The Mayor of Vilnius expresses his gratitude towards the European Foundation of Human Rights

The Mayor of Vilnius expresses his gratitude towards the European Foundation of Human Rights

Posted on January 20, 2017
J.Stacevičiaus nuotr. lietuvosdiena.lrytas.lt On the January 17th this year, the Mayor of Vilnius gave thanks to the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) and other organizations, institutions, volunteers and enterprises for the cooperation in 2016. “Today, I invite everyone to share the joy for the achievements of the Vilnius District – the previous year was very favourable for us, but also full of challenges. You can take credit for the beauty, vigour and development of the city, thanks to your good intentions. I want to express my genuine gratitude to all, who contributed to...
CERD concluding observations on Lithuania

CERD concluding observations on Lithuania

Posted on November 21, 2016
The Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) is a body of independent experts, which monitors implementation of the United Nation’s Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination by periodic country report procedure. On 6 January 2016, the CERD released its concluding observations on the combined sixth to eighth periodic reports of Lithuania. The report acknowledges multiple positive legislative acts and public policies, such as the Action plan for Roma integration into Lithuanian society for 2015-2020, the inter-institutional Action plan for...
Joanna is a new volunteer from Poland

Joanna is a new volunteer from Poland

Posted on November 11, 2016
Joanna Andrecka is a third year student of law at the University of Lodz In Poland. Currently she is studying at the Vilnius University, as a part of the six-month Erasmus exchange.  In the course of her studies, she had an opportunity to be acquainted with the broad spectrum of law areas that is implied on this field of study. However this student is interested the most in the civil law branch, patent law, protection of intellectual and industrial property rights and also in mediations. What is more, recently she focused on the Human Rights in the European Union as well. One of the subjects...
The EFHR continued campaigning against hate speech at the Vilnius International School

The EFHR continued campaigning against hate speech at the Vilnius International School

Posted on October 17, 2016
Friday 14th of October was another great day in campaigning against hate speech. The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) representatives Ewelina Baliko and Maximilian Gallo were entitled to give a lecture on hate speech crimes at the Vilnius International School. The lecture tackled many important questions such as: what is hate speech, how to identify it and what kind of legal procedure and sanctions might the perpetrators face. Also, discrimination in job advertising was shortly discussed. The lecture was everything but a monologue. The event was highly interactive as the pupils were...
A new Intern at the EFHR from Germany

A new Intern at the EFHR from Germany

Posted on October 10, 2016
Maximilian Gallo studies cultural studies and cultural politics in international comparison at the University of Hildesheim. With the Bachelor Plus Program he will spend two semesters in Vilnius, working as an intern for four month and studying at the Vilnius University for one semester. Working on research projects in Uganda, the Netherlands and for art institutions in Germany, he mixes the different abilities and experiences he gained during his work with his academic interests. As a project manager for the city municipality of Kassel, Germany, he finished a project, which enables people...
The EFHR welcomes a new intern from Finland

The EFHR welcomes a new intern from Finland

Posted on October 07, 2016
Heikki Aho is a Constitutional Law student at the University of Tampere, Finland. As a last year student, he is hoping to contribute especially to the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) legal activities. Heikki is particularly interested in rights of national minorities. This is the field, he has also selected for his currently ongoing Master thesis. Within the thesis, he analyses and compares minority related case laws of the European Court of Human Rights and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. Heikki has gained some previous international experience while studying abroad. In...
EFHR meeting with the OSCE representative

EFHR meeting with the OSCE representative

Posted on October 06, 2016
On the 27th of September 2016 European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) met with the representative of the High Commissioner on National Minorities of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). The representative came to Lithuania with other representatives of  the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) for a mission to observe the parliamentary elections. It is not the first time EFHR has met with representatives of the OSCE...
Series of EFHR trainings in the field of introducing international law have finished

Series of EFHR trainings in the field of introducing international law have finished

Posted on October 03, 2016
On September 29 at Kazimieras Simonavičius University (Kazimiero Simonavičiaus Universitetas) European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) carried out a second part of training course in the field of introducing international law. Information concerning the first part of a training, related to applying international law and European Union law in the issues concerning discrimination in Lithuania, are available, among others, here. Training entitled “Freedom of speech: realization and limitations” was conducted by an attorney Evelina Davidavičiūtė. Within the training course were...
A new volunteer at EFHR

A new volunteer at EFHR

Posted on September 26, 2016
Karolina Bryk is a second year European Studies student of bachelor degree at the University of Warsaw. The European union fields, which interest her the most, are international cooperation and European union founds, which help to downscale economic inequality between member states. Her curriculum includes such subjects: political science, economics, legal sciences, therefore she decided to do her internship in our foundation, to use already obtained knowledge in practice. One of leading subject, which Karolina learned during her studies was law, both international and European. She is...
Volunteering work by Arnoldas Ignatčikas

Volunteering work by Arnoldas Ignatčikas

Posted on September 05, 2016
Arnoldas Ignatčikas is an European Studies student at the Kaunas University of Technology. He is twenty one years old and has academic experience locally as well as internationally. He studied at RheinAhrCampus, Honschule Koblenz (University of Applied Sciences) in Remagen, Germany for one year. It was the most outstanding  time in his young life. Studying in a totally different geographical and academic environmental broadened his view and made him more flexible. It allowed him also to communicate with people who have different cultural backgrounds. Moreover, Arnoldas participated in the...
EFHR invited to OSCE workshops

