Freedom House changes its report about Lithuania on EFHR’s application

Thanks to efforts of the European Foundation for Human Rights (EFHR) one of the world’s biggest organisations for democracy, Freedom House, has changed its report from the current year. In the report on Lithuania, which is available at http://www.freedomhouse.org/report/freedom-world/2013/lithuania the fragment “The rights of ethnic minorities, who comprise about 16 percent of the population, are…

Lithuanian language under better constitutional protection

Currently in Lithuania protection of the national language – its usage, correctness and the way in which it should be taken care of – is regulated by the act on the official language of the Republic of Lithuania. However, the spokesman of the Lithuanian Seimas, Vydas Gedvilas, together with members of the Seimas Committee of…

EFHR supports double citizenship in Lithuania and prohibition of denaturalisation

On April 16th a proposal came to the Lithuanian Seimas to organise a referendum about the issue of double citizenship along with the presidential election in 2014. The inquiry in the referendum would look as follows: “I agree for the second part of Article 12 of the Constitution of Lithuania to sound as follows: ‘…

The UNITED conference in Lithuania

On 26th – 31th May 2013 in Lithuania the UNITED conference entitled “Rethinking Diversity – Challenges for Equality in Europe and new responses” is going to take place. The aim of the conference is to analyze in detail the term “identity”. More than 80 participants from various countries are going to discuss the questions such…

Europe Day has passed

The Europe Day is an annual celebration observed on 9 of May. To celebrate it the European Foundation of Human Rights organized again a trip to the Vilnius Center (Lukiŝkių Square). The Foundation tent was an attraction for many passers-by, tourists, and even hurrying to their offices the Vilnius residents. EFHR, as always, made available…

Europe Day Celebration

Every year on the 9th of May we celebrate Europe Day. And this year was no exception. The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) organized a trip to Vilnius city centre (Łuskiski plac), in order to celebrate this day. We set up a stall, which attracted the attention of many passersby, including tourists and Vilnius…

Check your knowledge!

On the eve of the Presidency of Lithuania in the Council of Europe, the “European examination” is organized for the fourth time. The participants are going to be schools, public and private organizations, and NGOs. The examination has been organized by the European Commission Representation in Lithuania. On 9th May the “European examination” is going…

Europe Day – let’s celebrate it together!

Europe Day is celebrated on May 9th. It commemorates the date of May 9th, 1950, when Robert Schuman, a French Foreign Minister from 1948 – 1952, presented his declaration called the Schuman Declaration or the Schuman Plan. That plan became a new form of political cooperation in Europe which prevented a new war from breaking…

Contracts of employment in a foreign language also in Lithuania

The internal law of a member state of the European Union (EU) cannot impose that contracts of employment with an international element must be made only in the official language of a given country. Each person coming from a member state of the EU has the right to access gainful employment and to perform professional…

Apple is not always an apple and Kowalski is not always Kowalski

According to rules of the game of connotations, in which we have to tell a word that comes to our mind when we hear another word, the majority of us, for the set that will be presented in a moment, would say: Cashmere – a geographic region or a kind of fabric, an apple is…

Promote the activities of EFHR!

As every year, until 2nd May everyone can give the 2% of their income to our Foundation. Thanks to your support we will be able to continue our actions for respecting the human rights and national minorities in Lithuania. EFHR priorities in 2013 is assuring the adoption of the necessary laws aimed at ensuring the…

Tomasz Prądzyński — an intern in the EFHR

Tomasz Prądzyński has already begun a six-month internship at the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) within a European Commission funding programme—Leaonardo da Vinci. The programme is aimed at graduates of master programms who are willing to broaden their vocational skills. A conception of this kind of projects is to combine theory with practice and…

Professor Fernand de Varennes visits Lithuania

One of the most famous experts in defending human rights, professor Fernand de Varennes has visited Lithuania. He is considered one of the best specialists in the domain of linguistic human rights. His most famous works, for which he was distinguished, are Language, Minorities and Human Rights (1996) and A Guide to the Rights of…

Trainings „Diversity among us”

A diversity policy, if introduced in a sensible way, may become a source of comfort for people working in an institution or a company, independently on their gender, race, sexual orientation or physical state. During the trainings, the organisers were trying to show the importance of open and diverse society and the sense of the…

Another criminal penalty for a comment in the cyberspace

The Adminisative Court of Raseiniai ordered a criminal penalty for an inhabitant of Raseinai as punishment for a humiliating comment that publicly encouraged hatred and nationality-based discrimination. Once again we see the effects of the campaign run by the European Foundation of Human Rights concentrating on submitting claims to the prosecution service (for more info:…

Stop the increase of racism and discrimination!

The European Action Week Against Racism is coordinated by a network of non-governmental organisations, called UNITED for Intercultural Action. The week takes place every year on 21st March, in the context of the Day of Fighting Racial Discrimination, which was established by the UN. It is important to promote in the society the idea of…

A week against racism

Changes in today’s society are taking place faster and faster. The meaning of terms such as state, nation, Europe are evolving slowly but inevitably. It can be openly said that the concept of national states from the 19th century is now outdated. In the Europe of today, there are no mono–ethnic countries. Historical influences, labour migration, tourism, business globalization etc. make people of different nationalities change their places of living for various reasons, settle in areas inhabited by other peoples and, in general, travel much more than they travelled in the past. Contact with representatives of various cultures or nations allows one to broaden one’s horizons and to see the world differently from new perspectives. It also creates new possibilities for improvement.

The results of EFHR activity during past conferences

Baltic_Sea_map_Usedom_locationThe interest in the Polish minority in Lithuania is still growing, even on the international stage. Dr László Marácz has analysed the situation of Polish people in Lithuania. The author of the article “Poles in Lithuania” observes that recently Polish-Lithuanian relations are very tense. Moreover, Brussels and Washington are also dissatisfied with the ensuing situation between  the two countries. Even non-aligned Sweden is concerned. OSCE High Commissioner for Minorities Kurt Vollebaek was sent to Lithuania in order to settle this conflict. However, so far, he has not accomplished anything satisfactory. He was informed by Lithuania that the legislation concerning local laws of Poles won’t be changed by the Seimas of the Lithuanian Republic.