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…

“Poles, Europeans, Citizens” textbooks now in pupils’ hands

We are pleased to announce that through the efforts of the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR), pupils in forms 9-12 have just received the newest edition of the “Poles, Europeans, Citizens” textbook. The aim of this textbook is to provide young Poles living in Lithuania with the necessary basic information on social and political processes…

EFHR expresses solidarity with Ukraine

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) has been following the increasingly dramatic events in Ukraine with considerable anxiety. We wish to express the deepest concern about the escalation of violence which has already cost many human lives. The EFHR is firmly against violent responses to peaceful protest. The authorities ought to serve the people…

Lithuania decided to involve in a migration policy more

The Lithuanian Government has approved new guidelines related to Lithuanian migration policy. These guidelines also include better conditions for the employment of highly-educated specialists in Lithuania. The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) would like to mention an interesting aspect of this document, which is quite optimistic in tone. These are the guidelines highlighting the meaning of…

Association of Polish Scholars of Lithuania publishes its 2013 Yearbook

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) is pleased to announce that the Association of Polish Scholars of Lithuania (SNPL) has just published The Yearbook of the Association of Polish Scholars in Lithuania for the Year 2013. The SNPL is an organization which brings together Polish scholars of Lithuania. Founded in 1989, it caters to its…

Right to use the language of national minorities is an issue of interpretation

The Constitutional Court of the Republic of Lithuania is once again considering explanations for a few assumptions of the Constitutional Court decision from 21st October 1999, which refers to the spelling of surnames in passports of citizens of the Republic of Lithuania (RL). The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) emphasizes that a possibility to…

New intern in EFHR

Paweł Gołoburda, a fourth year Law student at the University of Applied Social Sciences (UASS), has started an internship at EFHR. He is the first trainee from UASS, which has recently entered into a cooperation with EFHR. During his studies, he has often encountered problems related to human rights issues and now he has decided to put…

Alfa has altered its article following EFHR’s request

The article entitled “The European Foundation of Human Rights did not prove that toilets cannot be referred to in short as WC” was published on 18 July 2013 on the web page of online portal Alfa (www.alfa.lt). The article described a court case concerned with using the abbreviation WC in public. The proceedings were started following a complaint…

EFHR included in the newest “European Address Book Against Racism”

The international network of non-governmental organizations “UNITED for Intercultural action” published another address book that includes a list of non-governmental organizations from the whole of Europe. These organizations fight against intolerance, racism and nationalism and support national and ethnic minorities, as well as migrants and refugees.  The “European Address Book Against Racism” contains the contact details of…

Stricter conditions for applying to the European Court of Human Rights

The Conditions for lodging an application with the European Court of Human Rights have become stricter since the entry into force, on 1 January 2014, of the new Rule 47 of the Rules of Court. This new rule introduces two major changes which will determine whether an application is allocated to a judicial formation or…

Critical Russian report on human rights in Lithuania once again

Last year the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) informed readers about a report on the human rights situation in the European Union where the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs criticized the human rights situation in Lithuania http://en.efhr.eu/2013/01/14/another-report-on-human-rights-critical-towards-lithuania/). Once more, in its annual report on the human rights situation in the European Union, the Russian report…

EFHR denies false information from President Grybauskaitė’s public speech

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) has been following President Dalia Grybauskaitė’s utterances with growing disbelief for a long time. On January 14, during a speech in front of the European Parliament forum, the President stated that none of the European organizations which investigate discrimination against national minorities in Lithuania had found any of the international…