Archive for May, 2016

Europe Day Poster Gallery at the European Commission Representation in Vilnius

Europe Day Poster Gallery at the European Commission Representation in Vilnius

Posted on May 27, 2016 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
We are pleased to announce that a number of the posters from our recent EFHR Europe Day competition have been chosen to go on display in a gallery at the Information Centre of the European Commission Representation in Vilnius (Gedimino pr. 16). The exhibition consists of a selection of the poster competition entries, and includes the entry from the Over 13s category winner Ivona Gilevska, (Vilniaus Rajono Kyviškių pagrindinė mokykla), as well as Under 13s winner Gabija Kaulakytė (Kaišiadorių kultūros centras). You can also see the winning entry of our Facebook-favourite voting...
Protecting Minority rights using theatre as a tool

Protecting Minority rights using theatre as a tool

Posted on May 26, 2016 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
The training course „Minority Rights in Europe – Play and Change“ was organized by the Roma Youth Centre for youth workers, leaders and trainers working in local communities in Poland, Lithuania, Hungary, Romania, Portugal, Macedonia, Italy, Turkey, Germany and France. The course took place between the 11th and the 19th of May 2016 in the small, beautiful city of Struga in Macedonia. The main objectives of the project was to gain theatre skills necessary for understanding the needs of socially excluded and marginalized young people such as: minorities, migrants, asylum seekers,...
US Department of State reports on minority rights violations in Lithuania

US Department of State reports on minority rights violations in Lithuania

Posted on May 25, 2016 by admin
The US Department of State has released its annual report on Lithuania. The Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor is the department responsible for the Country Report on Human Rights Practices for 2015 in Lithuania. Like a number of previous reports mentioned by EFHR, this document has drawn attention to discrimination in relation to national minorities living in Lithuania. The department, which is responsible for the country’s international relations, diplomatic missions and foreign policy, considered the governmental attitude in Lithuania regarding international and non-governmental...
Presentations for Europe Day

Presentations for Europe Day

Posted on May 18, 2016 by admin
Ivona Gilevska, Vilniaus Rajono Kyviškių pagrindinė mokykla On the 10th and 11th of May 2016 our European Voluntary Service (EVS) volunteers gave two presentations about the European Union and European values for Europe Day (which is celebrated on the 9th May). Aneta Maciejewska and Leah Nedahl visited a day care centre, which is a part of SOS vaikų kaimai Lietuvoje (SOS Children’s Villages). The centre is a place for young people and children, especially those who are disadvantaged and at risk of social exclusion, to spend their time. About 15 people aged between 7 and 15...
The problem of spelling of first names and surnames was talked over during the conference organised by EFHR

The problem of spelling of first names and surnames was talked over during the conference organised by EFHR

Posted on May 16, 2016 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
www.pasauliolietuvis.lt On the 13th of May 2016, European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) organised a conference entitled “The Spelling of Names and Surnames – Challenges and Decisions” concerning the issue of original spelling of names. Ewelina Baliko, attorney’s assistant, who represents families fighting in courts for the right to the original spelling of names and surnames, presented the problems of families struggling with the variant spelling of surnames. The majority of clients are Lithuanian women who married a foreigner. In accordance with the laws that are currently in...
Europe Day – Poster Competition Results

Europe Day – Poster Competition Results

Posted on May 11, 2016 by admin
Over 13 category – winners In order to celebrate and promote Europe Day on the 9th of May, the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) organized a poster competition. The subject of the works, which were created by using various artistic techniques, was Europe Day, the European Union, European values and diversity.  The interest in the competition went above and beyond our expectations – we received 117 fantastic posters! It has been really difficult, but we have finally chosen the winners! On the basis of the variety of entries we received, we decided to create two age...
'The Spelling of Names and Surnames – Challenges and Decisions' Conference

‘The Spelling of Names and Surnames – Challenges and Decisions’ Conference

Posted on May 06, 2016 by admin
On the 13th of May in the Council Chamber of the City of Vilnius’ local government, the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) is organizing a conference titled “The Spelling of Names and Surnames – Challenges and Decisions.” The aim of the conference is to provide an overview of Lithuanian law in regard to the spelling of names and surnames, as well as the latest court practice (with a focus on the “Pauwels” and “Wardyn” cases). Possible solutions will also form part of the discussion. During previous parliamentary sessions, Members of Parliament have failed to reach...
EFHR to take part in Europe Day exam

EFHR to take part in Europe Day exam

Posted on May 04, 2016 by admin
On Monday 9th May the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) will help to celebrate Europe Day by completing an online test about Europe. ‘The Europe Exam’ is a quiz about the European Union. Candidates will be faced with a set of questions of varying difficulty and these will be concerned with the development of the EU, its activities, the Member States, policies and news. This year, particular attention will be paid to young businesses and migration within Europe. This is a great opportunity for an EFHR employee or intern to be rewarded for their knowledge about...
EFHR took part in the SNPL’s Conference devoted to the rights of national minorities

EFHR took part in the SNPL’s Conference devoted to the rights of national minorities

Posted on May 03, 2016 by admin
wilnoteka.lt/Bartosz Frątczak From the 28th– 30th of April in Vilnius, The Association of Polish Academics in Lithuania (SNPL), together with the University of Bialystok Faculty of Economic-Informatics (Lithuania branch), and the Institute of National Security of the Pomeranian Academy in Slupsk organized an international, cross-disciplinary, scientific conference titled “National Minorities – an Opportunity, a Challenge, or a Threat to National Security” (see the full agenda). During the conference, the representative of the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR)...