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…

European Citizens’ Initiative “Fraternité 2020”

European Foundation for Human Rights (EFHR) is pleased to invite you to support European Citizens’ Initiative Fraternite2020. The goal of the initiative is to enhance EU exchange programmes – such as Erasmus or the European Voluntary Service (EVS) – in order to contribute to a united Europe based on solidarity among citizens. Making these exchange…

EFHR raises the matter of bilingual voting cards

At the end of August 2013, a bill concerning the amendment of the Article 58 – the Article of Act on Parliamentary Elections was introduced in the Lithuanian Parliament. It added to the provision of the above mentioned Article the statement that in constituencies where their inhabitants – the citizens of the Republic of Lithuania belonging to…

Council of Europe information booklet “Learning and Living Democracy”

European Foundation of Human Rights is pleased to invite you to read the new Council of Europe booklet in the series “Learning and Living Democracy”. These are not the first Council of Europe educational materials to explain the subject of human rights and democracy, including the key role of teachers in bringing about the subject.…

New EFHR trainee

Irena Klimowa, a new trainee at the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR), comes from Moldova and is currently doing a Ph.D. at the Institute of Political Science of the Jagiellonian University in Cracow. She has been long interested in questions such as nationalism, multiculturalism, models of immigrant integration, and gender studies. She is also…

Let’s break the stereotypes about minorities in Lithuania!

The fact of inciting the feeling of hatred, further intensified by the mass media, has become easily noticeable in recent years. Hateful comments appearing in a public space exert a significant influence on society. National hostility, racial discrimination, social exclusion – these are just few examples showing how the media change the society. Violeta Palionis,…

Lithuanian courts still ignore international law

Situations in which national law is not able to provide citizens with respect for their rights and freedom guaranteed by international law are rare, but still exist. How do Lithuanian courts act in such situations and who takes full responsibility for this? June 28th, 2013, a member of Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania, Tadeusz…

Report from the Central Europe Youth Forum in Tarnów

In every country young people are a very important and numerous social group. Following the statement: “nothing about us without us”, decision-makers should listen to the needs of society and respect its rights. Organized for the third time the Central Youth Forum in Tarnów brought together the youth from the Central Europe: Lithuania, Poland, Ukraine,…

International Day of Peace

Since 1982 we have been celebrating the International Day of Peace. You must be wondering how all of this started. The International Day of Peace was established largely due to the United Kingdom and Costa Rica that sponsored the resolution 36/67 passed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1981. In 1982 it was observed…

Lithuania loves Poland

Internet action aiming to eliminate the lack of trust between the two nations. Poles admit to and reprove the hooligan act carried out by the supporters the Lech Poznan football club. This fact is confirmed by the action organised by the Polish newspaper ‘Gazeta Wyborcza’, during which signatures were taken for a letter of apology…

False information on financing Lithuanian schools in Poland

European Foundation of Human Rights, paying attention to the appearing on the page ekspertai.eu information concerning financing Lithuanian schools in Poland, would like to point out that information provided is incorrect, as it makes an impression that only the Lithuanian side is responsible for educational institutions of the Lithuanian minority… Reverberant in the media of…

EFHR is looking for an assistant administrator for the half- or the full-time job

The offer is addressed to people interested in human rights and the rights of the national minorities. We are looking for an ambitious person who wants to learn and develop herself, and who has some computer skills. We offer: Creative, interesting, and giving a lot of satisfaction work in the international environment; Continuous development by…

EFHR is looking for a lawyer/paralegal

Requirements: University degree in law; Experience in legal services/seniority: not less than one year; Analytical skills; The knowledge of the Lithuanian, Polish, and English language (a prerequisite); The knowledge of human rights and discrimination; Very good organization of work and the ability to perform the assigned tasks accurately and within a short time. The candidates…