Whose rights have primacy?

On March 11th 2013 in Vilnius, on Gedimino prospektas, there was an action during which everyone could participate in a free game. Although the weather was not perfect, people were participating willingly. The event was interrupted by an unsanctioned march. As we can see on the video recording, placed on www.delfi.pl website (http://tv.delfi.lt/video/UcLwTjRu/), the march…

„47 countries and one organisation… The Council of Europe” brochure is being distributed!

On request of the Council of Europe, the European Foundation for Human Rights has prepared a Polish and a Lithuanian version of the Council of Europe’s another educational brochure entitled „47 countries and one organisation… The Council of Europe”. (Here you can read about the previous one: http://en.efhr.eu/council-of-europe-education-pack/). The brochure has been prepared for young…

Thorbjorn Jagland’s visit in Lithuania

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe came to Lithuania. Apart from discussing with President Dalia Grybauskaitė some matters related to Lithuania’s presidency that comes soon he also criticised a few aspects associated with human rights. He emphasized that Lithuania is a sovereign state and it meets almost all European standards. However, he stressed…

A new member in EFHR

European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) is happy to introduce its new team member. Viktoria Kvilitaja has started a half a year lasting Leonardo da Vinci programme, funded by the European Union, which aims at supporting greater working mobility of students within Europe and at encouraging young people to gain new knowledge and skills and,…

European Foundation of Human Rights is looking for a translator!

The European Foundation of Human Rights in a public organization headquartered in Vilnius,  and functioning on a non-profit basis. The main aim of our undertakings in promoting civic activities and striving for respecting the rights of socially marginalized groups either because of their ethnic origin, social status, religion, or gender. The European Foundation of Human…

EFHR lecture in the University of the third age in Vilnius

May 26 this year in the House of Polish Culture (DKP) European Foundation for Human Rights (EFHR) was pleased to provide a great group of Polish lecture at the University of the Third Age in Vilnius under the leadership of Asst. Dr. Richard Kuzma. We were greeted by about 50 person group of students who…

EFHR on the UNITED training

European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) took part in the international conference UNITED for the second time. The conference was held in Lithuanian city of Trakai this time. The objective of the meeting was to discuss diversity – multiple and intersectional discrimination. Definition and problem of discrimination, racism and equality has been on agenda for a…

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…