EFHR welcomes a new team member

Marta is a Polish-born youth worker, facilitator, and trainer. She moved to Vilnius from Riga, where she initially began to explore life in the Baltic states. Marta has recently graduated from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań obtaining a master’s degree in security studies. Additionally, she holds a bachelor’s degree in Finno-Ugric philology. Combining these two…

The impressions of the volunteer after the project at Vilnius Šilas School

On May 31 ended the European Solidarity Corps project, in which a psychology student from Italy, Giulia Girella, took part. She volunteered at Vilnius Šilas School, where she contributed to the promotion of the communication, social skills, independence and integration of children that have various learning and intellectual disabilities. Giulia participated in the after class…

Turto bankas is obliged to submit replies in the case of Sports Hall reconstruction

The District Court of Vilnius City has accepted the plaintiff’s Yosef Yizhak Pines’ revised action to the defendant state enterprise Turto bankas regarding the reconstruction of Sports Hall and obliged the defendant to submit a reply. If the reply is not submitted, the court will have a right to adopt a decision in default. The…

Vilnius citizens learned about disability thanks to the initiative of Italian volunteer

Last Thursday Giulia Girella, a volunteer at Vilnius Šilas School, presented the final event of the European Solidarity Corps (ESC) project “What do we know about disability?” at the bookshop “VAGA”. The event was designed to share knowledge about working with children who have special education needs and to discuss the inclusion of such children…

EFHR publishes translations of the CERD recommendations

May 10, 2019, the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination has issued its Concluding observations on the combined 9th and 10th periodic reports of Lithuania (concluding observations). The document opens with positive changes in Lithuanian legal and policy frameworks, in particular, the accreditation of the Seimas Ombudsman’s Office, adoption of three action plans (integration…

EFHR is participating in the festival of discussions “Būtent!” Once again!

For the third year in a row, people will gather in the festival of discussions “Būtent!” (“Makes sense!”), which takes place September 6-7, 2019 in Birštonas, to discuss the topics that are important to the society. Same as last year, the organizers have announced an open contest for the discussion topics and out of 80…

The EFHR met with representatives of OSCE regarding presidential elections

On May, 11th 2019, lawyers of European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) – Evelina Dobrovolska and Monika Guliakaitė – met with representatives of the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) election observation mission of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). ODIHR carries out election observation in OSCE participating States to…

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…

International Brain Battle for The European Week Against Racism

This year the European Foundation of Human Rights, together with ESN Vilnius University and “No labels” organized an international quiz as part of the European Week Against Racism to make a public stand against racism and in support of a society characterized by respect for human dignity. The aim of the event was to raise…

EFHR visiting the Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania

On Friday, 15th March 2019, the team of EFHR visited the Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania on their work outing. Together with their mentor Monika, the interns Alessandra, Elisa, Jędrzej Jakub and Lorena, were given a one hour guided tour of the most important buildings and rooms, namely the Seimas Plenary Chamber, the Hall…

The „w” letter wins again

On March 15 this year Vilnius District Court made a decision to allow spelling of the surname of a Lithuanian citizen with „w” letter in the marriage certificate. The case concerned the wife of a journalist of Radio Znad Wilii and Polish Radio Kamil Zalewski. The Court stated, that the applicant lives with her husband…

Jędrzej Błaszczak – a new intern at EFHR

Jędrzej Błaszczak is a student at the University of Silesia in south of Poland, where he studies law. During his degree he became particularly interested in international law, human rights and diplomacy. He had the opportunity to practice at the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Tehran, where he participated in diplomatic meetings, wrote…