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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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
From the 28th– 30th of April in Vilnius, The Association of Polish Academics in Lithuania (SNPL), together with the University of Bialystok Faculty of Economic-Informatics (Lithuania branch), and the Institute of National Security of the Pomeranian Academy in Slupsk organized an international, cross-disciplinary, scientific conference titled “National Minorities – an Opportunity, a Challenge, or a Threat to National Security” (see the full agenda).
During the conference, the representative of the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR)...
Thanks to cooperation between EFHR and Vilnius City, which aims at supporting national minorities residing in Vilnius, a Polish version of the local government website vilnius.lt has been launched.
EFHR gladly undertakes all activities that are intended to improve communication between the local authorities, national minorities and foreigners. Since August 2015 EFHR has provided information to all clients in four languages: Lithuanian, Polish, Russian and English.
Recently another step was taken — a Polish and Russian language version of the website was launched. This was...
On 31 March 2016 The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) shared the knowledge and practical examples from the field of human rights in business with the members of Lithuanian Responsible Business Association (LAVA, Lietuvos atsakingo verslo asociacija). The training was carried out by the assistant attorney Evelina Baliko, a representative of EFHR.
Speech titled ”Protection of human rights in the business: what is important and why? How business contributes to the protection of human rights. Problems in Lithuania and the greatest challenges” familiarized participants with legal...
The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) will attend an upcoming event to mark the 20th Anniversary of The Hague Recommendations Regarding the Education Rights of National Minorities.
EFHR’s Assistant Attorney Ewelina Baliko will attend the event, which will take place from 20 April – 21 April 2016. The conference is organized by OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities Astrid Thors.
This year – 2016 – is the 20th anniversary of the launch of The Hague Recommendations Regarding the Education Rights of National Minorities. The two-day event is taking place to celebrate...
On March 15 2016 a meeting took place between representatives of the High Commissioner on National Minorities for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) at EFHR’s headquarters.
The meeting was arranged to discuss the current situation of national minorities in Lithuania. The main topics included the state legislative situation in the field of education, the original spelling of names and surnames, the issue of bilingual topographical signs, and incidents of discrimination and hate speech. We also shared information about EFHR’s current court cases and spoke about...
The biggest international scientific conference in the region devoted to the linguistic rights of national minorities entitled “Integration and exclusion: The linguistic rights of national minorities in Europe” will be organized by the Association of Polish Scientists in Lithuania on 27 November 2015 in “Artis Centrum Hotel’, 23 Totorių Street, Vilnius. The conference will be held in English, with a Lithuanian translation also provided.
This is one of a number of conferences concerning the protection of the rights of national minorities that has taken place in recent years. A...
On 23rd of October 2015 the conference “Protection of National Minorities Rights: Five Years Trends”, organized by the European Foundation of Human Rights, took place at Vilnius Municipality. The conference was held in English and Lithuanian with simultaneous translations available for both languages. Its aim was to review minority rights protection in Lithuania, the results achieved by the EFHR in the last five years, to present the 2014/2015 report prepared by EFHR and to discuss the opinions on the implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities by...
The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) is looking for new lawyer (full-time/part-time job). The offer is addressed to people interested in human rights as well as the rights of national minorities.
• creative and interesting job;
• possibility to work in an international environment;
• possibility to use foreign languages at work;
• continuous development thanks to participating in national and international training courses, conferences, internships, and workshops.
• university degree (at least Bachelor of Law);
• good knowledge of Lithuanian and...
The European Foundation of Human Rights is looking for a new lawyer.
The offer is addressed to people interested in human rights as well as the rights of national minorities.
o a creative and interesting job;
o the possibility to work in an international environment;
o the possibility to use foreign languages at work;
o continuous development thanks to participating in national and international training courses, conferences, internships, and workshops.
o university degree (at least Bachelor of Law);
o minimum of a year of experience as a lawyer;
The European Foundation of Human Rights is looking for a new employee for the position of Project Coordinator.
The offer is addressed to people interested in human rights and the rights of national minorities. We are looking for an ambitious person, someone who is eager to learn and improve themselves. A strong knowledge of law and accountancy will be seen as an additional asset.
a creative, interesting job;
the possibility to work in an international environment;
the possibility to use foreign languages at work;
continuous development by participating in national and...
The European Foundation of Human Rights is looking for new employees for the positions of:
The offer is addressed to people interested in human rights and the rights of national minorities. We are looking for an ambitious person who wants to learn and develop, and who has some computer skills. Legal and accountancy skills would be an additional asset.
creative, interesting work in a pleasant and international environment;
continuous development through participation in national and international training, conferences, internships, and...
On the 10th of December, representatives of Amnesty International (AI), the International Student Association (ISA) of Mykolas Romeris University and the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) co-organized an International Human Rights Day at Mykolas Romeris University to honour the 66th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948.
Raising awareness about human rights related issues among students is one of EFHR’s top priorities. We believe that young people are the cornerstone of a new generation that could be more...
Every year around the world we celebrate Human Rights Day on the 10th of December to mark the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 10th of December 1948. The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR), together with the International Students Association of Mykolas Romeris University and Amnesty International, will organize a day full of surprises to honour the International Day of Human Rights and the 64th anniversary of the UDHR.
On 10th of December from 9h00 to 14h30, EFHR, together with Amnesty...
On the 17th of November of this year, a new initiative of the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) will begin – a series of radio programmes about human rights.
The project “EFHR consults” is designed to increase knowledge of human and national minority rights for listeners of the Polish radio “Znad Wilii”. The aims of the project are increasing awareness of citizens of the Polish national minority, direct legal help for people whose rights are violated and finding answers for frequently asked questions concerning human rights.
EFHR lawyers will conduct eight programmes on...
On 13th October 2014 the expert on national minorities, Veronika Kristikove OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe), visited the EFHR HQ.
During the meeting the OSCE expert initiated a discussion regarding problems which national minorities in Lithuania have to face, like spelling of names and surnames, bilingual topographical names and the education of national minorities. An emphasis was put on a way of determination of the boundaries of the districts in Lithuania (a problem which was highlighted in the OSCE report issued in 2012) and draft legislations registered in...