The EFHR welcomes a new intern from Finland

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…

EFHR meeting with the OSCE representative

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…

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

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,…

A new volunteer at EFHR

Karolina Bryk is a second year European Studies student of bachelor degree at the University of Warsaw. The European union fields, which interest her the most, are international cooperation and European union founds, which help to downscale economic inequality between member states. Her curriculum includes such subjects: political science, economics, legal sciences, therefore she decided…

EFHR is continuing its fight against incitement to hatred

On 15th of March 2016 on lrytas website appeared an article entitled: “ Confusion in Russia: Revolt against annexation of Crimea” (lit.: “„Rusijoje – sujudimas: įsiutino aneksuoto Krymo klausimas“), below which, the same day, a person under the nickname “DEBILAI RUSKELIAI” posted a comment: “atomic on your head, not on Crimea” (lit.:” „atomine jums ant…

Volunteering work by Arnoldas Ignatčikas

Arnoldas Ignatčikas is an European Studies student at the Kaunas University of Technology. He is twenty one years old and has academic experience locally as well as internationally. He studied at RheinAhrCampus, Honschule Koblenz (University of Applied Sciences) in Remagen, Germany for one year. It was the most outstanding  time in his young life. Studying…

The EVS Project “Promote diversity, promote human rights” is about to end

The project entitled “Promote diversity, promote human rights” which was realized with the partners from Poland (Bona Fides Civic Activity Association) and Great Britain (The English Law Students’ Association ELSA) in the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) is about to end. The aim of the project, realized within the Erasmus + program, was improving…

Trainings on human rights in public institutions

The awareness and knowledge of the human rights among the Lithuanians is weak. We wrote about it here. The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) wanted to know what actions do the public institutions take to raise awareness of human rights. EFHR asked them for information about the organized training courses on the subject of…

EFHR concerned about the lack of knowledge about the protection of human rights

In 2014, on order of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Lithuania (Lietuvos Respublikos Teisingumo Ministerija) an opinion poll dedicated to research the level of knowledge about the protection of human rights was conducted. The study shows that only 21% of respondents believes that they have enough knowledge to protect their rights. 34%…

EFHR invited to OSCE workshops

On the 12th and 13th July the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) organized workshops in Vilnius devoted to tackling the issue of hate speech. The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) is pleased to have received the invitation from OSCE and was very…

EFHR victory in the fight against hate speech

On May 19, 2016, the District Court in Panevezys adjudicated in a criminal case in which Lithuanian citizen V. S. was found guilty of incitement to hatred on the website lrytas.lt. Currently, the convicted man is unemployed, divorced, has secondary education and lives in Panevezys. V. S. was indicted for writing seven comments inciting to…

Court’s decision: “w” is to be written in the Lithuanian’s passport

On 4th July 2016 the Vilnius Regional Administrative Court adopted the definitive ruling regarding the original spelling of first and last names. The court obliged the Migration Board to write the letter “w” in the citizen’s of the Republic of Lithuania (RL) passport. The court stated, “The decision of the Migration Board in which it…

One More Victory Regarding Original Spelling of First and Last Names

On 1st July the Vilnius City District Court adopted a ruling in which it obliged the Registry Office to issue a new marriage certificate with the surname “Weston” written with the original “w” for a Lithuanian woman who married a citizen of New Zealand. It is the fifth won court case already concerning the written…

EFHR’s Visit to the Campanile of St John’s Church

Last Friday (17.06.2016) the EFHR team – both staff and volunteers – enjoyed an afternoon excursion to the campanile of St John’s Church in Vilnius Old Town. Our European Voluntary Service (EVS) volunteers Aneta Maciejewska and Leah Nedahl as well as interns Gabrielė Račaitytė and Karina Gędłek thoroughly enjoyed their visit to the highest building…

Another win. Courts agree — ”w” has the right to exist

On 22nd June 2016 Vilnius City District Court issued a ruling which obliges the Registry Office to change the spelling of surname of Lithuanian resident with Polish nationality to its original form — from ”Vardyn” to ”Wardyn” — and issue a new birth certificate. This is the second case won by the Wardyn family —…

EFHR competition in honour of the 20th anniversary of EVS – Results

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) organized a Facebook competition on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the European Voluntary Service (EVS). We invited participants to write a text/poem/song/anything at all promoting EVS and encouraging young people to participate in an EVS programme! We received entries in both English and Lithuanian. We decided…