Promises of municipal and mayor elections’ candidates regarding national minorities

On March 3rd we will find out who will represent the interests of Vilnius residents in local government. European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) is implementing a project aimed at getting to know the electoral programmes and positions of potential mayors, committees and parties in matters of national minorities in order to enforce the minorities…

New intern at the EFHR

Oskar Pytka, a new intern at the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR), is currently a full-time student at Coventry University in England. Living outside the borders of the homeland gives him the confidence needed to seek further international cooperation and opportunities for internships. Oskar uses his current knowledge and skills as a volunteer in…

The EFHR lawyer became the Laureate Award of Human Rights

On the occasion of the Century of the Independence of Lithuania, the Embassy of Sweden in Lithuania together with the Embassy of Lithuania in Sweden, the Lithuanian Association of Local Governments and the Ombudsman’s service of the equal opportunities funded the Human Rights Award, to honour and motivate a person fighting for human rights, equality…

CJEU: Unemployed Persons Are Entitled to Family Benefits

On 7th of February, 2019, Court of Justice of the European Union has issued a judgment, stating that under EU law it is not necessary that a person pursue an activity as an employed person in a Member State in order to be entitled to family benefits in respect of his children living in another…

The European Court of Justice: Good Friday is for everyone

Granting Good Friday paid leave or holiday supplements only those workers belonging to a particular religion is discriminatory, according to The European Court of Justice. In the judgment of January 22nd of 2019, the Court finds that national legislation, under which, first, Good Friday is a public holiday only for employees who are members of…

New intern at the European Foundation of Human Rights

Elisa is native to the south of France, and is a new volunteer at the EFHR for 5 months. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Modern Applied Languages (English and Spanish) with an emphasis in communication, she decided to start a Master’s degree in European studies and international relations. She also had the opportunity…

Is the acceptance of every child into minority kindergartens enough?

Kindergartens with Polish and Russian language accepted more children than there were applications received (according to the first priority). During the additional recruitment, children were accepted to additional and other (free) spots, that were declared last summer. According to statistics obtained from the Vilnius Municipality, from 500 applications received, 607 children were accepted to kindergarten…

Court ruled – the bilingual street signs do not breach law. What’s next?

On 23rd of January the Supreme Administrative Court of Lithuania has issued a ruling on the bilingual street signs. This ruling therefore resolved long-lasting dispute between Vilnius Municipality and Government of the Republic of Lithuania. In 2016, during the celebration of a Language Day, Mayor Remigijus Šimašius unveiled street signs in Polish (Warsaw Street) and…

Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities: The Fourth Opinion on Lithuania

On 8th of January, 2019 Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities published recommendations regarding implementation of the Framework Convention for the protection of national minorities in Lithuania. The Advisory Committee‘s recommendations included, among others, remarks concerning negative attitudes against Roma community, original spelling of names and surnames, unified Lithuanian…

Newest intern at EFHR – Lorena

Starting from January 2019, Lorena Mosharof is joining the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) as an intern for 3 months. As a second year Master’s student of Communication and Anthropology with special focus on development and transnational issues at the University of Bonn in Germany, Lorena is particularly interested in post-Soviet studies and political…

Public figures give thoughts on Human Rights Day

Human Rights Day is celebrated every year on 10 December since the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. The ratification of the document enabled laws and policies to embrace human rights, which to this day made us freer. This year, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights marks its…

International Volunteer Day: EFHR’ s experience at the animal shelter

Every year, on the 5th December, we celebrate the International Volunteer Day (IVD), an international observance adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1985. The aim of this day is to recognise the important role played by thousands of volunteers and organisations that every day dedicate their time, passion and skills to make the…

Additional financial support for national minority schools

2018 November 13 The Minister of Education and Science of the Republic of Lithuania, Jurgita Petrauskienė, adopted an order confirming the list of schools that will receive education vouchers – targeted funds to improve educational achievements of pupils. A total of 180 schools of general education have been selected. Over two years, schools will receive…

New ODIHR data on hate crimes for 2017

To mark the International Day for Tolerance, the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) released new hate crime data for 2017 on November 16th. The published report contains data provided by 39 participating States, including official statistics from 34 of them and police statistics from 23 of them. Additionally, the information was…

9th of November: International Day against Fascism and Antisemitism

In 1933, after the Nazi Party rose to power, Jews became victims of the most discriminated violence perpetrated in world history. November 9th 1938 marks the date of the symbolic beginning of the Holocaust and the massive atrocities perpetrated by totalitarian regimes against the Jews, Roma people, disables and political opponents. During that night, synagogues…

EFHR welcomes a new intern: Kseniya

Kseniya Susha – originally from Belarus – is a student of Master Program in Diplomacy at Vytautas Magnus University. She received her first degree in Intercultural Communications in Minsk and decided to put her theoretical knowledge in that field into practice throwing herself into a new environment – for Master Studies in Lithuania. Additionally, she…

Changes in the EFHR team

EFHR has a new team member. It is Monika Guliakaitė, 5th year student of Vilnius University Faculty of Law. Monika joined EFHR as a volunteer during the summer and from this November she started as a EFHR lawyer. Monika will be responsible for monitoring hate-speech comments and discriminatory job advertisements as well as submitting complaints…