Archive for April, 2014

Charity campaign for orphanages organized by EFHR

Charity campaign for orphanages organized by EFHR

Posted on April 26, 2014 by admin
The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) is very glad that we had an opportunity to wage a charity campaign in the orphanages in Vilnius and in the Vilnius region. During the Easter holidays, EFHR representatives visited children from orphanages in Šalčininkai, Pabradė, Nemenčinė and Antakalnis. The children received gifts paid for by private donors. The heads of the institutions were presented with gifts in the form of books, educational publications, board games, office supplies and sweets. By taking such action, EFHR wants to emphasize the importance of education and respect...
The aim of EFHR court cases – detecting gaps in the law

The aim of EFHR court cases – detecting gaps in the law

Posted on April 14, 2014 by admin
The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) is a non-governmental organization working for the sake of defending human rights and national minorities in Lithuania. One of the aims of EFHR is to detect gaps in the legal system. The foundation conducts court cases in order to detect such gaps in the Lithuanian law, which in turn generates positive changes both in the legal system as well raising the awareness of citizens. One such success was the allowance by the Commission of the Lithuanian Language to use the original spelling of names and surnames in official documents, introduced after...
Draft law concerning spelling of names and surnames – a big failure

Draft law concerning spelling of names and surnames – a big failure

Posted on April 11, 2014 by admin
On April 10 this year, the next draft law in the Lithuanian Parliament concerning the spelling of names and surnames in documents was registered. The proposal was signed by the members of all factions, except for the Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania. An alternative project promises the possibility to write “names and surnames” in the original form on the further pages of a passport. The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) notices that this act, as well as the proposal of the social democrats...
Lithuanian courts still assigning financial penalties for bilingual street signs

Lithuanian courts still assigning financial penalties for bilingual street signs

Posted on April 10, 2014 by admin
The Vilnius City District Court has assigned a financial penalty for bilingual street signs, which are consistent with international law and those in force in Lithuania. This time, the Director of Administration of Vilnius district Municipality, L. Kotłowska, who was handed a penalty of 6000 litas for not carrying out a court’s decision, became a “violator”. However, the record fine still belongs to the Director of Administration of Šalčininkai district Municipality, Bolesław Daszkiewicz, who was ordered to pay 43 000...
EFHR at the International Academic Conference

EFHR at the International Academic Conference

Posted on April 09, 2014 by admin
On 9th April the international academic conference entitled  „The home Europe: European political thought and the challenges of the XXI Century“, took place. The event was organized by the Polish Association For Political Thought [Polskie Towarzystwo Myśli Politycznej] and the Association of Scientist Poles of Lithuania [Stowarzyszenie Naukowców Polaków Litwy]. Considering the current topics that were supposed to be covered during the conference, the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) took advantage of the possibility to present its activities to the participants and guests...
45 writers oppose the original spelling of names and surnames

45 writers oppose the original spelling of names and surnames

Posted on April 08, 2014 by admin
On 8th April 2014, 45 Lithuanian writers addressed a declaration to the highest authorities in Lithuania in which they expressed objections about the original spelling of names and surnames in documents issued in Lithuania. From the perspective of the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR), it is unpleasant and disappointing that a part of the Lithuanian intelligentsia does not understand and does not want to regulate issues that are not a mere whim of society, but, in actual fact, a human rights issue. According to the writers, validation of non-Lithuanian marks in documents would be,...
The bill "liberalizing" the spelling of names - still no solution to the problem

The bill “liberalizing” the spelling of names – still no solution to the problem

Posted on April 07, 2014 by admin
The vice-chairman of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania, Gediminas Kirkilas, and the governor of the social democrats’ parliamentary faction, Irena Šiaulienė, introduced a draft law to the Seimas anticipating a liberalized mode of the spelling of names and surnames. Considering migration of the population, a growing number of mixed marriages, and the need to protect the rights of children born into such marriages, the proposal’s authors argue for the authentic spelling of names. The initiative of the draft law was undoubtedly influenced by the decision of the Constitutional Court...
Conference on the Cooperation between NGOs and Local Governments

Conference on the Cooperation between NGOs and Local Governments

Posted on April 04, 2014 by admin
On 3rd April this year representatives of the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) took part in a conference organized by the Board of Youth Organizations in Lithuania (Lietuvos Jaunimo Organizaciju Taryba, LiJOT), which took place in the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania. The key subject of the conference was cooperation between youth organizations and local governments (“Jaunimo NVO bendradarbiavimas su vietos savivalda”). The vice-minister of the Ministry of Social Security and Labour, the advisor to the Prime Minister of Lithuania, numerous local government workers from all...
EFHR is a member of the Lithuanian Association of Responsible Business (LAVA)

EFHR is a member of the Lithuanian Association of Responsible Business (LAVA)

Posted on April 02, 2014 by admin
The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) would like to announce that it has become a member of the Lithuanian Association of Responsible Business (Lietuvos atsakingo verslo asociacija, LAVA). LAVA is an extension of the activity of NAVĮT (Nacionalinio atsakingo verslo įmonių tinklo (NAVĮT),  or the National Network of Enterprises, conducting responsible business activities. The aim of the Association is to promote responsible ways of developing Lithuanian organizations and companies, creating favourable conditions for the development of the whole country and promoting corporate...
The case of the lawful non-granting of the right of accession to the accreditation to the Secondary School in Trakai was brought before the court

The case of the lawful non-granting of the right of accession to the accreditation to the Secondary School in Trakai was brought before the court

Posted on April 01, 2014 by admin
On 19th December, 2013, at a meeting of the local government of the Trakai district, with votes 14 to 25 of a ruling coalition, the Secondary School in Trakai was deprived of the right to accreditation. The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR), considering the decision to be unjustified and incompatible with the law, became involved in the case and provided the school authorities with free legal assistance. EFHR notes that, along with the decision of the local government of the Trakai district No. SP – 331, the right of accession to the accreditation of secondary education programmes...