Archive for November, 2014

Citizenship Act – there are many ideas concerning the change,  but isn't there something important missing?

Citizenship Act – there are many ideas concerning the change, but isn’t there something important missing?

Posted on November 26, 2014 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
The Citizenship Act has recently been discussed publicly at great length, especially  due to amendments on its content which were introduced by the President of Lithuania. However, from the point of view of many experts, the currently proposed amendments might be inconsistent with provisions of  the Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania and with the doctrine of the Constitutional Court. This is because it could be argued that the changes would favour individuals with special merits for country,  at the same time discriminating against ordinary citizens. Further, the European...
Hidden traps in the Constitutional Act on the State Language

Hidden traps in the Constitutional Act on the State Language

Posted on November 25, 2014 by admin
On 18 November 2014, the Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania held a press conference on ‘The erroneous interpretation of the Constitutional Act on the State Language’, in which the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) asked some fundamental questions. Back in July this year, the EFHR presented the opinion on the draft law, indicating that it expects the Lithuanian state that when adopting the law, it would not forget about voluntarily adopted international obligations, and that it would also reject the draft laws which put at risk human rights as well as interests of the...
International conference on Human Rights in Poland

International conference on Human Rights in Poland

Posted on November 24, 2014 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
The international scientific conference entitled „The principle of proportionality and Human and Civil Rights in the legal systems of the EU Member States” took place on the 14th-15th of November, in Walbrzych, Poland. The event was organized by the Angelus Silesius State School of Higher Vocational Education of Walbrzych. The objective of the seminar was to present and discuss the situation on Human Rights and Civil Rights protection in the legal system of Member States of the European Union. The conference also aimed at observing to what extent the principle of proportionality (common...
EFHR helps children from orphanages

EFHR helps children from orphanages

Posted on November 20, 2014 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
On 20th November people all over the world celebrate Universal Children’s Day. Today marks the  55th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Rights of the Child and the 25th anniversary of the enacting of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Therefore, the European Foundation of Human Rights wants to draw attention to projects and initiatives aimed at children. The Foundation’s work is to supervise abiding and respecting the rights of children and to educate children and parents/carers about the law. The activities in this field cover inspections and meetings in...
A new competition for students – join in!

A new competition for students – join in!

Posted on November 19, 2014 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
On the occasion of Universal Children’s Day, celebrated on 20th November, and of 55th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of the Rights of the Child and 25th anniversary of the enacting of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) is happy to announce an art contest for students in grades 5-8. The goal of the contest is to: Promote the rights protected by the Declaration of the Rights of the Child, the Convention on the Rights of the Child, Promote the rights and freedoms protected by the Convention for the Protection of Human...
EFHR invites you to free training on human rights!

EFHR invites you to free training on human rights!

Posted on November 18, 2014 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
On December 3rd 2014, the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) would like you to come to  a free training seminar on human rights entitled: “How to Balance National Law and International Law: Theory and Practice”. During the seminars, one of the world’s leading experts on human rights, Fernand de Varennes, Ph.D will try to explain why it is sometimes difficult to reconcile national law with international legislation. He will also take a closer look at basic legal principles based on the interactions between these two systems. Furthermore, he will explain why discrepancies...
EFHR starts a new initiative on the radio

EFHR starts a new initiative on the radio

Posted on November 17, 2014 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
On the 17th of November of this year, a new initiative of the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) will begin – a series of radio programmes about human rights. The project “EFHR consults” is designed to increase knowledge of human and national minority rights for listeners of the Polish radio “Znad Wilii”. The aims of the project are increasing awareness of citizens of the Polish national minority, direct legal help for people whose rights are violated and finding answers for frequently asked questions concerning human rights. EFHR lawyers will conduct eight programmes on...
EFHR fights against Racism and Anti-Semitism

EFHR fights against Racism and Anti-Semitism

Posted on November 13, 2014 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) wishes to express its concerns regarding the growing success of extreme right nationalist parties in recent parliamentary elections across Europe. Our foundation strongly believes that these tendencies must be stopped and actions must be taken in order to prevent the repeat of historical events like the terrible persecution of the Jewish people, the Roma community and other social groups. Regarding the current situation of discrimination in our country, EFHR notes that according to the latest Opinion on the Implementation of the Framework...
Establishment of Department of National Minorities is a chance for a better future

Establishment of Department of National Minorities is a chance for a better future

Posted on November 11, 2014 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
On 10th November the Strategic Planning Committee of the Government of Lithuania discussed the idea of creating a Department of National Minorities. They have decided that this government department will begin working from July 2015. The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) supports this idea, especially as it is compatible with what the Council of Europe has already suggested. The Council criticized Lithuania for dissolving its Department of National Minorities in 2009 and handing over its responsibilities to ministers. The Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania and...
Become an intern at the European Foundation of Human Rights

Become an intern at the European Foundation of Human Rights

Posted on November 10, 2014 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
The European Foundation of Human Rights is a public non-profit organization based in Vilnius. It was founded in 2010 as a reaction to an increase in the number of violations of human rights and the rights of national minority groups in Lithuania. The main aim of our actions is the promotion of the activities of citizens and encouraging respect for marginalised social groups with regard to their ethnic origin, social status, religion and gender. We search for: Philologists of the Lithuanian language to translate articles from Polish and English language. There are 4 language versions of the...
The awards gala for participants of the “We are all alike” competition

The awards gala for participants of the “We are all alike” competition

Posted on November 03, 2014 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
The “We are all alike” EFHR project has come to an end. On 31st October 2014, at the foundation headquarters, the awards gala for all of the participants of the “We are all alike” competition was held. This was following the “We are all alike” project. Read more about it here. We received 32 works which could be admired at EFHR web gallery  since 6th October. There were 9 essays, 9 drawings, 7 videos, 3 photographs, 3 poems and 1 multimedia presentation. After heated discussion the jury chose the best works and these were awarded the main prize: Marzena Szylak et al. , the...