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…

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),…