EFHR took part in international youth exchange ‘Let’s stop hate speech’

On days 21-29 of April in Wierzchosławice administrative district an international youth exchange ‘Let’s stop hate speech’ took place. Representatives of Poland, Lithuania, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Romania and Bulgaria participated in it. One of the aims was to answer the question, where is the border between freedom of speech and hate speech and how tolerant…

EFHR trainings in Kaunas

On the 17th of May the lawyer of EFHR Leszek Jankowski carried out training course for the participants of ‘Make Love Speech’. The project aims to broaden the knowledge on intolerance, promote human rights and support ‘No hate speech’ in Lithuania. Representative of EFHR had a chance to introduce participants to current situation of hate…

Polish Television in Lithuania – where does it head?

Project of broadcasting TV programs from Poland as a counterbalance for propaganda distributed by Russian channels has been announced by the May 3 Group in Seimas in Autumn last year. Politicians agreed that inhabitants of Vilnius Region need an access to polish informative broadcasts, but Lithuanian Radio and Television Centre (Telecentre) prepared two projects of…

‘Free Reading’ project popularity is growing

EFHR has been encouraging readers from Lithuania to use internet library https://wolnelektury.pl/ already for some years. ‘Free Reading’ is a Modern Poland Foundation project carried and cooperated with National Library, Silesian Library and Elbląg Library under the patronage of Ministry of National Education, Ministry of Culture and National Heritage as well as of Polish Writers’…

VSD report: Special rights of Poles are dangerous for the country

On the 3rd of April VSD and Second Investigation Department under MND prepared a report on national security dangers. We can find there that ‘Russia aims for countrymen to constantly increase demands on receiving special rights for Polish society in Vilnius Region. If Polish society receives special rights, it would be a pretext for Russia…

Petition on language rights of Poles in Lithuania in the radar of EP

On the 4th of May a meeting of Committee on Petitions of the European Parliament has been held, considering petition of Tomasz Snarski No 0358/2011 from 31st of March 2011, about language rights of Poles living in Lithuania, being supported by EFHR. The first examination of petition took place on the 24th of April 2012…

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…

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…

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…