Become a trainee at EFHR and take part in free training courses

If you find yourself an active person, you are over 18 and would like to take part in training courses for young leaders, apply for a traineeship at EFHR. You will have the possibility of taking part in free, 7 day long training courses which will take place this year in Poland at the end of May.…

Regarding broadcasting time for national minorities

Recently, Lithuanian Public Television announced that in the new season, television programming will include more programmes in Russian. At the same time, the duration of the Polish programme “Vilnius Album” has not changed. EFHR believes the changes to be discriminatory to the Polish minority. According to the last census, 6,6% of Lithuanian residents declare themselves…

A new volunteer at EFHR

Natalia Starzec holds a Bachelor’s degree in European Studies in English and is a third year Law student at the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin. During her studies she has participated in numerous international projects and gained her first professional experience at simultaneous translation. In 2013 she spent three months in Ukraine doing…

EFHR on Mickuny’s Day

On the 15th of February representatives of the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) once again attended the annual celebration in Mickuny – one of many places in Vilnius Region where numerous national minorities live. The foundation’s stall attracted many residents. They were free to familiarize themselves with information materials on human rights and opportunities…

Nationality in passport entry – step by step

In accordance with the changes in Lithuanian passport law on January 1st 2015 there is a possibility to record one’s nationality in a passport. We have already written about this issue before – here and here. The media have recently been reporting on difficulties related to the procedure of entry itself. Therefore we have decided to…

EFHR has a new volunteer

Filip Król is an M.A. student of International Relations at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. Filip has many interests, particularly issues related to national minorities in Eastern Europe. Filip’s dream is to find the factors influencing the perception of cultural diversity in societies of Eastern Europe. As an idealist, he believes that all tensions between societies are an…

The future of constituency boundaries in Lithuania – will international standards be taken into consideration?

When celebrating Global Elections Day on the 5th of February, the Committee On State Administration And Local Authorities (Seimo Valstybės valdymo ir savivaldybių komitetas) and the Central Electoral Commission (CEC, Vyriausioji rinkimų komisija) organized a conference entitled “Electoral geography: from the analysis of voting behaviour to planning the next elections.” During the conference, the participants could…

Spelling of names and surnames in Poland and the possibility of their change

In recent years, Poland has introduced many changes in legislation concerning the spelling of names and surnames and also in the rules for changing them. It seems that Poland may be a good example of how to adjust the national law when it comes to delicate issues like names and surnames by taking into consideration the needs of…