Archive for June, 2014

EFHR at the ENAR Conference

EFHR at the ENAR Conference

Posted on June 26, 2014 by admin
A conference titled “European Anti-Racist Convention: Setting the Movement in Motion!”, held by the European Network Against Racism (ENAR), took place in Brussels on 20-21 June 2014. The conference was attended by over 100 participants from across the European Union (EU) including international law experts, representatives of EU institutions and bodies, and non-governmental organizations. This year the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) was also invited, being represented by Edita Urbanovic. It is worth noting that EFHR was the only organization from Lithuania at the international...
EFHR at the St John's ceremony in Rudamina

EFHR at the St John’s ceremony in Rudamina

Posted on June 25, 2014 by admin
On June 23th the Multifunctional Cultural Centre in Rudamina organized St John’s celebrations. According to the organizers the celebration was attended by about 3, 000 people. Bands and performers from all over the Vilnius region, foreign guests and the municipal authorities participated in the event. Pleased by the opportunity to attend, representatives of the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) also visited Rudamina. At the EFHR stand all participants and guests could receive free legal aid, familiarize themselves with the educational and informational materials on human...
EFHR representatives at the Culture Night festival

EFHR representatives at the Culture Night festival

Posted on June 23, 2014 by admin
From 20 to 21 of June 2014, everyone in Vilnius could participate in over 200 varied projects and events at the Culture Night festival (“Kultūros naktis”). This year, the Polish Cultural Centre (DKP) in Vilnius joined the event for the first time. The DKP part of the festival started with the play Zapiski oficera Armii Czerwonej (The Diary of the Red Army Officer) staged by the Polish Studio Theatre in Vilnius. Visitors could also taste some delicious Polish cuisine. Representatives of the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) also participated in the event. They presented examples...
Immense interest in the latest EFHR training on human rights

Immense interest in the latest EFHR training on human rights

Posted on June 19, 2014 by admin
On June 19, 2014, the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) organized another training session on human rights and international law. The training was provided by lawyer and leading expert on international law Dr. Fernand de Varennes. The seminar “Human Rights Litigation: Using International and European Mechanisms” was concerned with employment of international and European legal mechanisms in the protection of human rights. Members of vulnerable groups in society such as women, minorities, immigrants and individuals with disabilities must at times use litigation as a tool to...
The lack of law on national minorities is a serious problem

The lack of law on national minorities is a serious problem

Posted on June 18, 2014 by admin
Despite the fact that the topic of national minorities in Lithuania is raised very often, no measures are yet accepted to solve the legal issues related to this. The lack of law on national minorities causes confusion in the political arena and also creates a number of legal problems. During a visit to Warsaw, on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of elections in Poland, Mrs. President Dalia Grybauskaitė, in an interview for a Polish newspaper claimed that the situation of the Polish minority in her country has not changed in recent years. In turn, European Foundation of Human Rights...
SCLL is not against the original spelling of forenames and surnames

SCLL is not against the original spelling of forenames and surnames

Posted on June 16, 2014 by admin
In April of this year the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) appealed to the State Commission for Lithuanian Language (SCLL, Valstybinė lietuvių kalbos komisija), whose function is the formation of guidelines in relation to state language policy, introducing arguments for accepting proper legal regulations concerning the issue of the spelling of forenames and surnames. Also, a meeting between EFHR and SCLL representatives took place, during which there was discussion concerning the Constitutional Court’s judgment from the 27th of February in which the Court claimed that...
EFHR changes working hours

EFHR changes working hours

Posted on June 12, 2014 by admin
The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) would like to inform everyone, that from June 9th 2014, the foundation’s working hours have changed to this: Monday-Thursday: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm Friday – 8:30 am – 4:00 pm Anyone who would like to register for a consultation with a lawyer should contact us on: +37069150822 or by e-mail: info@efhr.eu Within the framework of the Legal Aid Centre project, the Foundation provides legal aid to victims of discrimination and violations of human rights at work or in the private sphere. Legal advice concerning human rights is also provided for...
EFHR invites you to a free training session!

EFHR invites you to a free training session!

Posted on June 11, 2014 by admin
On June 19th 2014, the European Foundation of Human Rights would like to invite you to a free training seminar, „Human Rights Litigation: Using International and European Mechanisms”. Members of vulnerable groups in society such as women, minorities, immigrants and individuals with disabilities must at times use litigation as a tool to ensure the protection of some of their basic rights, especially when politicians, government officials and even the majority population are unaware, unresponsive or even insensitive to their rights. This training seminar will look at the use of a...
Series of training seminars for orphanage workers concludes

Series of training seminars for orphanage workers concludes

Posted on June 09, 2014 by admin
The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) would like to announce the conclusion of a series of training seminars for workers at children’s homes in Šalčininkai and Pabradė. EFHR cooperates with children’s homes by organizing lectures on human rights, holding charity campaigns for the children, and recruiting volunteers to work at children’s homes. Starting at the end of 2013, EFHR has organized a series of training seminars on psychology at children’s homes in Šalčininkai and Pabradė, intended for people working on a daily basis with children in...
Report of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe on “State of Democracy, Human Rights and the Rule of Law in Europe”

Report of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe on “State of Democracy, Human Rights and the Rule of Law in Europe”

Posted on June 03, 2014 by admin
The Secretary General of the Council of Europe has recently published a report on the “State of Democracy, Human Rights and The Rule of Law in Europe”. The report lists a large number of concrete challenges to human rights, democracy and the rule of law in Europe, and recommends actions to meet them. The challenges and recommendations cover several areas, such as: Respect for physical integrity and human dignity; Justice and the Rule of Law; Democracy; Social Rights; Non-discrimination and equality and the Council of Europe and unresolved conflict zones. The “Respect for physical...
EFHR invites you to enter our short stories competition!

EFHR invites you to enter our short stories competition!

Posted on June 02, 2014 by admin
The IEMed and the Anna Lindh Foundation have launched a call for participation in the seventh edition of the international literary competition of short stories and tales “Sea of Words”, aimed at young people from the 43 countries of the Euro-Mediterranean area. The ‘Sea of Words’ Literary Competition focuses on cross-cultural understanding through the promotion of short stories. This year, the competition is aimed at producing stories or short stories focused on the fight against racist and discriminatory speech online, which falls into the framework of the Council of Europe...
Cyber crimes give rise to criminal liability

Cyber crimes give rise to criminal liability

Posted on June 01, 2014 by admin
The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR), with great pleasure, encounters an increasingly serious approach towards cyber-crime by the institutions and courts of the Republic of Lithuania. This positively complements the EFHR campaign that began a few years ago and is aimed at reducing the sense of impunity on the part of those violating the dignity of others via the Internet. The punishment of a 20-year-old, who in August 2010 hacked a web page of Wladyslaw Syrokomli Secondary School in Vilnius, could serve as an example. The Hacker, a resident of Kaunas, was convicted on the basis...