Archive for February, 2015

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

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

Posted on February 27, 2015 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
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. Young leaders from countries like France, Greece, Poland, Turkey and Italy will also participate in the courses. The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) is currently the most active non-governmental organization in Lithuania working within the field of protecting and promoting human rights,...
Regarding broadcasting time for national minorities

Regarding broadcasting time for national minorities

Posted on February 26, 2015 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
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 to be Poles, which makes the Polish minority the largest in the country. The Lithuanian government, and by extension the public TV network whose task is the realization of public TV programming, is legally bound...
A new volunteer at EFHR

A new volunteer at EFHR

Posted on February 24, 2015 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
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 voluntary work at the Centre for European Initiatives. During her European Voluntary Service Natalia promoted the ideas of respecting human rights and conducted classes developing the leadership skills of school-age children. Currently,...
The current version of "Practical Guide on Admissibility Criteria" to the European Court of Human Rights

The current version of “Practical Guide on Admissibility Criteria” to the European Court of Human Rights

Posted on February 20, 2015 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
The Council of Europe has published the updated text of the European Court of Human Rights’ “Practical Guide on Admissibility Criteria“. We have written about the changes implemented on the 1st February 2014 in the Rules of the Court which tightened the conditions for filing a complaint. The updated version of the guide contains amendments accepted during plenary sittings of the ECtHR judges in April and June 2014. The amendments were procedural and concerned the choice of the President, his deputies, Section Presidents and the Secretary General. There were, however, no changes...
EFHR on Mickuny’s Day

EFHR on Mickuny’s Day

Posted on February 17, 2015 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
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 offered by the European Union. Apart from materials prepared by the Council of Europe and the European Commission (such as “Rights and freedoms in practice” or “47 countries – one organization… Council of...
Nationality in passport entry – step by step

Nationality in passport entry – step by step

Posted on February 13, 2015 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
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 clarify the proceedings. EFHR illustrates step-by-step instructions: Every person interested in adding an entry referring to nationality in a passport must, first of all, check, whether they have an entry about their nationality in the database of The...
The Court of Justice of the European Union rules on discriminatory job advertisements

The Court of Justice of the European Union rules on discriminatory job advertisements

Posted on February 11, 2015 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
On 13th November 2014, the Court of Justice of the European Union (EU) issued a preliminary ruling on the case of Vital Pérez v Ayuntamiento de Oviedo (municipality of Oviedo, Spain). The court found that the law of Asturias, which determines a maximum age of 30 years when recruiting for the position of local police officer, contradicts EU jurisdiction. Vital Mario Pérez accused the Ayuntamiento of Oviedo of approving the specific conditions for the notice of competition designed to fill 15 local police officer positions. The job announcement expected the candidates for these positions to...
EFHR has a new volunteer

EFHR has a new volunteer

Posted on February 09, 2015 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
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 outcome of lack of understanding, but these can be effectively overcome. His month-long voluntary service in the foundation is a great opportunity for him to learn about national minorities...
The future of constituency boundaries in Lithuania - will international standards be taken into consideration?

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

Posted on February 06, 2015 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
© DELFI (A.Solomino nuotr.) 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 share their scientific observations in the field of electoral history, use of modern technology in voting, announcing results and the...
Spelling of names and surnames in Poland and the possibility of their change

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

Posted on February 03, 2015 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
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 different social groups along with international legal requirements. There is no singular unified act in official documents which regulates the spelling of names and surnames. This does not mean, however, that there are no regulations in this matter. On the...