CJEU rules on homophobic statements made by employers

On 23rd April  2020, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruled that those who publicly declare that they would never employ persons of a specific sexual orientation violate the provisions of the Anti-Discrimination Directive (2000/78). This ruling regards case C-507/18 concerning an Italian lawyer who stated on a radio show that he…

A victory over ‘Viktorija’ – Viktoria’s name accepted in court

Article 2.20 part 1 of the Civil Code of Lithuania establishes that every person has the right to a name. It includes the right to have a surname, first name(s), and a pseudonym.  However, as has been already established several times before, the existing legal framework is not sufficient to meet the rights and needs…

European Foundation of Human Rights draws attention to the funding of minority media

In 2020 January 15th there was information published online that the Press, Radio and Television Sponsorship Foundation (hereafter – the Foundation) tendered allocation of 2020 state support for designing public information providers. As stated on the Foundation’s website, 439 applications were submitted for the competition. The amount requested for assistance from the Foundation was €…

EFHR met with researches to discuss national minority rights

On 12th March 2020, representatives of the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) met with three researchers working on the situation of national minorities: Dr Timofey Agarin (Queen’s University, Belfast), director of the Centre for the Study of Ethnic Conflict, Prof. Martin Klatt (University of Southern Denmark) and Patrick Utz (University of Edinburgh). They were…

EFHR team will be working remotely

The European Foundation of Human Rights team will be working remotely over the next two weeks in response to the situation of COVID-19. If you have any questions, please contact us via email (info@efhr.eu) or Facebook. You can find more information here.

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10 Cases of Hate Crime in Lithuania in 2019 submitted to ODIHR

A total of ten hate-driven incidents appeared in a report compiled by the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) for the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR). The list comprises key information about those hate crimes that were committed in Lithuania in 2019 and were reported in the public media. Due to…

An Italian volunteer started a European Solidarity Corps project in Čiauškutis

26th September 2019 European Solidarity Corps project “Let’s do it together” started in Vilnius Special Nursey-Kindergarten “Čiauskutis”. The first volunteer to start up is Michela from Italy, who will stay in Čiauškutis until July 2020. Michela will have the opportunity to provide support in kindergarten activities with following tasks: monitor various activities in groups, eventually…

EFHR Led Workshops on National Minority Rights

In the last days of January, the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) visited the John Paul II Secondary School in Vilnius. Young people from five different classes participated in workshops with our intern, Marta Bednarczyk. The subject of the workshops were the rights of national minorities. Together with the trainer, participants discussed what social…

The newest member of EFHR – translation trainee Julija Vaitiekūnaitė

Julija Vaitiekūnaitė is a fourth year student of Vilnius University’s English and another foreign (French) language study programme. Born in a small town in the district of Jurbarkas, Julija was always interested in languages, art, literature. During her Erasmus visit in Paris, she found herself right in the middle of the Yellow vests movement, what…

Minority SafePack Initiative signatures registered

The registration of Minority SafePack Initiative has been completed and the signatures forwarded to the European Commission. Minority SafePack was launched in early 2017 by the Federal Union of European Nationalities (FUEN). The initiative calls upon the European Union to introduce legislation that would improve the protection and well-being of persons belonging to national and…

EFHR wishes you happy holidays!

  The Holiday Season is approaching – it is time to share wishes, spread positive energy and enjoy the feeling of warmth and togetherness with those who matter the most. As we easily get caught up in holiday preparations like decorating the house, shopping for gifts and cooking, not many remember that apart from observing…

Vilnius City District Court Allows for Original Spelling of Malgorzata

Article 2.20 part 1 of the Civil Code of Lithuania establishes that every person has the right to a name. Also, it includes the right to have a surname, first name (s) and a pseudonym.  However, the existing legal framework is not sufficient to meet the rights and needs of the individuals. This conclusion was…

EFHR Implements Project on Social Inclusion for Youth

European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) has launched a new youth programme “Better Together: Increasing the Social Inclusion of Lithuanian Youth through Human Rights Education”. The project is funded by the Vilnius City Municipality and is implemented in cooperation with two partner organisations – International Youth Cooperation Agency (JTBA) and Youth For Understanding (YFU) Lithuania.…

EFHR met with students of the University of the Third Age

On 10th November 2019, representatives of the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) met with students of the University of the Third Age. The meeting was carried out as a part of the activities of the House of Polish Culture in Vilnius. The meeting with seniors was visited by Evelina Dobrovolska – a distinguished lawyer…

Visit to MO Museum

On 30th October, Marta Bednarczyk, who joined European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) under the Erasmus + program, and Ágnes Kárpáti, Michela Plavan, who came to Lithuania to volunteer under the European Solidarity Corps program, visited the MO Museum‘s exhibition “The Origin of Species: 1990s DNA“. Girls joked that for some the exhibition was a…

The Marking of the Old Jewish Cemetery in Vilnius Will Be Ensured

The site of Vilnius Jewish Šnipiškės Old Cemetery, located on Rinktinės Street, is included in the Lithuanian Register of Cultural Heritage. It has also been declared (since 2014) by the Minister of Culture a protected site that is to be used for raising awareness and encouraging understanding and respect. The Cultural Heritage Register indicates that…