Archive for 2017

Migration office urges Lithuanians to abandon their nationality

Migration office urges Lithuanians to abandon their nationality

Posted on April 04, 2017 by admin
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 everything to urge Lithuanian citizens ;to abandon their nationality. During the conference organized by The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) it has been found out that Migration office worker has suggested kids who have Lithuanian...
EFHR has been with you already for 7 years – help us grow

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

Posted on March 17, 2017 by admin
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 consciousness. We actively monitor the cyberspace and report hate speech. We have filed 588 motions with the prosecutors office. Since 2015 we offer an out of charge legal aid to people who apply for original spelling of their...
The final verdict – letter ‘w’ in identity card

The final verdict – letter ‘w’ in identity card

Posted on March 07, 2017 by admin
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 a decade ago. On 7 November, 2016 the District Court of Vilnius Region issued a decision in which obliged the Civil Registrar’s Office to issue a new marriage certificate with the letter ‘w’ in the surname of Lithuanian woman of Polish descent who married Polish citizen....
Juridical nihilism continues - ‘x’ in documents issued by Lithuania

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

Posted on March 03, 2017 by admin
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 in original language is not questioned by Population Register, however, in Lithuanian passport it is obliged to incorporate and formally adopt the artificially made Lithuanian form, i.e., institutions view in the Register and birth certificate...
Kaunas Regional Administrative Court said “yes” for “w”

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

Posted on February 23, 2017 by admin
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 indicate that petitioner’s family is identified on the basis of the original spelling of the surname “Wade”. Children are citizens of the United Kingdom and have English passports. The family frequently travels across the EU...
New achievement in the case of proper names spelling

New achievement in the case of proper names spelling

Posted on February 18, 2017 by admin
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 which involve translation. In the analysis of the current case it was identified that the petitioner had a marriage with the citizen of the Republic of Poland, A.O., and chose her husband’s surname. In the marriage certificate...
EVS vacancy in Poland!  Volunteering for YOUTH

EVS vacancy in Poland! Volunteering for YOUTH

Posted on January 24, 2017 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
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 the project: 15th February – 15th June Venue: Kielce, Poland The aim of the project: to increase social participation,especially of young people,  and encourage their active participation in the creation of...
The Mayor of Vilnius expresses his gratitude towards the European Foundation of Human Rights

The Mayor of Vilnius expresses his gratitude towards the European Foundation of Human Rights

Posted on January 20, 2017 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
J.Stacevičiaus nuotr. lietuvosdiena.lrytas.lt On the January 17th this year, the Mayor of Vilnius gave thanks to the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) and other organizations, institutions, volunteers and enterprises for the cooperation in 2016. “Today, I invite everyone to share the joy for the achievements of the Vilnius District – the previous year was very favourable for us, but also full of challenges. You can take credit for the beauty, vigour and development of the city, thanks to your good intentions. I want to express my genuine gratitude to all, who contributed to...
Lithuanian’s year in the European Court of Human Rights

Lithuanian’s year in the European Court of Human Rights

Posted on January 17, 2017 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
European Court of Human Rights (hereinafter “the Court”) in Strasbourg is one of the core bodies of the Council of Europe framework. The Court functions as a last option defender of human rights recognised in the European Convention of Human Rights. Every individual can address his/her case to the Court if he/she thinks that his/her human rights have been infringed, and state’s juridical mechanisms have failed to provide correction to the injustice. During its lifespan, the Court has gained significant juridical power among the European states. In other words, the states usually respect...
Restriction of personal liberty for one year and a half for 15 comments on the Internet

Restriction of personal liberty for one year and a half for 15 comments on the Internet

Posted on January 13, 2017 by Krystyna Wojciukiewicz
DELFI (T.Vinicko nuotr.) On January 5th, Kaunas Regional Court examined the penal case of R.P. on grounds of his appeal against the judgment of The District Court of Prienai Region from April 12th 2016, when R.P. was found guilty on the basis of articles 2 and 3 of paragraph 170 of The Criminal Code of the Republic of Lithuania – for public taunting, encouraging hatred and promotion of discrimination against a group of people of Russian nationality or a person who constitute a part of it and for promoting violence in public. In 2015, European Foundation of Human Rights (hereinafter...
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