EFHR invited to OSCE workshops

Posted on July 14, 2016
On the 12th and 13th July the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) organized workshops in Vilnius devoted to tackling the issue of hate speech. The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) is pleased to have received the invitation from OSCE and was very pleased to be able to take part in the workshops. Ewelina Baliko represented EFHR at the workshops, during which crimes motivated by hate and discrimination were discussed. At the meeting, participants gained an in-depth knowledge of the problems faced when...
Court’s decision: “w” is to be written in the Lithuanian’s passport

Court’s decision: “w” is to be written in the Lithuanian’s passport

Posted on July 04, 2016
On 4th July 2016 the Vilnius Regional Administrative Court adopted the definitive ruling regarding the original spelling of first and last names. The court obliged the Migration Board to write the letter “w” in the citizen’s of the Republic of Lithuania (RL) passport. The court stated, “The decision of the Migration Board in which it refused to accept the official request for the issuance (change) of the ID card in the “Pauwels” name is unlawful and unjustified, as, pursuant to the new marriage certificate that has been issued, the petitioner’s surname has been changed from...
One More Victory Regarding Original Spelling of First and Last Names

One More Victory Regarding Original Spelling of First and Last Names

Posted on July 01, 2016
On 1st July the Vilnius City District Court adopted a ruling in which it obliged the Registry Office to issue a new marriage certificate with the surname “Weston” written with the original “w” for a Lithuanian woman who married a citizen of New Zealand. It is the fifth won court case already concerning the written form of the letter “w” in the surname in which the Vilnius City District Court adopts the consistent approach, highlighting that the refusal of writing the letter “w” would cause administrative, personal, and professional nuisances to the petitioner, forcing her to...
EFHR’s ‘Application of international and European Union law in cases of discrimination in Lithuania’ training session has taken place

EFHR’s ‘Application of international and European Union law in cases of discrimination in Lithuania’ training session has taken place

Posted on June 30, 2016
For the past five years, the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) has been offering free of charge legal advice concerning human rights violations. We have also been organizing training sessions in the same field. On the 29th of June 2016, EFHR organized a free course entitled ‘Application of international and European Union law in cases of discrimination in Lithuania’. Held in the auditorium of the College of Social Studies, the training session on the implementation of international law was conducted by Ewelina Baliko, an EFHR legal assistant who also conducts workshops on...
EFHR competition in honour of the 20th anniversary of EVS - Results

EFHR competition in honour of the 20th anniversary of EVS – Results

Posted on June 21, 2016
The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) organized a Facebook competition on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the European Voluntary Service (EVS). We invited participants to write a text/poem/song/anything at all promoting EVS and encouraging young people to participate in an EVS programme! We received entries in both English and Lithuanian. We decided to give 1st place to Renata Maželytė for her poem (written in Lithuanian):     Labas rytas, kaip gyveni? Ką veikinėji, kur esi? Dienos vis bėga, laikas nestoja, Ar jį prasmingai Tu išnaudoji? Norėčiau Tau...
EFHR encourages ZIS Foundation Travel Grant applicants

EFHR encourages ZIS Foundation Travel Grant applicants

Posted on June 20, 2016
Every year the German ZIS Foundation grants scholarships to young people aged between 16-20 who have not yet started studying at university. Young people from around the world have the opportunity to apply for €600 to carry out a project abroad on a freely chosen subject they are interested in. The participant must make the journey alone, and the place of departure should be that of their residence. The foundation’s aim is to enable youths to acquire practical skills related to their field of interest according to their own plan, broaden their knowledge in a new environment, discover...
New EFHR trainee

New EFHR trainee

Posted on June 13, 2016
Gabrielė Račaitytė is a third year student at Vilnius University Institute of International Relations and Political Science (VU TSPMI). Originally from Kaunas, Gabrielė moved to Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, following graduation to study Political Science. As travelling is one of Gabriele’s major passions she is always looking for new opportunities to see as much of the world as possible. Recently, she had the chance to participate in an Erasmus + project in Lyons, France. To live in  one of the biggest cities in France was an amazing experience – and not only because of the...
EFHR Competition to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of EVS

EFHR Competition to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of EVS

Posted on June 09, 2016
Source: www.europa.eu The European Voluntary Service (EVS) is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year! To honour this special occasion the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) is inviting YOU to take part in our Facebook competition! Thanks to EVS, over the last 20 years young people have had the opportunity to volunteer abroad, contribute to a cause they believe in and support the work of NGOs, youth centres, cultural centres and local communities! This is what we want to know from you: How would you convince a young person to take part in an EVS project abroad? You can write a...
New intern at the European Foundation of Human Rights

New intern at the European Foundation of Human Rights

Posted on June 06, 2016
Karina Gędłek is a student at the United World College in Armenia. In 2015 she was given the opportunity to continue her education in an international environment that welcomes students from over 70 countries. Living and communicating with people from all over the world has helped her to understand the huge variety of perspectives that can be found. It has also helped her to explore concepts in politics and to familiarize herself with different problems faced by people all over the world – especially issues concerning rights. Karina was born in Wrocław, and it was there that her...
Europe Day Poster Gallery at the European Commission Representation in Vilnius

Europe Day Poster Gallery at the European Commission Representation in Vilnius

Posted on May 27, 2016
We are pleased to announce that a number of the posters from our recent EFHR Europe Day competition have been chosen to go on display in a gallery at the Information Centre of the European Commission Representation in Vilnius (Gedimino pr. 16). The exhibition consists of a selection of the poster competition entries, and includes the entry from the Over 13s category winner Ivona Gilevska, (Vilniaus Rajono Kyviškių pagrindinė mokykla), as well as Under 13s winner Gabija Kaulakytė (Kaišiadorių kultūros centras). You can also see the winning entry of our Facebook-favourite voting...
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