the “The European Address Book Against Racism”. In the biggest cities of Europe, including Vilnius, many cultural events...

EFHR starts a new project: ‘We are similar’

Posted on March 18, 2014 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
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 in society and eliminate negative stereotypes that are present among people of both nationalities. EFHR invites all students from Polish and Lithuanian schools in Vilnius and the Vilnius region (grades 9-12) to participate in the project, during which children will have a chance...
EFHR lecture for German students

EFHR lecture for German students

Posted on March 17, 2014 by admin
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 they chose to meet with EFHR as it is the most active organization in this area in Lithuania, which perfectly tallies with their theme. The lecture started with a brief presentation about EFHR activities related to national minorities, held by...
Another attack on bilingual street signs

Another attack on bilingual street signs

Posted on March 14, 2014 by admin
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 human rights. EFHR has informed society that neither the verdict nor decision of governmental institutions that would oblige inhabitants to remove non-Lithuanian inscriptions have been adopted yet. Trespassing on private property without...
EFHR taking part in a project in support of Social Cohesion

EFHR taking part in a project in support of Social Cohesion

Posted on March 13, 2014 by admin
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 as: Social Cohesion, Active Youth Participation, Intercultural dialogue, Conflict resolution, Human Rights, Social Inclusion, Youth Work and NFE, Sustainable development and New media and Internet Governance. The EFHR employees will take part in a...
EFHR re. the legal complaints to Equal Opportunities Ombudsman’s Office

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

Posted on March 07, 2014 by admin
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 complaints about discrimination on the grounds of race, nationality, language, origin, and ethnicity. In 2009 they comprised 12% of all concerned...
Regulation of spelling of names and surnames in the hands of Commission of the Lithuanian Language

Regulation of spelling of names and surnames in the hands of Commission of the Lithuanian Language

Posted on March 06, 2014 by admin
On 27th of February 2014, the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Lithuania recognized that the spelling of names and surnames in the passport of a Lithuanian citizen is a linguistic issue. The Commission of the Lithuanian Language (PKJL) has the core role in that matter and one of its basic functions is formulating guidelines for national language politics. What is more, the Commission’s opinion always has to be taken into consideration when the question of the spelling of names and surnames in a passport is considered. The most important explanatory aspect of the Constitutional Court...
EFHR at the ceremony of Mickūnai’s Day

EFHR at the ceremony of Mickūnai’s Day

Posted on March 03, 2014 by admin
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. The EFHR stand attracted attention: especially from people from Vilnius city and region. People were surprised by the amount of materials prepared and distributed by the organization for free. The Council of Europe brochures, titled...