Courts continue to settle the issue of the spelling of the names – two won cases

On November 22nd, The Vilnius City District Court adopted a decision concerning the complaint of a Lithuanian citizen. The court obliged the Registry Office in Vilnius to spell her daughter’s name using the letter “w” and to issue a new birth certificate. The court acknowledged that the family lives currently in Dubai. While registering the…

EFHR has chosen the winners of the art contest

On the occasion of the International Human Rights Day, celebrated on the 10th of December, the European Foundation of Human Rights decided to organise a creative art competition for 5th to 12th grade students. The students were encouraged to create an artwork on one of the selected topics related to human rights. The topic chosen…

International Human Rights Day – new artistic competition for pupils

In celebration of the International Human Rights Day on the 10th of December, the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) would like to announce a creative art competition for 5th to 8th grade pupils and for 9th to 12th grade pupils. The topic of the competition for pupils from 5th until 8th grade is “We…

CERD concluding observations on Lithuania

The Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) is a body of independent experts, which monitors implementation of the United Nation’s Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination by periodic country report procedure. On 6 January 2016, the CERD released its concluding observations on the combined sixth to eighth periodic reports…

EFHR about the equality and the protection of private life in the workplace

On November 15th, the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) organised a training course at the head office of the company “PakMarkas“. „PakMarkas” is one of the strongest and leading-edge companies in Lithuania offering packing and marking solutions. It is not the first time EFHR organises a business-related training course – in spring of this…

Joanna is a new volunteer from Poland

Joanna Andrecka is a third year student of law at the University of Lodz In Poland. Currently she is studying at the Vilnius University, as a part of the six-month Erasmus exchange.  In the course of her studies, she had an opportunity to be acquainted with the broad spectrum of law areas that is implied…

International Day Against Fascism and Antisemitism

On Wednesday 09th of November, an historical day in two ways, the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) held a small conference about the prevention of fascism, hatred and discrimination. The event was held due to the International Day Against Fascism and Antisemitism and it took place at the Contemporary Art Center (CAC) in Vilnius.…

EFHR at the training course for the EVS supporters

On November 3-7, the employees of organisations implementing the European Voluntary Service’s projects and people cooperating with volunteers from abroad on a daily basis (tutors, mentors), arrived to the little town of Villa Nova de Gaia, Portugal, in order to acquire new skills in implementing such projects. The main aim of the training “SOHO –…

The Court determined: the diverse spelling of surnames causes inconveniences

On 7 November 2016, the District Court of Vilnius City passed the judgement in the case of ‘Wardyn’. The Court obliged the Civil Registry Office to issue a new Marriage Certificate entering ‘w’ into the surname of the Lithuanian of Polish nationality, who has got married with the citizen of Poland. While the passing the…

EFHR participated once again in the conference UNITED

On 26 and 31 October this year, in Macedonia, right next to the picturesque town of Ohrid, a representative of the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) took part in an international conference organized by the UNITED network under the title: ” LIVING TOGETHER: Transform a Divided Past Into Our Common Future ”. Considering the…

The court has decided – the government is not a socially vulnerable group

On 4 November 2016, after examining the criminal case, the district court of Kaunas city acquitted Viktorija K. and Linas K. of the charges which state that on the 16 February 2015 (on the Lithuanian Independence day), in public spaces in Kaunas, together with two other persons they were putting up posters with the writing…

EFHR hosted a conference on minority rights

On Friday 28th of October, the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) gathered participants to its annual conference on national minorities. The title of the conference was “The Rights and Expectations of National Minorities in the Context of Lithuanian and International Law”. The event took place in Vilnius municipality building at Konstitucijos ave. 3 We were…

Another case concerning hate speech won

Another case of comments inciting hatred has been won – on October 17th 2016, The District Court of Keidainai Region have found M.J. guilty of posting the comments encouraging aggression and physical violence against Muslims – he was openly mocking, humiliating and spreading hade speech against this particular minority. European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR)…

The fight for original spelling of names and surnames does not stop – how much additional judgments shall be passed until the adoption of appropriate law?

European Foundation of Human Rights’ already in July 2016 noticed that there were won eight cases related to entry of the letters ‘w’ and ‘x’ into the documents issued for the citizens of the Republic of Lithuania. This time, two other courts passed particularly significant judgements in the fight for protection of the right of…

EFHR invites to the Conference on the Overview of National Minorities Rights in Lithuania

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) invites to the International Conference entitled “The Rights and Expectations of National Minorities in the Context of  Lithuanian and International Law” to be held on 28 October, 2016 to discuss situation of national minority rights. The Conference will provide an opportunity to present the current social and demographic…

The EFHR continued campaigning against hate speech at the Vilnius International School

Friday 14th of October was another great day in campaigning against hate speech. The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) representatives Ewelina Baliko and Maximilian Gallo were entitled to give a lecture on hate speech crimes at the Vilnius International School. The lecture tackled many important questions such as: what is hate speech, how to…

Courts’ challange to the newly elected Seimas – ‘x’ and ‘w’

On 10 October 2016, the Vilnius Courts posed challenge to the newly elected Seimas repeatedly acknowledging the right to privacy, free movement of persons and original spelling of names and surnames. Upon the hearing the case of the great-great grandson of Adam Mickiewicz, the Vilnius Regional Administrative Court decided to annul the decision of the…

A new Intern at the EFHR from Germany

Maximilian Gallo studies cultural studies and cultural politics in international comparison at the University of Hildesheim. With the Bachelor Plus Program he will spend two semesters in Vilnius, working as an intern for four month and studying at the Vilnius University for one semester. Working on research projects in Uganda, the Netherlands and for art…