Archive for March, 2016

Europe Day – Poster Competition

Europe Day – Poster Competition

Posted on March 31, 2016 by admin
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 ever and should not be forgotten! Europe Day is a great occasion to celebrate these values and send a message of positivity to the world. The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) will organize various events for this occasion – and we would like to involve you! We want to...
EFHR to attend 20th Anniversary at The Hague

EFHR to attend 20th Anniversary at The Hague

Posted on March 29, 2016 by admin
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 Commissioner on National Minorities Astrid Thors. This year – 2016 – is the 20th anniversary of the launch of The Hague Recommendations Regarding the Education Rights of National Minorities. The two-day event is taking place to celebrate...
Forced surname change at 11 years of age

Forced surname change at 11 years of age

Posted on March 24, 2016 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
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. For 11 years the child was raised in Lithuania and identified by his original surname (with a letter q) at school, on school certificates,  at the bank when a bank card was issued, in health care institutions and in his private life, as well as among his friends and family. In 2014, following...
Invitation to submit abstracts to CELA

Invitation to submit abstracts to CELA

Posted on March 23, 2016 by admin
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 the conference, which will be held on May 20-21 in Tbilisi, Georgia, is to invite educators, researchers, policy-makers, practitioners, and other interested individuals to explore theoretical frameworks related to civic education,...
ECMI Summer School 2016

ECMI Summer School 2016

Posted on March 22, 2016 by admin
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 and 4 September 2016, will provide participants with a thorough knowledge of minority issues and cover a variety of topics – from the history of minority rights and international law to political participation and non-discrimination...
OSCE representatives visit to EFHR headquarters

OSCE representatives visit to EFHR headquarters

Posted on March 16, 2016 by admin
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 of education, the original spelling of names and surnames, the issue of bilingual topographical signs, and incidents of discrimination and hate speech. We also shared information about EFHR’s current court cases and spoke about...
European Action Week Against Racism Multicultural Events

European Action Week Against Racism Multicultural Events

Posted on March 15, 2016 by admin
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. This year the campaign’s theme was ‘Strength in Diversity’. The idea of the event was to encourage diversity and to celebrate multiculturalism – and this goal was definitely achieved. There were only two official events held in...
The European Union strategy for multilingualism and acquaintance with foreign languages in Lithuania.

The European Union strategy for multilingualism and acquaintance with foreign languages in Lithuania.

Posted on March 12, 2016 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
On November 2005 the European Commission (Commission) issued an announcement, which strongly propagates multilingualism in the European Union (UE). The member states were suggested to teach at least two foreign languages at a very young age. In the announcement of the Commission was alleged that multilingualism is necessary for a proper functioning of the EU. The improvement of citizens’ linguistic skills is as important as achieving aims of the European politics, especially in the field of growing worldwide competition and challenges, which constitute the most optimal using of European...
New EFHR trainee

New EFHR trainee

Posted on March 11, 2016 by admin
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 of Human Rights (EFHR). Eglė was born in Telšiai, the capital city of Samogitia. Having finished her school, she moved to Vilnius. After graduation from studies, she is going to stay in Lithuania’s capital city, although she does not reject the...
EFHR to celebrate European Action Week Against Racism

EFHR to celebrate European Action Week Against Racism

Posted on March 08, 2016 by admin
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 to show their support for the European-wide UNITED initiative that aims to tackle racism and discrimination. This year the theme of the campaign is ‘Strength in Diversity’, which links to the project our EVS volunteers are taking part in – ‘Promote diversity, promote human...
Screening of Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom at Beepart Centre

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

Posted on March 04, 2016 by admin
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 Jewgienij Afiniejewski, a Russian-born film-maker who is currently living and working in the United States. The documentary, which was partly produced by Netflix, was nominated for this year’s Academy Awards in the Best...
Internet commentators still help to fill the national budget

Internet commentators still help to fill the national budget

Posted on March 03, 2016 by admin
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 form of punishment and it also reveals a general lack of social awareness concerning freedom of speech boundaries. On the internet portal: www.lrytas.lt, in an article dated 22nd June 2015,...