The ceremonial gala celebrating the end of EFHR projects took place

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…

EFHR discloses misinformation provided by Lithuania to the Council of Europe

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…

Juggling dual citizenship – the next opening

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…

EFHR celebrated Human Rights Day on 10 December

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…

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

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…

EFHR Alternative Report for CERD

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…

CASE OF GRAUŽINIS v. LITHUANIA – Application no. 37975/97

Facts: Arminas Graužinis applied to the European Commission of Human Rights under former Article 25 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms. Mr Graužinis alleged violations of Article 5 § 3 and 4 of the Convention in that he was repeatedly not brought before a judge and he could not contest the lawfulness…

CASE OF GRAUSLYS V. LITHUANIA – Application no. 36743/97

Facts: On 2 April 1997 Mr Algis Grauslys applied to the European Commission of Human Rights against the Republic of Lithuania under former Article 25 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms. Mr Grauslys was a commercial director in a private company. He was suspected of fraud. On 4 October 1995 a criminal case…

CASE OF GIRDAUSKAS V. LITHUANIA – Application no. 70661/01

Facts: Mr Girdauskas complained under Article 6 § 1 (right to a trial within a reasonable time) of the length of the criminal proceedings. Mr Girdauskas was suspected of committing various financial irregularities. Criminal proceedings were initiated in light of these suspected irregularities on 15 May 1995. On 7 February 1997 the Kaunas City District…

CASE OF ŠLEŽEVIČIUS V. LITHUANIA – Application no. 55479/00

Facts: Mr Adolfas Šleževičius applied to the European Court of Human Rights against the Republic of Lithuania under Article 6 § 1 of the Convention (trial within a reasonable time). In January 1996 two members of the Seimas (Parliament) wrote letters to the Prosecutor General, requesting the initiation of criminal proceedings against Mr Šleževičius in connection with…

CASE OF ALEKSA V. LITHUANIA – Application no. 27576/05

Facts: Mr Aleksa applied to the European Court of Human Rights against the Republic of Lithuania under Article 6 § 1 of the Convention and Article 1 of Protocol No. 1 to the Convention. On 17 November 1992 the Kaunas City Board restored Mr Aleksa’s property rights to part of a building in Kaunas. In a decision given of…

CASE OF MEILUS V. LITHUANIA – Application no. 53161/99

Facts: Mr Reimundas Meilus applied to the European Court of Human Rights against the Republic of Lithuania under Article 6 § 1 of the Convention (trial within a reasonable time). In November 1994 Mr Meilus became a suspect in a criminal (fraud) case. On 14 August 1996 Mr Meilus was charged on five counts, including cheating and…

CASE OF POCIUS V. LITHUANIA – Application no. 35601/04

Facts: Mr Pocius applied to the European Court of Human Rights alleging that the Lithuanian courts made a judgment in his case on the basis of classified evidence presented by the police and never disclosed it to him. Kaunas City Police informed Mr Pocius that his permits to keep and carry a firearm for defense…

CASE OF ESERTAS v. LITHUANIA – Application no._50208/06 (2012)

In the Chamber’s judgment in the case of ESERTAS v. LITHUANIA (2012) the European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, that there had been: a violation of Article 6 § 1 (right to a fair hearing) of the Convention; Principal facts The applicant, Tomas Esertas, is a Lithuanian national who lives in Kaunas. In May…

CASE OF VENSKUTĖ v. LITHUANIA – Application no._10645/08(2012)

Facts: The applicant, Marytė Venskutė, is a Lithuanian national. The case concerns her complaint that the State Border Guard Service investigators arrived at the restaurant where she was working on 25 May 2005, at about 10.30 a.m., to question her in an insurance fraud case and that she was then taken to their headquarters for…

EVS “On Arrival” Training Session

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…

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

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…

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

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…