EFHR launches a new project with Erasmus +

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) would like to announce that the project “Youth for Human Rights”, submitted by the Foundation as part of the promotional campaign “Youth mobility” in the programme Erasmus +, has been accepted. The competition was tough, because the contest was entered by 116 organizations operating in Lithuania. EFHR managed to…

The results of the Lithuanian language exam between 2008-2013

2013 was the first year that secondary school graduates from the schools of national minorities had to pass the unified Lithuanian language exam, like graduates from schools working in the Lithuanian language. The policy, which national minorities opposed, was introduced in the new Law of education accepted by Parliament on 17 March 2011. In February 2013,…

New trainee at the European Foundation of Human Rights

Ania Książczak is a 5th year’s law student at Mikołaj Kopernik University in Toruń. Among her subjects of interest are human rights, international law and EU law. Her greatest achievement as a student was her participation in the 5th World Human Rights Moot Court and going to RSA to the final of this contest. Apart from her studies, Ania…

New trainee at the European Foundation of Human Rights

Beata Bielawska is a second year student of International Relations at Jagiellonian University in Krakow. The course covers many topics, but the subject of human rights is a major part of the programme, which is the reason why Beata is familiar with human rights laws and issues. Beata tries to gain knowledge not only from her studies but also from…

The lack of law on national minorities is a serious problem

Despite the fact that the topic of national minorities in Lithuania is raised very often, no measures are yet accepted to solve the legal issues related to this. The lack of law on national minorities causes confusion in the political arena and also creates a number of legal problems. During a visit to Warsaw, on the…

EFHR changes working hours

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) would like to inform everyone, that from June 9th 2014, the foundation’s working hours have changed to this: Monday-Thursday: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm Friday – 8:30 am – 4:00 pm Anyone who would like to register for a consultation with a lawyer should contact us on: +37069150822 or by…

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…