Archive for August, 2015

Positive disctrimination in Lithuania?

Positive disctrimination in Lithuania?

Posted on August 23, 2015 by admin
During the most recent visit in Soleczniki (12.08.2015) the President of Lithuanian Republic, Dalia Grybauskaitė, gave a speech in which she again supported the creation of a special development fund for South-East Lithuania. According to the Head of State, this kind of support for the region would improve citizens’ situation, and contribute to eliminating the differences and equalizing the economic situation of the whole country. Such fund would be an indication of positive discrimination, which is recommended in cases of substantial differences between particular regions of the...
Poland and Lithuania agreed on a common declaration on minority rights protection

Poland and Lithuania agreed on a common declaration on minority rights protection

Posted on August 17, 2015 by admin
The European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI), which is overseen by Director Professor Tove Malloy, held its Summer School on National Minorities and Border Regions at the beginning of August 2015 in Flensburg, Germany. The course took place in order to review the current situation in Europe and the impact of the situation on national minorities. The title of the session, which was a well-organized and most useful event, was “The changing order and new insecurities: impact on minorities in Europe”. Founded in 1996 by the governments of Denmark, Germany and Schleswig-Holstein, ECMI...
The “Memory, Responsibility, Future” Foundation: invitation to join project

The “Memory, Responsibility, Future” Foundation: invitation to join project

Posted on August 13, 2015 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
Another project organised by the German “Memory, Responsibility, Future” Foundation (Foundation EVZ – Erinnerung, Verantwortung und Zukunft) called “Watch Out: Discrimination! Projects on exclusion then and now” is about to begin. The EVZ Foundation’s project aims at strengthening the relationship between Germany and other European countries, including Lithuania. The “Watch Out: Discrimination!” programme is aimed at youths who, by participating in this project, will be able to amplify the historical awareness and to broaden their human rights knowledge. Schools and legitimate...
EFHR encourages everyone to visit the Danish Folk University

EFHR encourages everyone to visit the Danish Folk University

Posted on August 11, 2015 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) is pleased to inform readers about the possibility of a scholarship to one of the Danish Folk Universities. These are special kinds of schools which focus on informal higher education. Learning at the schools is designed to develop passions and interests of students and to prepare them for taking an active role in society. The foundation believes that through participation in such a project one can experience different cultures, learn foreign languages and enjoy spending time with others in a diverse, international environment. EFHR...
The liberal R. Šimašius – between words and actions

The liberal R. Šimašius – between words and actions

Posted on August 07, 2015 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
On 30th June 2015, the District Court of the city of Vilnius adopted the judgement according to which the Civil Registry in Vilnius is obliged to make a change in the marriage certificate of a Lithuanian citizen who married a Belgian – to write in the letter “w”. The court has argued that the private life of an individual and the inviolability of family life must come before the country’s aspiration to protect the Lithuanian cultural identity. A refusal of the petitioners’ request, according to the case-law of the European Court of Human Rights, may be considered discrimination (in...
EFHR welcomes new trainee

EFHR welcomes new trainee

Posted on August 05, 2015 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
EFHR’s new trainee Sebastian Stein is a fifth year Law student at Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen, Germany. Currently, he is completing two semesters abroad at Mykolas Romeris University in Vilnius. His specialization areas, along with human rights, are International Public Law, particularly the Law of the European Union and Environmental Law. Sebastian is from Stuttgart, Germany. His interest in human rights was sparked during his studies at the Universities of Konstanz and Tübingen. Since the beginning of 2014, he has been volunteering with Amnesty International, being...
EFHR is looking for people to join the project in Budapest!

EFHR is looking for people to join the project in Budapest!

Posted on August 04, 2015 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) is looking for 2 people who would like to participate in the project „Fighting right-wing populism in Europe”. We are looking for people over 21 years of age to take part in the „Simulation Game on Right Wing Populism” meeting in Budapest from 29th August – 3rd September this year. The participants will examine the influence of right-wing populism on democratic culture by taking part in a simulation game. Participant requirements: the participants should have at least a basic knowledge of right-wing populism and they ought to...
EFHR has finished the EVS “Youth for human rights” project

EFHR has finished the EVS “Youth for human rights” project

Posted on August 03, 2015 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
In June of this year, the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) completed the long-term EVS project which started in September 2014. The project, called “Youth for Human Rights”, was financed by the European Union within the framework of the Erasmus + programme. For 10 months two volunteers – one from Poland, with “Odra-Niemen Association” as the sending organization and one from Hungary, with “Multikultúra Egyesület” as the sending organization – worked with us at the EFHR headquarters. During the stay, both volunteers gained the chance to take...