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…

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…

CERD concluding observations on Lithuania

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…

Joanna is a new volunteer from Poland

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…

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

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…

A new Intern at the EFHR from Germany

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…

The EFHR welcomes a new intern from Finland

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…

EFHR meeting with the OSCE representative

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…

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

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,…

A new volunteer at EFHR

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…

Volunteering work by Arnoldas Ignatčikas

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…

EFHR invited to OSCE workshops

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…

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

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…

One More Victory Regarding Original Spelling of First and Last Names

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…

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

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…

EFHR encourages ZIS Foundation Travel Grant applicants

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…

New EFHR trainee

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…

EFHR Competition to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of EVS

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…