The Strasbourg Manifesto

On 17 April 2014 the Intergroup for Traditional Minorities, National Communities and Languages of the European Parliament approved “The Strasbourg Manifesto” on the protection of national minorities and languages within the framework of the European Union. The document focuses on the main problem areas and makes recommendations such as the EU initiating a national and…

The aim of EFHR court cases – detecting gaps in the law

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) is a non-governmental organization working for the sake of defending human rights and national minorities in Lithuania. One of the aims of EFHR is to detect gaps in the legal system. The foundation conducts court cases in order to detect such gaps in the Lithuanian law, which in…

Draft law concerning spelling of names and surnames – a big failure

On April 10 this year, the next draft law in the Lithuanian Parliament concerning the spelling of names and surnames in documents was registered. The proposal was signed by the members of all factions, except for the Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania. An alternative project promises the possibility to write “names and surnames” in…

Lithuanian courts still assigning financial penalties for bilingual street signs

The Vilnius City District Court has assigned a financial penalty for bilingual street signs, which are consistent with international law and those in force in Lithuania. This time, the Director of Administration of Vilnius district Municipality, L. Kotłowska, who was handed a penalty of 6000 litas for not carrying out a court’s decision, became a…

45 writers oppose the original spelling of names and surnames

On 8th April 2014, 45 Lithuanian writers addressed a declaration to the highest authorities in Lithuania in which they expressed objections about the original spelling of names and surnames in documents issued in Lithuania. From the perspective of the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR), it is unpleasant and disappointing that a part of the Lithuanian intelligentsia…

The bill “liberalizing” the spelling of names – still no solution to the problem

The vice-chairman of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania, Gediminas Kirkilas, and the governor of the social democrats’ parliamentary faction, Irena Šiaulienė, introduced a draft law to the Seimas anticipating a liberalized mode of the spelling of names and surnames. Considering migration of the population, a growing number of mixed marriages, and the need to…

Conference on the Cooperation between NGOs and Local Governments

On 3rd April this year representatives of the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) took part in a conference organized by the Board of Youth Organizations in Lithuania (Lietuvos Jaunimo Organizaciju Taryba, LiJOT), which took place in the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania. The key subject of the conference was cooperation between youth organizations and…

EFHR is a member of the Lithuanian Association of Responsible Business (LAVA)

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) would like to announce that it has become a member of the Lithuanian Association of Responsible Business (Lietuvos atsakingo verslo asociacija, LAVA). LAVA is an extension of the activity of NAVĮT (Nacionalinio atsakingo verslo įmonių tinklo (NAVĮT),  or the National Network of Enterprises, conducting responsible business activities. The…

The next hope for approval of the law on national minorities

On 29th March 2014 the inter-party agreement concerning the basic guidelines on foreign policy, security and defense for the years 2014-2020 was signed. One of the points of the agreement is, amongst other things, a decision on the approval of the national minorities law. The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) reminds all that approval of…

EFHR at the solemn award ceremony of the “Say NO to discrimination” contest

On 20th March in Vilnius, the Research and Protection of Fundamental Rights Centre organized an awards ceremony for their contest “Say NO to discrimination”. The contest took place between 15th January and 20th March, and the participants were children aged 5-12 and youths aged 13-19. Their task was to clearly reflect the theme of the competition…

EFHR at the opening of the campaign „Myliu Panda”

On 20th March in the National Gallery of Art, the opening ceremony of the campaign “Myliu Panda” took place. The organizer of the campaign is the NGO “National Institute for Social Integration” („Nacionalinis socialinės integracijos institutas“) and it is aimed at fighting against internet hate speech. The main point of the campaign event was discussion. EFHR sent…

The European Week Against Racism

Like every year, on 15-23 March the Europe-wide action entitled “European Week Against Racism” will be held. This is a special week, aimed at highlighting the diversity of the European continent. It has been organized primarily for people who are involved in promoting tolerance and social equality. The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) is also concerned…

EFHR starts a new project: ‘We are similar’

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) is happy to inform you about the start of a new project for students – ‘We are similar’. One of the major aims of the project is to deepen the integration of the Polish national minority community living in Lithuania, improve the image of both Poles and Lithuanians…

Another attack on bilingual street signs

The latest incident in Jašiūnai proves that the fears of the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) were well-founded. On 11th March, bilingual street signs were removed from private buildings. The present situation in Lithuania and the lack of clear regulations on the rights of national minorities is causing a growing number of violations of basic…

EFHR re. the legal complaints to Equal Opportunities Ombudsman’s Office

Following a motion of the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR), the Equal Opportunities Ombudsman’s Office (Lygių galimybių kontrolieriaus tarnyba) shared results and introduced a process of conducting research on legal complaints related to discrimination on the grounds of nationality. As the submitted data shows, approximately 9-15% of all complaints examined by the Equal Opportunities Ombudsman’s Office concerned legal…

Free language lessons!

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) is glad to inform you that, after a short break, the website that provides English language lessons is available once again! Thanks to the goodwill of the National Learning Arena you can increase your knowledge of the English language for free. On the subpage titled ‘Language and Grammar’ you will a…