Archive for July, 2015

EFHR wins landmark court case: Vilnius City District Court allows a surname to be spelled with "W"

EFHR wins landmark court case: Vilnius City District Court allows a surname to be spelled with “W”

Posted on July 30, 2015 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) welcomes the landmark ruling of Vilnius City District Court which has changed Lithuania’s stance regarding the spelling of names and surnames in their original form. The Court has allowed a Lithuanian citizen’s surname to be spelled with the letter “w”. EFHR held a press conference at the Court at 2pm on the 30 July with BNS Press Agency. EFHR has, for a number of years, been stressing that the right to spell one’s name in its original form is a fundamental human right. It is a right that stems from the right to...
Web portal LRT.lt twists the words of a representative of the Lithuanian Community in Poland management board

Web portal LRT.lt twists the words of a representative of the Lithuanian Community in Poland management board

Posted on July 23, 2015 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
On 29th June 2015 an article appeared on the LRT.lt web portal in which a member of the Lithuanian Community in Poland management board, Irena Gasperavičiūtė, introduced by the journalist B. V. as the leader of the Lithuanian Community in Sejny (which, in fact, does not exist) was said to have claimed that since 2005 Lithuanians who live in Poland have had only a theoretical right to their first and last names being spelt in their mother tongue. The article also said that, according to the representative, there are no technical capabilities of spelling first and last names in...
New EFHR team volunteer

New EFHR team volunteer

Posted on July 17, 2015 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
Justyna Bielska is a second year MA student at Jagiellonian University in Cracow, studying political science with a specialization in institutions and policy management. She comes from Cieszyn, a border town between Poland and the Czech Republic, and thus, she has always been familiar with another culture. She has also taken part in numerous workshops and meetings concerning establishing a dialogue between two nationalities – specifically the Polish and Czech nationalities. Learning about how countries and NGOs function has always fascinated her. She became interested in human rights...
EFHR team is richer by a new volunteer

EFHR team is richer by a new volunteer

Posted on July 15, 2015 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
Ieva Rudytė is a 4th year law student at Vilnius University majoring in International Law and European Union Law. In July and September she will complete her traineeship at European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) During her studies, she was mostly interested in international law and European Union law, which is closely linked to human rights. In second year, Ieva was a volunteer at Lithuanian Centre For Human Rights, what gave her a chance to closely look at the human rights and their protection in Lithuania. This volunteering opportunity led her to EFHR. In September 2014 Ieva took part...
A new trainee joined our team

A new trainee joined our team

Posted on July 14, 2015 by admin
Sylwia Grzywacz is a second-year Law and Russian Philology student at the University of Zielona Góra. During her education, she was granted a scholarship and went to study at the Pushkin State Russian Language Institute in Moscow. This experience allowed Sylwia to perfect her language skills, to broaden her knowledge of the country’s culture, and to become acquainted with the mentality of the Russian Federation’s society. The previous experience of our new trainee was mostly associated with translation into the Russian language. Sylwia was also involved in various kinds of missions of...
The 27th touristic rally of Poles in Lithuania is already behind us!

The 27th touristic rally of Poles in Lithuania is already behind us!

Posted on July 08, 2015 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
On 4 and 5 July of this year in Święciański Region, in the Abiełoragi village (Obelu Ragas) the 27th Touristic Rally of Poles in Lithuania took place. Same as last year the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) also took part in this event with its employees giving information to the participants about the extensive activities of the Foundation. Those interested in it had a chance notonly to learn about the free of charge legal advice being provided by the EFHR but also about the projects and workshops on human rights organized by the Foundation. A wide range of free of charge...
EFHR encourages all to join the Facebook action supporting the original spelling of names and surnames

EFHR encourages all to join the Facebook action supporting the original spelling of names and surnames

Posted on July 07, 2015 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
On Tuesday June 16, it was the second time the Commission of the Lithuanian Language (Valstybinė lietuvių kalbos komisija) did not agree to the original spelling of the names and surnames of national minority representatives in its report. According to the Commission, non-Lithuanian names might be written on identity cards only in cases of marriage between a Lithuanian and a foreigner or when a foreigner has gained Lithuanian citizenship. So, once again, the Commission has refused Poles living in Lithuania the chance to be able to spell their names and surnames in the original...
EFHR can help with contesting results of the Matura exam in Lithuanian

EFHR can help with contesting results of the Matura exam in Lithuanian

Posted on July 03, 2015 by admin
On Thursday 2nd July, the National Education Centre released this year’s results of the Lithuanian Matura exam. EFHR has analysed the Lithuanian exam results of secondary-school graduates from the years 2008-2013 from both Lithuanian schools and those of the national minorities. From the data of the National Education Centre, it follows that in the above-mentioned period of time, there was an increase in graduates who did not pass the exam. Nevertheless, one must consider the fact that this year’s results are better than those from last year. The number of pupils that did not...