Police cannot tell the difference between Polish and Soviet Union flag

On the 2nd of May, as a part of celebrating the day of the Polish Diaspora and Poles Abroad and the day of the Polish flag, Mrs. Lilia Kiejzik displayed the polish flag on her balcony. Soon after that, police officers came and demanded her to hide the flag, without any explanations. It has been…

Migration office urges Lithuanians to abandon their nationality

The matter of spelling names and surnames, especially problematic for families where one parent is a Lithuanian citizen and another is a foreigner, is getting worse. Lithuanian politicians cannot find common ground in the bill. Courts investigate several dozens of cases pledging w, x and q letters in the population register. Migration office is doing…

EFHR hosting a discussion ‘United or divided: racial discrimination in Lithuania’

On 23rd of March European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) organized a discussion called ‘United or divided: racial discrimination in Lithuania’. Agnieszka Malinauskaitė, the administrator of EFHR, introduced activities of the Foundation recalling about giving the unpaid legal support, about the campaign against hate speech and discrimination by cooperating with Equal Opportunities Ombudsman, organizing trainings…

EFHR has been with you already for 7 years – help us grow

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) is actively acting towards human rights. In 2016 we organized a lot of trainings for school pupils, students, companies and seniors. We also organized two international conferences on national minorities and spelling of names and surnames. We are continuously working towards prevention of hate speech by developing social…

The final verdict – letter ‘w’ in identity card

Today the Supreme Administrative Court of Lithuania issued final and not debatable rule on the inscription of the letter ‘w’ in Lithuanian passport and identity card in the case of Wardyn. The surname of Wardyn is well known as one of the first families who started to fight for the original spelling of proper names…

Juridical nihilism continues – ‘x’ in documents issued by Lithuania

This week the Supreme Administrative Court of Lithuania issued two final rules on the spelling of proper names – in the cases of Jacquet and Mickiewicz the court obliged to incorporate in children’s passports their proper names in Lithuanian as well as in original language. This court’s decision created an ambiguous situation – the inscription…

Kaunas Regional Administrative Court said “yes” for “w”

On 23 February 2017 the Kaunas Regional Administrative Court referred to the case of the refusal to issue children with Lithuanian passports with the letter “w” in the Migration Office. The court ruled that Lithunian passports with the surname “Wade” must be issued to juveniles. The court acknowledged that petitioner’s family faces many problems. Documents…

One more achievement in case of writing original surname

European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) is happy for the new achievement. On 2017 January 16 Vilnius Country Court obliged Vilnius City Register Office to change the surname of the petitioner by giving a new marriage certificate with the letter w in it. As the application states, Vilnius City Register Office’s refusal to change the…

New achievement in the case of proper names spelling

On 3 February, 2017 the district court of Kaišiadoriai obligated the Civil Registry office (municipality’s administration) of the area of Kaišiadoriai to issue a new marriage certificate which includes the letter ‘w’. During the analysis of the case, the court considered the clarifying of the Court of Justice of the European Union and factual circumstances…

EVS vacancy in Poland! Volunteering for YOUTH

The European Voluntary Service (EVS) project is supposed to seek  for development and promotion of local and European volunteering in the city of Kielce and its region through participation in a local project for youth development and  initiatives “Bus Stop for Youth”. The project is  looking for volunteers from Germany, Estonia and Lithuania. Dates of…

CASE OF ALBRECHTAS v. LITHUANIA – Application no. 1886/06 (2016)

Facts: The case originated in an application against the Republic of Lithuania lodged with the Court under Article 34 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms by a Lithuanian national, Mr Alvydas Albrechtas, on 19 December 2005. The applicant alleged a breach of Article 5 of the Convention, arguing that,…

CASE OF ŽILINSKIENĖ v. LITHUANIA – Application no. 57675/09 (2015)

Facts: The case originated with an application against the Republic of Lithuania lodged with the Court under Article 34 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms by a Lithuanian national, Ms Kostancija Žilinskienė (herein referred to as ‘the applicant’), on 19 October 2009. The case involves a dispute about the…

CASE OF ARBAČIAUSKIENĖ v. LITHUANIA – Application no. 2971/08 (2016)

Facts: The case originated in an application against the Republic of Lithuania lodged with the Court under Article 34 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (“the Convention”) by a Lithuanian national, Ms Marija Arbačiauskienė (“the applicant”), on 9 January 2008. Issue: The applicant alleged that the domestic authorities had…

CASE OF YUSIV v. LITHUANIA – Application no. 55894/13 (2016)

Facts On the evening of 22 October 2011, the applicant, 16 years-old Ukrainian citizen, was arrested in Kaunas after an attempted runaway. He was suspected of committing a robbery earlier that evening. During the time in custody, the applicant got serious bruises in his body and afterward he had problems walking. The applicant claims that…

CASE OF BIRŽIETIS v. LITHUANIA – Application no. 49304/09 (2016)

Chamber Judgement 14 June 2016 Violation of Article 8 The Facts On November 2006 the applicant began serving a prison sentence at the Marijampolė Correctional Facility. In prison, he wanted to grow a beard for health reasons. He had been diagnosed with tongue cancer and he had undergone radiation treatment. Therefore, shaving irritated his skin.…

CASE OF KRAULAIDIS v. LITHUANIA – Application no. 76805/11 (2016)

Chamber JUDGMENT 8 November 2016 Violation of Article 3 of the Convention. The applicant invoked Article 6 § 1 and Article 13 of the Convention, but Court considers that the complaint falls under the procedural limb of Article 3 of the Convention. The facts The applicant, driving a motorcycle, collided with a car driven by…

CASE OF MISIUKONIS and OTHERS v. LITHUANIA – Application no. 49426/09 (2016)

Chamber Judgement 15 November 2016 -Violation of Article 1 of Protocol No. 1 The applicants, Jurgis Misiukonis, Birutė Misiukonienė, and Jurgita Visockienė, are Lithuanian nationals. Mr Misiukonis and Ms Misiukonienė are married. Ms Visockienė is their daughter, and lives in France. The case concerned payments made for certain property rights. On 26 January 2001, with…

CASE OF URBŠIENĖ and URBŠYS v. LITHUANIA – Application no. 16580/09 (2016)

Chamber Judgement 8 November 2016 Violation of Article 6 § 1 – on account of the refusal of legal aid The applicants, Rimanta Irena Urbšienė and Dalius Urbšys, are Lithuanian nationals who were born in 1963 and 1964 respectively and live in Kaunas (Lithuania). They are a married couple. The case concerned the fairness of…

CASE OF GEDRIMAS V. LITHUANIA – Application no. 21048/12 (2016)

Chamber Judgement 12 July 2016 Violation of Article 3 (inhuman treatment) (procedural limb) The applicant, Aleksandras Gedrimas, is a Lithuanian national who was born in 1950 and lives in Jonava (Lithuania). The case concerned his complaint of having been ill-treated by the police. Mr Gedrimas, who worked as a guard in a garage complex, was…