Archive for October, 2016

EFHR hosted a conference on minority rights

EFHR hosted a conference on minority rights

Posted on October 31, 2016 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
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 glad to acknowledge that more people participated in this year’s conference than previous year, when the conference was held for the first time. This year, the conference room was full to the last seat. The conference not...
Another case concerning hate speech won

Another case concerning hate speech won

Posted on October 25, 2016 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
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) in an application sent to the Prosecutor’s Office stresses that on July 18th and 19th 2016, M.J. under the pseudonym “ABONETAS”, had written two comments under the article entitled “The truth has come to light: the...
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?

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?

Posted on October 20, 2016 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
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 respect for private life and free movement of persons. On 12 October 2016, the The District Court of Varėna Region passed the judgement in the case of ‘Bobrowski’ obliging the Civil Registry Office of Varena Region to entry the surname of the citizen of...
EFHR invites to the Conference on the Overview of National Minorities Rights in Lithuania

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

Posted on October 19, 2016 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
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 situation of national minorities in the Republic of Lithuania (Lithuania) and the level of minority rights protection in terms of international obligations. During the Conference participants will discuss and assess draft...
The EFHR continued campaigning against hate speech at the Vilnius International School

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

Posted on October 17, 2016 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
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 identify it and what kind of legal procedure and sanctions might the perpetrators face. Also, discrimination in job advertising was shortly discussed. The lecture was everything but a monologue. The event was highly interactive as the pupils were...
Courts' challange to the newly elected Seimas – 'x' and 'w'

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

Posted on October 11, 2016 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
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 Migration Board to refuse the issuing the passport for the minor Alexia Gorecki-Mickiewicz and obliged to issue a new one following the original spelling of her name and surname. Alexia has been already living in Lithuania for eleven years and...
A new Intern at the EFHR from Germany

A new Intern at the EFHR from Germany

Posted on October 10, 2016 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
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 institutions in Germany, he mixes the different abilities and experiences he gained during his work with his academic interests. As a project manager for the city municipality of Kassel, Germany, he finished a project, which enables people...
The EFHR welcomes a new intern from Finland

The EFHR welcomes a new intern from Finland

Posted on October 07, 2016 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
Heikki Aho is a Constitutional Law student at the University of Tampere, Finland. As a last year student, he is hoping to contribute especially to the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) legal activities. Heikki is particularly interested in rights of national minorities. This is the field, he has also selected for his currently ongoing Master thesis. Within the thesis, he analyses and compares minority related case laws of the European Court of Human Rights and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. Heikki has gained some previous international experience while studying abroad. In...
EFHR meeting with the OSCE representative

EFHR meeting with the OSCE representative

Posted on October 06, 2016 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
On the 27th of September 2016 European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) met with the representative of the High Commissioner on National Minorities of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). The representative came to Lithuania with other representatives of  the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) for a mission to observe the parliamentary elections. It is not the first time EFHR has met with representatives of the OSCE...
Series of EFHR trainings in the field of introducing international law have finished

Series of EFHR trainings in the field of introducing international law have finished

Posted on October 03, 2016 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
On September 29 at Kazimieras Simonavičius University (Kazimiero Simonavičiaus Universitetas) European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) carried out a second part of training course in the field of introducing international law. Information concerning the first part of a training, related to applying international law and European Union law in the issues concerning discrimination in Lithuania, are available, among others, here. Training entitled “Freedom of speech: realization and limitations” was conducted by an attorney Evelina Davidavičiūtė. Within the training course were...