EFHR lecture at the Summer Forum

On July 28 2014 in Sudeikiai, the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) had the honour to give a lecture at the 5-day celebration of the Students Association in Lithuania – “Summer Forum ’14, Colourful day – Significant tomorrow”. At the meeting, volunteers, the deputy mayor of Utena, Mr Vidmantas Valinčius, and guests of students…

EFHR launches a new project with Erasmus +

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) would like to announce that the project “Youth for Human Rights”, submitted by the Foundation as part of the promotional campaign “Youth mobility” in the programme Erasmus +, has been accepted. The competition was tough, because the contest was entered by 116 organizations operating in Lithuania. EFHR managed to…

The results of the Lithuanian language exam between 2008-2013

2013 was the first year that secondary school graduates from the schools of national minorities had to pass the unified Lithuanian language exam, like graduates from schools working in the Lithuanian language. The policy, which national minorities opposed, was introduced in the new Law of education accepted by Parliament on 17 March 2011. In February 2013,…

EFHR report on implementation of human rights in Lithuania in 2012-2013

On the 24th July 2014, representatives of the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) presented a report: ”Implementation of human rights in Lithuania 2012-2013 (Lithuanian National Minorities’ Rights)”. It was presented during a press conference for the biggest press agency of the Baltic countries ”Baltic News Service”. While preparing the report, EFHR aimed at cross-sectoral…

Disadvantageous changes to the Constitutional draft law on the State Language

Currently, in Lithuania, the law on the State Language (Valstybinės kalbos įstatymas), adopted January 31, 1995, according to signs in the Republic of Lithuania, must be written in the state language. Inscriptions in other languages can only be displayed for tourism purposes, but in other languages their size cannot be larger than the same sign…

Starting from 2015 a passport will become a document that confirms national identity

„Who are you?” – The answer for this question will soon be displayed on the front page of newly issued passports of citizens of The Republic of Lithuania. On 10th July of this year the Parliament accepted the amendment to the Passport Regulation (Lietuvos Respublikos paso įstatymas), which introduces the possibility to include a citizen’s nationality…

Amendments for the Bill of National Minorities accepted

There is no act on national minorities in Lithuania since 2010. Discussion of the bill’s premise was listed for deliberations and cancelled at the last moment numerous times. On 17th July 2014 important decisions were taken on that matter, however, the decisions differed from the previous arrangements.  In the last sitting in the spring session,…

New trainee at the European Foundation of Human Rights

Ania Książczak is a 5th year’s law student at Mikołaj Kopernik University in Toruń. Among her subjects of interest are human rights, international law and EU law. Her greatest achievement as a student was her participation in the 5th World Human Rights Moot Court and going to RSA to the final of this contest. Apart from her studies, Ania…

Foreign personal names will be able to be adjusted to the original spelling

On the 15th July 2014, in the 1st reading at the Seimas, two projects related to the Law on the Spelling of Surnames in the  Identity Documents of the Lithuanian Citizens were accepted. It is hoped that these will be beneficial not only for the members of national minorities urging to be able to regain the original spelling…

Take part in an international competition!

Join us to speak out against hate speech! Enter an international photo competition devoted to the European Day of Action against Islamophobia and Religious Intolerance, which will take place on  the 21th September 2014. Everyone interested can enter the competition by sending their photos connected with religious diversity and tolerance. The winner will be awarded with a 300 Euros shopping…

Bilingual street signs in the regions of Vilnius and Soleczniki – removed, in Kaunas – present for centuries

According to Lithuanian law, bilingual street signs hung in the streets are unlawful, which is against international constraints accepted by Lithuania while ratifying the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities. The Law on the State Language (Valstybinės kalbos įstatymas), in the 17th Art., unequivocally states that, in the Republic of Lithuania, public signs…

New trainee at the European Foundation of Human Rights

Beata Bielawska is a second year student of International Relations at Jagiellonian University in Krakow. The course covers many topics, but the subject of human rights is a major part of the programme, which is the reason why Beata is familiar with human rights laws and issues. Beata tries to gain knowledge not only from her studies but also from…

XXVI Touristic Rally of Poles in Lithuania is over

This year, the annual Touristic Rally of Poles in Lithuania took place on the 5th and 6th  of July in the’ ‘Azuolyne” amusement park of  Trakai District Municipality. The European Foundation of Human Rights’ (EFHR) members also attended the event to inform the participants about the Foundation’s activities as well as about the free legal…

EFHR celebrates the 70th anniversary of ”The Gate of Dawn” military operation

Between the 6th and 13th of July, the 70th anniversary of ”The Gate of Dawn” military operation was held in Vilnius. On Sunday the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) took the opportunity to meet historically-important people and guests of the House of Polish Culture, with Jerzy Karpowicz’s photographic exhibition ”Places of National Memory within…

Suggested amendments to the Law on Provision of Information to the Public

A crucial part of the European Foundation of Human Rights’ (EFHR) activities is the monitoring of the rule of law and  legal changes in the Republic of  Lithuania. Recently, EFHR observes with concern the amendments to the Law on the Provision of Information to the Public ct (lt. Visuomenės informavimo įstatymas), which suggests obligating TV broadcasters…