Another Human Rights Report Critical Towards Lithuania

midrfOn 6 December of this year the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation published an unprecedented document – a report on obeying human rights legislation in the European Union. Russia is not usually associated with obeying these rights – in fact, the largest number of complaints filed to the European Court of Human Rights come from Russia. Furthermore, Russia has the highest number of ECtHR lost cases. Nevertheless, the Russian Ministry of the Interior decided to scrutinize the situation of human rights in particular member states of the European Union.

EFHR brings Christmas presents to the Orphanage in Podbrodzie

Last Thursday, a team of people was sent by the European Foundation for Human Rights to deliver Christmas gifts to the wards of the Orphanage in Podbrodzie. The headmaster was also given educational materials related with human rights, designed for the youngest pupils as well as for the teenagers, with a special focus on the…

“W” lawful in Lithuania after all

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) has once again detected the hypocrisy of contradictory legal acts and practices which concern the original spelling of names and surnames in official documents. Today dozens, if not thousands of Lithuanian citizens struggle with the problem of name spelling.  According to the State Commission of the Lithuanian Language,…

How to change your name—step-by-step instruction

A person who would like to exercise his/her right to change a name should file an application to the local Civil Registry Office (Civilinės metrikacijos skyrius). The complete list of the Offices can be found at: https://mepis.vrm.lt/web/mepis/kontaktai.

A written application for a name change can also be submitted via the internet, through the MEPIS system (https://mepis.vrm.lt).

The following documents should be attached to the filled in application form (www.efhr.eu/application):

Bartłomiej Śliwa – intern EFHR

The European Foundation for Human Rights (EFHR) is pleased to welcome a new volunteer Bartłomiej Śliwa, a graduate in sociology and comparative study of civilizations at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków and a participant of education projects in the field of human rights protection and measures against racism and xenophobia organized by the Foundation Humanity in Action Poland and Interkulturalni.pl Association.

Mr Śliwa started to cooperate with EFHR in March 2012.

4th Summer Academy: Democracy at School – Call for participants!

4th Summer Academy: Democracy at School
Residential seminar: 6-14 July 2013, Sulejówek/Warsaw, Poland
Deadline to apply: 18 January 2013


A short overview – What is the Summer Academy: Democracy at School?

The EWC is calling for participants for the 4th Summer Academy: Democracy at School, which will take place 6-14 July 2013 in Poland. The Summer Academy offers a regional training to education professionals and local community actors from Eastern Europe and the Caucasus region.

European Foundation of Human Rights participating in training in Strasbourg

UNITED – international initiative unity over 550 organisations. The UNITED representatives have recently organised a training course titled „Step in! Be Active Against Racist, Propaganda and Hate Speech Online”. The project aimed to teach youth activists how to recognise and fight discrimination and violence in the cyberspace.

The representative of the European Foundation of Human Rights, Krzysztof Adam Górski said that “The training provided a load of experiences and pleasantly spent time amongst new acquaintances.

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) on international conference in Latvia.

On the occasion of the Human Rights Day and the 20th anniversary of the creation of Latvian Committee of Human Rights in Riga (LHRC) the conference entitled “The rights of citizens in baltic countries. The experience of the protection at international level.” was organized. LHRC has asked EFHR to present the situation of national minorities’ rights in Lithuania and to get the participants acquainted with its activity and finally, to share with them the experience in the field of protection of the minorities’ rights before the European Court of Human Rights and with a help of institutions of European Union. 

The case of Polish minority in Lithuania is being discussed, the European Commission’s position has a consultative character for the European Parliament

Recently the Lithuanian media have published a number of articles according to which the investigation of my petition by institutions of the European Union has already been closed. Moreover, the articles inform that the European Commission claims the issues described in the petition are within the competence of the member countries. 

The aforementioned information omits a few significant facts and consequently misleads the public opinion.

The Ministry of Culture announces a contest – “For Ethnic Tolerance”

The Ministry of Culture continues the tradition initiated in 2007 which is about rewarding people who contributed the most to the promotion of ethnic tolerance in mass media. The aim of the contest is to instil tolerance towards national minorities as well as sensitivity to racial and national discrimination in the members of the community.

The struggle for surname spelling continues.

The public signs in Lithuania should be written in the country’s official language (according to article 17 of the state language Act); however, to excise stamps on the goods subjected to excise duty (such as cigarettes and alcohol), car licence plates and proper names of companies this Act does not apply. That is how Vilnius…

We highly encourage to applying for participation in the Justice Initiative Fellows Program 2013-2015

Open Society Foundation’s Justice Initiative together with Central European University (CEU) would like to encourage to applying for two-year programme, which includes studying and internship. The programe‘s aim is to support as well as help in developing abilities of young attourneys and people involved in the matters of international human rights, which will help them in further acquaintance with human right‘s problems.

During the second year of their studies, students will be employed, free of charge, by an independent organization concerned with human rights.

EFHR nominated for “Pole of the Year 2012”

The European Foundation of Human Rights is glad to inform you that our expert, Łukasz Wardyn PhD, is among 18 nominees for the honourable award “Pole of the Year 2012.” We are truly grateful for noticing and appreciating our efforts to secure the obedience of human and minority rights in Lithuania. The nomination motivates us even greater to keep up with our attempts to make Lithuania a friendly and law-abiding country. 

Success of European Foundation Of Human Rights concerning expelling tourists from Poland from the church

Few weeks ago the Foundation informed that it took legal activities concerning expelling from the church polish tourists by the priest Vaidas Vaišvila (more information http://www.efhr.eu/2012/09/25/efhr-podejmuje-dzialania-prawne-w-sprawie-wypedzenia-z-kosciola-polskich-turystow/).

The Foundation turned to prosecutor’s office in order to bring the priest to justice on the basis of article 169 of the penal code for discrimination on the ethnic background. However, the prosecutor of Vilnius

New Procedural Rules of the Court of Justice

The European Foundation of Human Rights informs that the new procedural rules of the Court of Justice enter into force on 1 November 2012. The structure of the rules hasn’t been changed since 4 March 1953; some important changes, however, were introduced.

One of the reasons that affect the change in the rules has been a steady increase in the number of cases, among which the reference for a preliminary ruling are the majority. This means that the Court seeks to adapt to changes in the matters referred to the dispute.

Important information for every voter

The parliamentary elections and referendum on the issue of a new nuclear power station in the Republic of Lithuania will be held on 14 October 2012.

The Foundation, a public benefit organization which main purpose is a concern for the public interest and well-being of the society, deems that the right to vote is one of the fundamental rights and duties granted to the country’s citizens. Consequently, on the basis of the information dated October 6-8, 2012 published in “Kurier Wileński” and the one received from the Central Electoral Commission of the Republic of Lithuania, the Foundation has prepared the most important issues associated with the election law. The main purpose of the initiative is to increase the awareness of the rights and duties concerning the elections in Lithuania.

Take part in free training courses!

The European Foundation of Human Rights cordially invites you to the training courses. Their primary purpose is to deepen your knowledge of conducting cases of violations of human rights in the European Court of Human Rights and the Court of Justice of the European Union from procedural and formal point of view. Trainings will help to deepen practical knowledge of the lodging of complaints to the European Court of Human Rights and of the jurisprudence in such important issues as freedom of speech or the return of nationalized property (including the case of collecting the already recovered forests) and many other important international laws. In addition, trainees will be able to present their cases and get advice from an expert.