Archive for September, 2014

EFHR representatives in the media

EFHR representatives in the media

Posted on September 29, 2014 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
EFHR’s activity receives wide coverage in the media not only in Lithuania, but also abroad. Information about human rights and about our activities spreads thanks to interviews, numerous press releases and other information presented on the Foundation’s website and in the media. In May 2014 EFHR representatives actively addressed, via the press and television, the issue of the original spelling of names and surnames in Lithuania. In the interview for the http://manoteises.lt/ a representative of EFHR talked about the necessity of adopting relevant legal acts concerning the issue....
Discrimination in advertised vacancies

Discrimination in advertised vacancies

Posted on September 24, 2014 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
Much of the time, it seems that we give very little thought to vacancy notices on the internet or in the press which are discriminatory on the grounds of nationality, gender, family or social situation, religion, language or political convictions. In its annual report to the European Network against Racism, the Lithuanian Centre for Human Rights announced that in Lithuania’s labour market in 2012-2013 43% of people from  non-traditional religious groups in Lithuania experienced discrimination in their workplace and 43,8% of individuals belonging to national minority groups felt...
EFHR in Polish and Lithuanian schools

EFHR in Polish and Lithuanian schools

Posted on September 19, 2014 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
The new school year has begun and the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) has launched new initiatives to address pupils and students. On 15th September representatives from the Foundation started an intensive series of meetings in schools in Vilnius where children are taught in Lithuanian. The aim of the training is raising the awareness of human rights and civic values such as equality on various levels and freedom of speech and its limits. Since 2011 the EFHR, during lectures, familiarizes students with the initiative against discriminatory comments on the Internet and tells them...
The discussion concerning unusual spelling of names and surnames

The discussion concerning unusual spelling of names and surnames

Posted on September 16, 2014 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
On September 13th 2014 the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) representative, Ewelina Baliko, participated in radio discussion concerning the spelling of names and surnames in the documents of Lithuanian citizens. The discussion was held in Lithuanian Radio and Television (LRT). The EFHR representative talked about examples of cases related to this topic which are looked into by EFHR and about the problems Lithuanian citizens encounter when trying to have their names registered with the use of original spelling, among others. The discussion started after Commission of the Lithuanian...
EFHR invites youths to take part in the „Jesteśmy podobni” competition

EFHR invites youths to take part in the „Jesteśmy podobni” competition

Posted on September 11, 2014 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
„Jesteśmy podobni” project (lit. „We are alike”) is addressed to 9-12 graders in Polish and Lithuanian schools. The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) project, began in the spring of this year, consists of two parts: an art competition for youths and a cycle of integration meetings for students. „Jesteśmy podobni” project aims at improving  the social integration of the Polish national minority in Lithuania, improving the image not only of Poles, but also of Lithuanians and at eradicating negative stereotypes among citizens of both nationalities. It is also an...
Charm yourself online!

Charm yourself online!

Posted on September 10, 2014 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
Charm yourself online! – is a new online course addressed to young workers and trainees of different kinds of associations which deal with the development of human rights. The main goal of this course is to improve theoretical knowledge about human rights violations in the modern world, as well as about issues which are still prevalent, e.g. racism.  The participants will learn how to deal with the most urgent problems, both in groups and individually. The course is based on the principles of “informal” education, which certainly makes it more attractive for young people willing to...
EFHR invites you to take part in a study on hate crimes in Lithuania

EFHR invites you to take part in a study on hate crimes in Lithuania

Posted on September 09, 2014 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) encourages you to fill out the questionnaire on hate crimes committed in Lithuania in 2013. The study is addressed to natural persons belonging to national minorities, religious minorities, people who are migrants, stateless persons or people of different nationality who lived in Lithuania in 2013. Your answers will be used in a study conducted by the Lithuanian Centre for Human Rights (Lietuvos žmogaus teisių centras) at the request of the European Network Against Racism (ENAR). In May this year, we informed you that EFHR became a member of...
The HREA educational platform

The HREA educational platform

Posted on September 05, 2014 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) encourages you to take a look at the Human Rights Education Association (HREA) online platform which works to provide better understanding of issues related to human rights. The HREA online platform offers training for activists and specialists, preparation of educational materials and programmes and building community through online technology. The HREA is an international non-governmental organization defending human rights. Its main aim is training and education promoting knowledge, attitude and actions to safeguard human rights and to...
Scholarships for student of Polish descent

Scholarships for student of Polish descent

Posted on September 02, 2014 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
The new academic year has begun. The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) wants to inform you about a new initiative from the Wileńszczyzna Foundation – scholarships for students of Polish descent studying in Lithuania. As the Foundation has declared: “the fundamental objective of the Foundation is to support youth of Polish descent who live in the countries of the former USSR or study in Poland. We try to provide young people with material aid and in-kind contributions and support Polish community organizations conducting educational, scientific and culture activities”. The...