Archive for October, 2014

The participants of the human rights project visited EFHR

The participants of the human rights project visited EFHR

Posted on October 29, 2014 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
On 28.10.2014 in the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR), there was a meeting with 25 participants of the international human rights project organized by Youth EPICenter. Participants of the meeting, coming from places as far and wide as Croatia, Latvia, Macedonia, Great Britain and Italy, listened to a lecture titled “EFHR as a leading non-governmental organization that deals with human rights in Lithuania”. The first part of the presentation was about the mission of the foundation and past and current projects. During the second part of the meeting, the lawyer representing EFHR...
A new European Foundation of Human Rights team member

A new European Foundation of Human Rights team member

Posted on October 26, 2014 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
Magdalena Gryciuk is a lawyer. She has worked with a number of international organizations in the field of project management and legal aid. In her work she always has in mind the Latin aphorism Ius est ars boni et aequi, meaning the law is the art of goodness and equity. She is particularly interested in international law, civil law, real estate law and European Union law. She completed an internship at the European Parliament in Brussels. In her free time Magdalena writes a blog. Together with Izabella Vajda she joined the European Foundation of Human Rights as part of the Erasmus+...
Training for new European Voluntary Service volunteers

Training for new European Voluntary Service volunteers

Posted on October 22, 2014 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
“On-Arrival Training” was organized in Bebrusu Dvaras between 15-18 October 2014 for new participants of the European Voluntary Service in Lithuania. Some 20 people from 7 countries took part in the training session, among them two volunteers from the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR). The European Voluntary Service (EVS) is an international volunteer programme funded by the European Commission. During the project, which has a maximum duration of 12 months, each of the participants can live and work in one of the countries participating in the Erasmus+ programme. The main...
Winners of  the “We are all alike” competition have been selected!

Winners of the “We are all alike” competition have been selected!

Posted on October 15, 2014 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
We are happy to inform you that winners of the competition held as a part of the “We are all alike” project aimed at young people from Polish and Lithuanian schools (years 9-12) have been selected. All the works we received can be admired on our web gallery. The choice was not easy to make. The jury was surprised by the variety and high quality of the works. We are glad that the concepts were well thought out. We were also impressed by the effort put in by participants. That is why everyone who took part will be awarded. We will still have a main prize for the winners though. The jury...
Learn English with EFHR!

Learn English with EFHR!

Posted on October 14, 2014 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
We have started an extremely interesting project! The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) has come  up with the idea of creating a website www.nauka.efhr.eu where people learning English or those who are planning to but are not able to can practice the language for free. With a bit of motivation you will start to speak, write and even think in English. Why is this language so popular? Why do most of the people in the world speak English? What is its history? You will get to know the answer when you start to learn English for free with EFHR. Do you know that English is the first...
Meeting with OSCE expert on national minorities at the EFHR HQ

Meeting with OSCE expert on national minorities at the EFHR HQ

Posted on October 13, 2014 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
On 13th October 2014 the expert on national minorities, Veronika Kristikove OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe), visited the EFHR HQ. During the meeting the OSCE expert initiated a discussion regarding problems which national minorities in Lithuania have to face, like spelling of names and surnames, bilingual topographical names and the education of national minorities. An emphasis was put on a way of determination of the boundaries of the districts in Lithuania (a problem which was highlighted in the OSCE report issued in 2012) and draft legislations registered in...
New trainee at the European Foundation of Human Rights

New trainee at the European Foundation of Human Rights

Posted on October 11, 2014 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
Hungarian Izabella Vajda is a recent graduate from the Paris Institute of Political Sciences (Sciences Po Paris) where she studied European and International Law. Throughout her university education, Izabella has been interested in national minority rights and minority related issues. After her graduation, she worked at the Permanent Representation of Hungary to the European Union in Brussels where she got her first professional experience in minority policies in the capacity of personal assistant to Mr. György Balogh, Council for Hungarian Minority Issues. Following her return to Hungary,...
Twelve things everyone should know about the European Court of Justice

Twelve things everyone should know about the European Court of Justice

Posted on October 08, 2014 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
“Twelve things everyone should know about the European Court of Justice” is a new book written by British author Hugo Brady. The book, published thanks to the Centre for European Reform think-tank, deals with the functions of the one of the most important, but often underestimated institution of the European Union – the European Court of Justice (ECJ). On the surface it seems that the book was meant for the “fanatics” of the functioning of the European Union. However, the book is written in a very accessible form, thanks to which the issues addressed in the book are...
EFHR's lectures in schools

EFHR’s lectures in schools

Posted on October 06, 2014 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) had the honour to lead a series of 15 courses on discrimination and hatred in the contemporary world. Meetings were held on 15-30 September. They were attended by over 500 students from grades 8-12 and 20 teachers from Lithuanian schools in Vilnius and in the Vilnius region. The courses were carried out in numerous schools including A. Kulviečio high school, Viršuliškių, Fabijoniškių, in progimnazjum in Baltupiai, at a junior high school in Verdenės, and at the junior high school Antokol. Issues related to discrimination and freedom of...

The matter of the bilingual street signs almost solved

Posted on October 03, 2014 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
On 3rd September the District Court of the Šalčininkai Region Council (Šalčininkų rajono apylinkės teismas) imposed a penalty on the Administration Director of the Šalčininkai Region Council for failing to enforce a ruling concerning the removal of bilingual street signs from private houses. A penalty of 1880 litas was imposed on the Administration Director, J. Rybak, who came into office on 2nd June 2014. The imposed penalty at the rate of 20 litas per day has been already paid. However, all the bilingual street signs should be removed in order to enforce the ruling. The...
The „We are similar” competition is reaching its end

The „We are similar” competition is reaching its end

Posted on October 02, 2014 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) would like to inform you that the deadline for submitting works for the “We are similar” competition (Esame panašūs), organized for the pupils and students of Lithuanian and Polish schools, was 30th September 2014. The project aimed at strengthening social integration of the Polish national minority living in Lithuania, improving the image of Poles and Lithuanians in society and eradicating the negative stereotypes prevailing in the society. Six integration meetings has already taken place during the project. The St. Stanisław Kostka...
Polish media in English - we have already translated over 2000 articles!

Polish media in English – we have already translated over 2000 articles!

Posted on October 01, 2014 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
We are extremely pleased to inform you that on the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) website there are already 2000 articles translated into English. These articles are concerned with the current and most relevant events taking place in Lithuania as well as with the life of national minorities living there. Articles originate from Polish printed media (Kurier Wileński), Internet portals such as Wilnoteka, L24.lt orZnad Wilii and, from the Polish version of the Delfi portal. The articles are available at: http://media.efhr.eu/. The aim of EFHR’s initiative regarding translating...