Archive for April, 2016

”Dialogue of cultures or a source of conflicts —problematic aspects of national minorities in Europe” conference

”Dialogue of cultures or a source of conflicts —problematic aspects of national minorities in Europe” conference

Posted on April 28, 2016 by admin
On the 21st and 22nd of March 2016 at the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Warmia and Mazury (UWM) in Olsztyn, the Polish National Science Conference “Dialogue of cultures or a source of conflicts — problematic aspects of national minorities in Europe” took place. The conference was organized by the Institute of History and International Relations UWM in Olsztyn and the Scientific and International Relations Student Society “Inter Gentes”. The objective of the conference was to present and discuss the different aspects of issues of national minorities in Europe. The...
EFHR accounts on the conference on education rights of national minorities in the Hague

EFHR accounts on the conference on education rights of national minorities in the Hague

Posted on April 27, 2016 by admin
On the 20th and 21st April, the High Commissioner for National Minorities of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe organized a conference dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the Hague recommendations on the educational rights of national minorities. A month ago, during a meeting with representatives of the High Commissioner in Vilnius, the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) received a personal invitation to the conference. EFHR was represented by legal assistant Ewelina Baliko. During the conference, experts from the field of education, the NGO sector and...
EFHR concerned about the lack of knowledge regarding human rights protection

EFHR concerned about the lack of knowledge regarding human rights protection

Posted on April 21, 2016 by admin
At the request of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Lithuania (RL) (Lietuvos Respublikos Teisingumo Ministerija), public opinion research about knowledge on human rights protection was carried out in 2014. According to the research only 21% of the respondents believe that they are educated enough to protect their rights, 34% of the respondents stated that they lack such knowledge, and 30% indicated a desire to learn additional information on the topic of human rights. In order to research the way universities and state institutions treat the topic of raising awareness about human...
Understanding Human Rights - Workshop in Adam Mickiewicz Gymnasium

Understanding Human Rights – Workshop in Adam Mickiewicz Gymnasium

Posted on April 20, 2016 by admin
On Monday (18th April 2016) European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) EVS volunteers Aneta Maciejewska and Leah Nedahl gave a workshop at Vilnius’ Adam Mickiewicz Gymnasium. This is the first in a series of workshops being organized to familiarize young people with human rights and the topic of hate speech. The participants of the workshop were 10th grade students aged between 15 and 16 years of age. After a brief introduction about the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) and the European Voluntary Service (EVS) our volunteers encouraged the pupils to share what they know about...
"W" does not pose a threat to the Lithuanian language

“W” does not pose a threat to the Lithuanian language

Posted on April 14, 2016 by admin
The District Court of Vilnius has delivered a landmark ruling regarding the spelling of last names. For the first time the Court has bound the Vilnius registry office to include the letter ‘w’ in the civil status records of a child. At the same time there is a third judgement confirming that the rights of an individual need to be respected in Lithuania. More about the ruling adopted last year on the family name Pauwels can be found here. On 12 April the Vilnius City District Court issued a ruling in the Wardyn case. The family concerned has been fighting in the courts for the...
A new trainee in EFHR

A new trainee in EFHR

Posted on April 11, 2016 by admin
Eglė Beinorytė is a first year, second degree student of Law and Management program run jointly by Mykolas Romeris University and Montesquieu University of Bordeaux. Eglė takes an interest in European Union, international law and criminal law. In April, she started a 6-week traineeship for EFHR. Eglė was born in Telšiai – the capital of Samogitia region. After graduating from school she moved to the capital of Lithuania – Vilnius. She is planning to stay in Vilnius after completing her studies, however she is not rejecting the possibility of going abroad to gain more experience. She...
EFHR visits Money Museum

EFHR visits Money Museum

Posted on April 06, 2016 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) staff and volunteers visited the Money Museum of Lithuania on Tuesday 29 March 2016. Our European Voluntary Service (EVS) volunteers Aneta Maciejewska and Leah Nedahl as well as Erasmus + intern Przemysław Ogrodnik thoroughly enjoyed the trip. The tour was very interesting and gave our volunteers a great overview of the history of money, as well as the evolution of banking and money in Lithuania. Visitors can learn about the interesting history of money (for example: did you know that the first currencies were cattle and seashells?) and see a...
Restriction of liberty for 17 hateful comments

Restriction of liberty for 17 hateful comments

Posted on April 05, 2016 by admin
www.delfi.lt (R.Achmedovo nuotr.) The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) is continuing its fight against hate speech on the Internet. An inhabitant of Kaunas, A. G. (a working, married man with an academic degree), has been convicted of a record number of comments (17), in which he incited hatred and encouraged physical violence. The Kaunas District Court (Kauno miesto apylinkės teismas) issued a criminal order for A.G. On the basis of the petitions filed by a specialist from the Office of the Inspectorate of Journalist Ethics (Žurnalistų etikos inspektoriaus tarnyba), the court...
Support the European Foundation of Human Rights - donate 2%

Support the European Foundation of Human Rights – donate 2%

Posted on April 04, 2016 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) has been working only since 2010 and has already achieved so much. This is all thanks to the help of the people like YOU! Thanks to your support we are able to continue our actions in aid of respecting the human rights and the rights of the ethnic minorities in Lithuania. In 2015, we managed to win a landmark court case regarding the original spelling of names and surnames of the citizens of Lithuania in their identity documents – the court allowed a surname to be spelled with “W”; we have filed 129 applications about the cases...
Polish version of Vilnius municipality website created in cooperation with EFHR

Polish version of Vilnius municipality website created in cooperation with EFHR

Posted on April 03, 2016 by admin
www.vilnius.lt Thanks to cooperation between EFHR and Vilnius City, which aims at supporting national minorities residing in Vilnius, a Polish version of the local government website vilnius.lt has been launched. EFHR gladly undertakes all activities that are intended to improve communication between the local authorities, national minorities and foreigners. Since August 2015 EFHR has provided information to all clients in four languages: Lithuanian, Polish, Russian and English. Recently another step was taken — a Polish and Russian language version of the website was launched. This was...
Human rights in business — the challenges and good practice

Human rights in business — the challenges and good practice

Posted on April 01, 2016 by admin
On 31 March 2016 The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) shared the knowledge and practical examples from the field of human rights in business with the members of Lithuanian Responsible Business Association (LAVA, Lietuvos atsakingo verslo asociacija). The training was carried out by the assistant attorney Evelina Baliko, a representative of EFHR. Speech titled ”Protection of human rights in the business: what is important and why? How business contributes to the protection of human rights. Problems in Lithuania and the greatest challenges” familiarized participants with legal...