EFHR has became a member of ENAR

The European Foundation of Human Rights is pleased to inform you that its request to become a member of ENAR (European Network Against Racism) has been approved. ENAR is the European anti-racist network that advocates for racial equality as well as facilitating cooperation between civil society. The organization was founded in 1998. Its mission was to cause changes…

Bilingual Signboards are standard in the European Union

As of today there are 24 official languages in the European Union (EU). However, Europeans use approximately 60 additional local and minority languages, which, according to the estimated statistics, are used by some 40 million EU citizens. The linguistic and cultural diversity of Europeans is perhaps the EU’s greatest strength – but, at the same…

EFHR members at the UNOY workshop

On April 27 – May 3rd 2014 young peace-builders, storytellers and youth workers from the Euro-Mediterranean region participated in a workshop „Storytelling for peace“ in The Hague, the Netherlands. The purpose of the training was to understand the relationship between storytelling and peace-building and to share, develop and learn skills in storytelling as a tool…

Samir Safarli – New EFHR trainee

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) is glad to introduce you to our new intern, Samir Safarli, who comes from Azerbaijan. For the last two years Samir has been studying international law at the International School of Law and Business in Vilnius. Samir has always been interested in human rights as they are the essence…

New human rights network and platform ”Liberties.eu” launched

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) is glad to introduce you to a new network for human rights news and e-participation website, the “European Liberties Platform” (ELP). According to its mission, ELP is focused on granting civil liberties of organizations and their supporters through the innovative use of electronic participation. European Liberties Platform is…

Research results on human rights confirms the EFHR view

At the request of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Lithuania, the company “Baltijos tyrimai” conducted public opinion research on human rights knowledge. The research revealed that most of Lithuania’s inhabitants feel that they have almost no knowledge of their rights or the knowledge they do have is insufficient. Some 83% of respondents…

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…