Europe Day – Poster Competition

Europe Day is an annual celebration of peace and unity in Europe which takes place every year on the 9th of May. Although Europe and the European Union as a whole is facing some serious challenges, we must demonstrate that our common values, such as diversity and respect for human rights, are more important than…

EFHR to attend 20th Anniversary at The Hague

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) will attend an upcoming event to mark the 20th Anniversary of The Hague Recommendations Regarding the Education Rights of National Minorities. EFHR’s Assistant Attorney Ewelina Baliko will attend the event, which will take place from 20 April – 21 April 2016. The conference is organized by OSCE High…

Forced surname change at 11 years of age

On the June 2004 a child was born into a family in Lithuania. This child was given the original surname of his father – which includes the letter q. The original surname of the child did not cause any problems when issuing the birth certificate and the passport of the Republic of Lithuania in 2004.…

Invitation to submit abstracts to CELA

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) would like to inform you about an upcoming conference, organized by the Civic Education Lecturers Association (CELA). CELA is calling for the submission of abstracts for the Second International Conference on the State of Civic Education in Post-Soviet Countries: from Formal to Informal Practices. The main aim of…

ECMI Summer School 2016

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) would like to inform you about the 2016 European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI) Summer School.  The summer school, in partnership with the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv, Ukraine, will offer an intensive training programme on minority issues. The one week course, which will run between 29 August…

OSCE representatives visit to EFHR headquarters

On March 15 2016 a meeting took place between representatives of the High Commissioner on National Minorities for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) at EFHR’s headquarters. The meeting was arranged to discuss the current situation of national minorities in Lithuania. The main topics included the state legislative situation in the field…

European Action Week Against Racism Multicultural Events

EVS volunteers from the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) Aneta Maciejewska and Leah Nedahl organized two events over the course of the day and night on Saturday 12th March in Vilnius. The occasion was to celebrate European Action Week Against Racism (12-21 March) – the European-wide UNITED initiative aiming to tackle racism and discrimination.…

New EFHR trainee

Eglė Beinorytė is a first-year student of the study programme combining law and management at the Michał Römer University and Université Montesquieu Bordeaux 4 in France. Eglė is interested in the European Union, as well as in the international and criminal law. In April this year she began a six-week traineeship in the European Foundation…

EFHR to celebrate European Action Week Against Racism

To celebrate European Action Week Against Racism (which is taking place between 12-21 March) the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) is organizing a day of events on Saturday 12th March in Vilnius. Our EVS volunteers – Aneta and Leah – are planning to hold two events over the course of the day and night…

Screening of Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom at Beepart Centre

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) organized a film screening of the documentary Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom. The event took place on the 2nd of March 2016 at Beepart Pilaite cultural centre. The event organizers were Leah Nedahl and Aneta Maciejewska, two EFHR EVS volunteers. Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom was directed by…

Internet commentators still help to fill the national budget

Thanks to the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR), another hate speech offence has been uncovered. The Druskininkai District Court (Druskininkų miesto apylinkės teismas) fined A. B. for publically inciting hatred against a specific group (government intelligence officers). This person has been punished twice over the last six months. This fact shows that fines are somewhat ineffective as a…