EFHR on bilingual street signs issue and related financial fines

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR)  in Vilnius would like to express its deepest concern regarding the Vilnius Regional Court judgement on bilingual street name signs in Šalčininkai district from December 23 2013. The Court decided to fine the Administrative Director of local government 100 LTL (around 30 EUR) for each day of delay in the…

President sees no difference between national minorities and migrants

On 19 December 2013, Dalia Grybauskaitė, the President of Lithuania, spoke in Brussels about the attempt to ‘reinstate’ the national minorities law which expired in 2009. A draft law, currently awaiting its second reading in the Lithuanian Seimas, is the latest effort to close the legal loophole in the area of protection of national minorities…

EFHR on the final ceremony at the Young Journalists Forum

Representatives of the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) took part in the final ceremony of Polish-Lithuanian Forum of Young Journalists, which took place in the House of Polish Culture in Vilnius on Tuesday, December 17. The project participants were mixed teams of students from Lithuanian and Polish schools, who had to prepare together and…

EFHR enters into cooperation with the University of Applied Social Sciences in Lithuania

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) and the University of Applied Social Sciences (SMK) have signed an agreement on cooperation in the field of education, local partnership and scientific research. The SMK has been notably present on the Lithuanian stage for 18 years. Its close cooperation with businesses and local partners has brought benefits…

EFHR at the meeting of human rights groups

On 13 December 2013, representatives of the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) took part in a meeting of leading NGOs campaigning for human rights protection and fighting discrimination in Baltic states. The meeting was attended by representatives of the Lithuanian Human Rights League, Lithuanian Human Rights Association, Association Centre for Research and Protection of…

EFHR invites for a free training!

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) is pleased to invite you to an International Human Rights Training Session on 20th of December 2013, during which participants will have the opportunity to deepen their practical and theoretical knowledge of European and International Human Rights law. The lecture will be held in English on 20 December 2013, starting…

A green light to participate in the European Voluntary Service (EVS)

It is the European Foundation of Human Rights’ (EFHR) great pleasure to inform that the request of accreditation for EVS has got a favourable consideration. EFHR has now become a part of the project of youth exchange between European and partner countries (for instance Turkey, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway). EFHR can now host and send volunteers…

A promise to set new boundaries of single-member constituencies is made

European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) delivered a few notices and suggestions to the Central Electoral Commission (CEC) regarding their project, which takes notice of redefining new boundaries of Seimas’ single-member constituencies. Firstly, EFHR would like to note that boundaries of the constituencies set a year ago by the CEC, affected electorate of minorities in…

EFHR opinion on SLLC’s comments on provisions of national minorities draft law

On November 14, 2013 the State Lithuanian Language Commission (the SLLC) submitted its considerations and comments on the national minorities draft law opened for public consultations on October 28, 2013 (no. 13-335-01). In the opinion of the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR), the SLLC’s comments are both misleading and false. The SLLC begins with…

Personal names can now retain original spelling in official documents

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) is pleased to announce that rules regulating the original spelling of given and family names in official documents in Lithuania have now been changed. These rules are laid down by the State Commission of the Lithuanian Language. The EFHR had frequently attempted to demonstrate the need for such…

EFHR at the premier Forum for Polish Kindergartens in Vilnius

On Wednesday, 4 December 2013, the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) attended the inaugural Forum for Polish Kindergartens in Vilnius, co-organised by the Association of Polish Teachers in Lithuania „Macierz Szkolna” and the Vilnius City Council. It was launched at the House of Polish Culture, along with the opening of the 10th, jubilee edition…

Three lost cases in the European Court of Human Rights in November

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) detected a violation of the right to property regarding two Lithuanian citizens K.P. and E.V. basing on the fact that they did not receive a due compensation for a statutory appropriation of their property. According to the Court’s decision and the Article 1 of Protocol 1 to the…

New trainee of the European Foundation of Human Rights

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) is happy to present Julio Tavares as a new intern. Julio came from Portugal and he is here for a six month internship within a European Commission funding programme – Erasmus student placement. Julio has graduated from the Polytechnic Institute of Bragança (a Portuguese Higher Education Public Institution),…

Towards intercultural education

Representatives of the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) attended a meeting held within the framework of the ‘LOOK – A MAN! Towards Intercultural Education’ project, which took place on November 19 in Vilnius. The project was run by the Podlaskie Voivodeship Marshal’s Office and funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The aim of…

Cooperation with Swedish organization established

During the international conference UNITED ‘ Rethinking diversity’ in May this year the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) has established cooperation with the Swedish organization Uppsala Antidiscrimination Office (Diskrimineringsbyrån Uppsala), in order to exchange experience. The meeting of a lawyer assistant Ewelina Baliko, who represented EFHR, with the representatives of the Swedish organization Uppsala Anti-Discrimination…

Decreasing number of discriminatory job offers

European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) is glad about growing awareness of Lithuanians about the right to equal opportunities of all citizens. EFHR monitors cyber space and as the only non-governmental organization in Lithuania helps to punish the authors of discriminatory and insulting comments in the Internet. Considering the issues from the several previous years…

Get to know your rights

European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) is a non-governmental organization established in order to deal with worsening state of obeying human and national minorities rights in Lithuania. The Foundation’s aim is to improve this situation through the promotion of equality rules, changes in obeying human rights and also by direct help for the sufferers. The…

Handcuffs put on human rights organisations

The Supreme Administrative Court of Lithuania adopted another decision, which confirms conclusions of national and international reports on the subject of human rights violations in Lithuania. This time, the Court’s victims in the area of administrative issues are human rights watch organisations in Lithuania. Consequently, The Supreme Administrative Court of Lithuania put handcuffs on all…