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…

Interviews with the Vilnius region veterans

Since the beginning of June this year, the European Foundation of Human Rights met with many people in order to document their interesting and often complicated life stories. We spoke  to veterans of the polish Home Army, former partisan soldiers, resettled persons and those who committed themselves for the Vilnius regions and who contributed to…

Invitation from the European Foundation for Human Rights for you!

Within the framework of a campaign of trips to cities and towns in the Vilnius Region, which is organised by the European Foundation for Human Rights and will take place between 21 and 31 August 2013, EFHR’s employees will represent the Foundation in the following cities: 21st August: Nemenčinė, 12 pm- 4 pm 22nd August:…

Lithuanian law and verdict of Court of Justice of the European Union about sports transmissions

In July 2013 the Court of Justice of the European Union dismissed the appeals from verdicts of the Court sent by FIFA (The Fédération Internationale de Football Association) and UEFA (Union of European Football Associations) related to transmissions of football matches of world championships and European championships. According to the directive 89/552/EEC describing the performance…

Tomaš Jenkelevič joins EFHR

We are pleased to inform you that in July Tomaš Jenkelevič joined the team of the European Foundation of Human Rights. Tomaš comes from Vilnius and is presently a third-year student of Political Science at Warsaw University. As a student, Tomaš tries to acquire knowledge both at university and in practice. Tomaš has won several…

Referendum on farmland contrary to EU law

The European Foundation of Human Rights answers to the referendum planned to take place in October, concerning free movement of capital in the Republic of Lithuania and the consequences of the postulates launched in connection with the referendum and constitutional changes. The running of the referendum and, consequently, the introduction of an amendment to article…

“Nationality in passport”

The European Foundation of Human Rights is curiously watching another debate about restoring the possibility of declaring one’s nationality in the Lithuanian passport. It is worth mentioning that the right to declare one’s nationality in the passport was guaranteed in article 2 of the Passport Issuance Regulations Act for the Citizens of the Republic of…