The report of the Commissioner for Human Rights on Lithuania in a nutshell

On 19 April this year, the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe, Nils Muižnieks made the report on women rights, gender equality, children’s rights and the rights of persons with disabilities available after his visit in Lithuania between 5 and 9 December 2016. The Commissioner expressed his concern about the statistical data…

Continuation of the cooperation of EFHR and UNITED

On days 7-12 of April 2017, in a small Melnik town placed 30km from Prague (Czech Republic), a conference organized by UNITED called ‘Rewind Radicalization – building up strategies against extremism’. Leszek Jankowski was the representative of EFHR and spoke about radicalization process in Lithuania. One of the biggest problems in Europe is radicalization. Main…

The letter “w” challenge – Parliament hesitates, and the courts are working

On April 11th 2017 Vilnius District Court passed another ruling on the writing of the letter “w” in the marriage certificate. The court stated that “the applicant has married a Polish citizen Bartłomiej Makarewicz and chose the name – Mušeikytė-Makarewicz”. In Poland it is identified as Mušeikytė-Makarewicz. For this reason, the refusal to register and…

EFHR meeting NGO representatives as a part of fighting hate speech

On the 10th of April in NGO Avilys main office a meeting of NGO representatives took place to fight hate speech. National Institute for Social Integration (Nacionalinis socialinės integracijos institutas) was hosting the meeting. The meeting was attended by representatives of EFHR Agnieszka Malinauskait, Virginija Prasmickait, the representative of Civil Liberties Union for Europe Kristina…

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…

Trainings for students at the John Paul II Gymnasium

On 22nd, 24th and 31st of March representatives of European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) Leszek Jankowski and Ewelina Baliko delivered at the John Paul II Gymnasium in Vilnius. The purpose of this trainings was to familiarise young students about EFHR, possibilities of traineeship and volunteering, introduce youth to hate speech phenomenon and cases of…