Archive for December, 2015

The ceremonial gala celebrating the end of EFHR projects took place

The ceremonial gala celebrating the end of EFHR projects took place

Posted on December 21, 2015 by admin
On the 19th December, in the hall of Runmis Hotel (Liepkalnio 103 Street, Vilnius) a ceremonial gala on the occasion of the finale of the third edition of the “Europeans, Poles, Citizens” project took place. The gala was attended by the participants of the project, teachers, guests and people who took part in the art contest “Human rights in the lives of children”. The aim of this year’s “Europeans, Poles, Citizens” project was to introduce a modern Civics teaching programme in Polish in Lithuanian schools. Owing to weekly radio broadcasts on “Znad Wilii” radio and...
EFHR discloses misinformation provided by Lithuania to the Council of Europe

EFHR discloses misinformation provided by Lithuania to the Council of Europe

Posted on December 16, 2015 by admin
The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) has published its Analysis of the Comments of the Republic of Lithuania to the Third Opinion of the Council of Europe on the Third State Report by Lithuania. The latest country report – which provides information on the situation of national minorities and minority policies between 2006 and 2011 – was submitted to the Council of Europe in September 2011. In November 2013 EFHR published its Alternative NGO Report on Lithuania’s Implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities. This report aimed to...
Juggling dual citizenship - the next opening

Juggling dual citizenship – the next opening

Posted on December 15, 2015 by admin
The citizens of Lithuania are already accustomed to the fact that one of their country’s crucial laws, which regulates Lithuanian citizenship, instead of being a guarantee of stability, is the subject of continuous alterations. Adopted in 1991, the citizenship law was altered 10 times prior to its expiration in 2003. The next law, adopted in 2003 and effective until 2011, underwent 6 alterations. The latest law, effective from 2011, has already been altered 3 times. The Constitutional Court of the RL has already commented on the topic of dual citizenship three times. These constant...
EFHR celebrated Human Rights Day on 10 December

EFHR celebrated Human Rights Day on 10 December

Posted on December 14, 2015 by admin
Like every year, on the 10th of December, we celebrated Human Rights Day. This date honours  67 years since signing the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was adopted by the United Nations in 1947. On this occasion representatives of the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) participated in a seminar organized by the European Law Students Association (ELSA) at Mykolas Romeris University (MRU) in Vilnius. The theme of the meeting, which was organized in one of the MRU LAB conference rooms, was the issue of racial discrimination in Lithuania as well as preventative mechanisms....
EFHR took part in the CRISP partner project “Fighting right-wing populism in Europe”

EFHR took part in the CRISP partner project “Fighting right-wing populism in Europe”

Posted on December 11, 2015 by admin
European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) representatives Ewelina Baliko and Rajmund Klonowski, along with four volunteer participants (Justyna Dedulevič, Lešek Jankovskij, Birutė Kirtiklytė and Ieva Masiliūnaitė) took part in a partner project with CRISP called “Fighting right-wing populism in Europe”. The participant organizations were: Civil (Macedonia), ECMI (Germany), Iskra (Ukraine), CSDC (Italy), EGEA (Moldova), Human RightS Initiative (Hungary), NPI (Lithuania), European Foundation of Human Rights (Lithuania), Plural (Romania), United Society of Balkans (Greece). The main...
EFHR Alternative Report for CERD

EFHR Alternative Report for CERD

Posted on December 09, 2015 by admin
The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) has submitted its Alternative Report for the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD). This UN shadow report, considered at the 88th session of the Committee from 23 November to 11 December in Geneva, was written in response to CERD’s review of Lithuania’s sixth to eighth periodic reports of State parties under the International Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD). The aim of this report, which will be taken into account by the country rapporteur along with CERD members, is to...
EVS “On Arrival” Training Session

EVS “On Arrival” Training Session

Posted on December 03, 2015 by admin
From November 18 – 21 an EVS on-arrival training session took place at the Daugirdiškės conference centre, (Elektrėnai district). Leah Nedahl and Aneta Maciejewska, the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) volunteers who are taking part in the project “Promote diversity, promote human rights”, attended the event, along with other EVS Lithuania participants. On the first day the focus was on getting to know the other volunteers, sharing information and experiences about individual projects and thinking about the benefits of an EVS opportunity. The second day was busy with the...
Second part of EFHR training session "Implementation of International Law“

Second part of EFHR training session “Implementation of International Law“

Posted on December 02, 2015 by admin
On November 26th 2015, the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) organized the second part of a free training session concerning human rights and legal proceedings in the field of international law. The training session lasted 6 hours and took place at the EFHR headquarters. The session was conducted by world-renowned international law expert Dr. Fernard de Varennes who obtained his Law degree at Maastricht University in the Netherlands. Dr. de Varennes is also the Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Moncton in Canada. The training session was organized for those...
"Skills Tandem” and "We Are Similar” projects have finished

“Skills Tandem” and “We Are Similar” projects have finished

Posted on December 01, 2015 by admin
The “Skills Tandem” and “We are similar” projects overseen by the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) have come to an end. Their aim was to encourage the integration of young people of different nationalities. On 27th November 2015 a formal gala took place at the Runmis hotel during which diplomas and awards were given to all participants of the projects and teachers involved in the organization of integration meetings in the “We are similar” project. The requirement to participate was to form an international group – in the “We are similar” project it had to have...