The EFHR Conception of National Minorities

On April 18, 2019, the Department of National Minorities under the Government of the Republic of Lithuania organized a discussion about the concept of national minorities. Gžegož Sakson, the Chairman of the Union of Polish Lawyers in Lithuania, Imantas Melianas, an ethnoconflictologist, and Evelina Dobrovolska, a representative of the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR),…

Court: Existing legal regulation is not sufficient to guarantee the rights of individuals

On April 12, 2019 Panevėžys District Court has decided that the civil status record may contain a surname with the letter “x”. In 2018 the applicant married a Belgian national and chose the spouse’s name. However, when registering a marriage in Lithuania, Panevėžys Registrar’s Office did not satisfy the applicant’s request to enter her surname…

The CERD Alternative Report was submitted by EFHR and LCHR

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) and the Lithuanian Centre for Human Rights (LCHR) have submitted their Alternative Report for the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD). International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) was ratified by Lithuania in 1998. This “shadow report” aims to provide alternative…

Is the slogan “Lithuania for Lithuanians” – a hate crime?

April 9, 2019, the District Court of Vilnius City issued a judgment in the case, which became a cause célèbre and concerned a hate crime committed against Fabian Sanchez, a citizen of Ecuador. The Court found J.Malinovski and E.Lukasevicius guilty of causing a public nuisance under the rule of Article 284 of the Criminal Code of Republic of Lithuania (Criminal Code) and…

New intern from Ukraine – Ganna Dudinska

Ganna is a human rights lawyer, a researcher and a civil society activist from Ukraine. Ganna holds LLB from the National University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy and LLM in Human Rights from Central European University. Originally, Ganna comes from the city of Donetsk, Eastern Ukraine. However, the war forced her to flee and she found…

First court decision in klaipeda: letter „w“ is allowable

On 3rd of April this year Klaipeda District Court issued a decision about the original spelling of a letter „w“ in a marriage certificate. Whereas European Foundation of Human Rights has won over 40 cases in Lithuanian courts, it is the first court ruling in Klaipeda. In 2018 applicant got married to a citizen of Switzerland and took his surname in its original form…