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…

Dear European citizen, what do you know about your rights?

The idea of the European citizenship first came up in 1947, the time in which the whole concept of the European Union was being formed. However, it was actually created in the Treaty of European Union, which entered into force in 1993. Art. 9 of the Treaty states that ‘every person holding the nationality of…

European Civic Initiative „F2020” has ended

On the 1st of November European Civic Initiative FRATERNITE2020 (F2020 )has ended. The aim of the initiative was mainly rationalization of European exchange programmes – the kind of Erasmus or European Voluntary Service (EVS) – as to contribute to bigger unification of Europe, based on citizens’ solidarity. During the whole year citizens of all European…

The case of bilingual street signs once again

The campaign against bilingual street signs is still on. The Foundation has numerously informed about the many steps (including courts) of various national institutions (especially the National Language Inspectorate) aiming to remove street signs with the names of streets in the Polish language, which are common in areas densely populated by the Polish national minority…

EFHR workshop on human rights

On 28-30 October European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) organized the next series of meetings covering, in a broad sense, such topics as civil education and human rights. This time the lectures were addressed to 3 groups only: children from orphanages, students and the elderly. Tutors and institutions’ headmasters also took part in the workshop…

English information signs considered legal

On 12 January 2013, the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) filed three complaints with the State Inspectorate of Language (Valstybinė kalbos inspekcija, VKI) about public information signs in Nida. By doing this, the EFHR confirmed and demonstrated the fact that depending on the language in question – whether Polish or other – the VKI…

A representative of EFHR at the seminar in Warsaw

Between October 17 and 18 in Warsaw, a seminar for non-government organisations, which deal with problems of human rights, was held. The seminar was titled ‘Key Communication Principles of Watch Dogs Organisations: What Works?’ It was a part of a project ‘Strong Watch – Enhancing Performance of Controlling Organisations, Informal Groups and Citizens.’ There were…

Inability of Lithuania to comply with international law

European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) considers that Lithuania does not comply with its voluntarily accepted international obligations, further it does not implement decisions of international tribunals into its national law. However, according to the representatives of Lithuania in the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in comparison to other countries, Lithuania achieves satisfying, in…