Archive for November, 2016

International Human Rights Day – new artistic competition for pupils

International Human Rights Day – new artistic competition for pupils

Posted on November 29, 2016 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
In celebration of the International Human Rights Day on the 10th of December, the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) would like to announce a creative art competition for 5th to 8th grade pupils and for 9th to 12th grade pupils. The topic of the competition for pupils from 5th until 8th grade is “We are all different, but we are all equal”, for pupils from 9th until 12th grade the topic is “Stand up for someone’s rights”. Based on these topics, the pupils are asked to use their imagination and become creative by creating an artwork. So artworks could consist of ideas on a...
CERD concluding observations on Lithuania

CERD concluding observations on Lithuania

Posted on November 21, 2016 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
The Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) is a body of independent experts, which monitors implementation of the United Nation’s Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination by periodic country report procedure. On 6 January 2016, the CERD released its concluding observations on the combined sixth to eighth periodic reports of Lithuania. The report acknowledges multiple positive legislative acts and public policies, such as the Action plan for Roma integration into Lithuanian society for 2015-2020, the inter-institutional Action plan for...
EFHR about the equality and the protection of private life in the workplace

EFHR about the equality and the protection of private life in the workplace

Posted on November 18, 2016 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
On November 15th, the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) organised a training course at the head office of the company “PakMarkas“. „PakMarkas” is one of the strongest and leading-edge companies in Lithuania offering packing and marking solutions. It is not the first time EFHR organises a business-related training course – in spring of this year, the Foundation also conducted a similar training for members of the Responsible Business Association of Lithuania (LAVA, Lietuvos atsakingo verslo asociacija), associating 24 entities. At the invitation of the company, EFHR...
Joanna is a new volunteer from Poland

Joanna is a new volunteer from Poland

Posted on November 11, 2016 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
Joanna Andrecka is a third year student of law at the University of Lodz In Poland. Currently she is studying at the Vilnius University, as a part of the six-month Erasmus exchange.  In the course of her studies, she had an opportunity to be acquainted with the broad spectrum of law areas that is implied on this field of study. However this student is interested the most in the civil law branch, patent law, protection of intellectual and industrial property rights and also in mediations. What is more, recently she focused on the Human Rights in the European Union as well. One of the subjects...
International Day Against Fascism and Antisemitism

International Day Against Fascism and Antisemitism

Posted on November 10, 2016 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
On Wednesday 09th of November, an historical day in two ways, the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) held a small conference about the prevention of fascism, hatred and discrimination. The event was held due to the International Day Against Fascism and Antisemitism and it took place at the Contemporary Art Center (CAC) in Vilnius. The Event, organized by Maximilian Gallo, an intern of the EFHR, was opened by his presentation concerning with the reconnection of Human Rights and Human Thinking and its connection to issues of repressive discrimination. The presentation created the...
EFHR at the training course for the EVS supporters

EFHR at the training course for the EVS supporters

Posted on November 09, 2016 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
On November 3-7, the employees of organisations implementing the European Voluntary Service’s projects and people cooperating with volunteers from abroad on a daily basis (tutors, mentors), arrived to the little town of Villa Nova de Gaia, Portugal, in order to acquire new skills in implementing such projects. The main aim of the training “SOHO – European Training Course for EVS Support People” was to improve the quality of EVS projects by gaining new competences (knowledge, skills, attitudes). The training focused on several thematic blocks, such as understanding the concept of EVS;...
The Court determined: the diverse spelling of surnames causes inconveniences

The Court determined: the diverse spelling of surnames causes inconveniences

Posted on November 07, 2016 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
On 7 November 2016, the District Court of Vilnius City passed the judgement in the case of ‘Wardyn’. The Court obliged the Civil Registry Office to issue a new Marriage Certificate entering ‘w’ into the surname of the Lithuanian of Polish nationality, who has got married with the citizen of Poland. While the passing the judgement, the Court considered the explanations of the European Court of Human Rights and assessed the actual circumstances. The Court stated that ‘The applicants are of the Polish nationality, clearly identify themselves with the Polish nationality, has obtained...
EFHR participated once again in the conference UNITED

EFHR participated once again in the conference UNITED

Posted on November 06, 2016 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
On 26 and 31 October this year, in Macedonia, right next to the picturesque town of Ohrid, a representative of the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) took part in an international conference organized by the UNITED network under the title: ” LIVING TOGETHER: Transform a Divided Past Into Our Common Future ”. Considering the problems currently afflicting Europe, the UNITED decided once again to organize an anti-racism conference, which was attended by (several) dozens of people,  representing non-governmental organizations from more than 30 countries. The main...
The court has decided - the government is not a socially vulnerable group

The court has decided – the government is not a socially vulnerable group

Posted on November 04, 2016 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
On 4 November 2016, after examining the criminal case, the district court of Kaunas city acquitted Viktorija K. and Linas K. of the charges which state that on the 16 February 2015 (on the Lithuanian Independence day), in public spaces in Kaunas, together with two other persons they were putting up posters with the writing ‘’Sudegink Ruklą, deportuok vyriausybę, imigrantai welcome’’ (translation: ‘’Burn Rukla (The Refugees Reception Centre in Lithuania), deport the government, welcome the refugees’’), i.e. the charges were pressed due to the public incitement of people to...