Amnesty International criticises Lithuania

Amnesty international, an international organisation working to protect human rights in its 2012 annual report, accused Lithuania of having a passive attitude towards the secret CIA prisons on their territory. According to Amnesty International, the worst fact is that although there is a constant inflow of information about this,

The Youth Assembly 2012 4-8 October 2012 – the European Youth Centre at Strasbourg

We encourage all youngsters in age between 16 -25 to apply for participation    the  Youth Assembly 2012, which will take place at October, 4 -8 , 2012 this year.  Unfortunately, the deadline for applications expires on  May 30th, 2012. the organizers of the following event : the European Youth Foundation and the European Youth Centre. For more information please read:

Cybercrime to be prosecuted all around Europe

Trainee of the European Foundation of Human Rights Ms  Katarzyna Anna Gorgol  (fifth – year students at the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin) has launched publication series  published in “The Vilnius Courier” by the article “Cybercrime to be prosecuted all around Europe”. This series of publications is focused on most important rulings of the Court of Justice of the European Union approaching to the reader, the importance of legal issues, especially in the Human Rights Law area.

After the Web 2.0 Revolutions: New Media as an Instrument for Change and Democracy?

The European Foundation of Human Rights invites everybody to apply for a series of workshops organised for young journalists of which the title reads: Youth Media Workshop 2012 and to be more precise the workshops will cover matters related to the following topic: “After the Web 2.0 Revolutions: New Media as an Instrument for Change and Democracy?” The workshops will take place in August between the 19th and the 24th.

The European Foundation of Human Rights will take part in the “What about Gender?” training course

On 12 April, the European Foundation of Human Rights encouraged all to apply for participation in the “What about Gender?” training course (more information: Applications for participation were open for organizations in all countries of the European Union, the SEE countries (Montenegro,Serbia,Turkey,Moldova,Macedonia,Croatia,Bosnia and Herzegovina,Albania) and the EECA (Eastern EuropeandCentral Asia) countries. After a thorough consideration of all submitted applications, the Appraising Committee selected only 10 best candidates,

„Saw for the Poles” case continued – the prosecution starts an investigation following our intervention.

As we have previously informed, the European Foundation of Human Rights discovered a group on the social networking portal called Facebook, titled “Saw for the Poles” (lit. „Lenkpjūvė”) with a motto that stated “Slaughter the Poles while they’re young!” („Pjauk lenką kol jaunas!”). The group consisted of 23 members who posted comments and statements, which openly encouraged hatred against the Polish minority in Lithuania.

The European Parliament considers the rights of the Polish minority in Lithuania to be a very important matter. Below is Mr. Tomasz Snarski’s account of the Committee on Petitions’ meeting.

The European Parliament Committee on Petitions has held a meeting on the 24th of April 2012 during which the petition submitted by Mr. Tomasz Snarski, in regards to the polish minority’s language rights in Lithuania, was discussed. The European Foundation of Human Rights supported Mr. Snarski’s case (more information can be found here: The…

The European-wide Action Week Against Racism

From conferences, lectures, street theatre performances and concerts to wiping off the racist slogans from the city walls. This is just a small part of the events, which were organised through the whole week of March (17-25) in all Europe on the occasion of Week of Solidarity with the Peoples Struggling against Racism and Racial Discrimination. The celebration has begun on the  21st of March on the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

The majority of events this year were organised in the frame of the campaign ‘Open your mind.

Group on Facebook called “Saw on Poles” deleted!

The European Foundation of Human Rights discovered on the Social Network Facebook a group titled “Saw on Poles”, which motto was“Whack Pole ‘till he’s young!”. The group was consisted of 23 members, who were posting comments, statements, open calls for hatred as well. Moreover there were put few pictures insulting for polish nation.


Human Rights Monitoring Institute is currently accepting applications for the Summer School “Using Lisbon Treaty for Building Active Citizenship”.

The Summer School is designed for young professionals from EU-based NGOs, who are interested in EU and human rights law as well as in developing effective human rights advocacy campaigns.


Action 3.1 training course

 Dear friends,

“Alinhas?”, a youth association from Portugal, would like to invite you to participate in a new project to be presented on the 1st of May deadline.

It is a training course that will explore different Gender issues affecting our countries and European society at large. Here you can check more about us and the project.

2012 OHCHR Minorities Fellowship Programme (English) – call for applications

The Minorities Fellowship Programme (MFP) was launched by the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in 2005.

Through the MFP, the OHCHR aims to give persons belonging to national or ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities an opportunity to gain knowledge on the UN system

“Poles, Europeans, Citizens”. There is a new textbook of Social Studies for Polish schools in Lithuania!

On 30 March this year, European Foundation of Human Rights in association with Modern Poland Foundation could hand over new textbooks of Social Studies for Polish schools in Lithuania. These books are addressed to young people who are at 10-11 class and will provide them with a crucial minimum of knowledge which will allow students to learn about political and social problems of modern democracies along with the forms of social commitment.

Does the law allow discrimination?

Under that title was held the Thursday’s lecture of Ewelina Tylec, as a part of this year’s round of lectures organised by the European Foundation of Human Rights.

During this Thursday’s afternoon (22nd March 2012), the Foundation invited to a lecture  on the protection of human rights in Europe and Lithuania and followed by a fruitful discussion. There were many, who accepted our invitation. Among them students, lawyers, scholars, teachers etc. 

Get involved in the European Week Against Racism!

Conferences, lectures, street theatre performances and concerts, as well as removal of racist slogans from walls in cities – this is only a part of the series of events that will be organised  throughout the whole week in March everywhere across Europe on the occasion of the Week of Solidarity with Peoples Struggling wit Racism and Racial Discrimination. The events start on 21st March – on the International Day of Fight with Racial Discrimination.

The majority of happenings will be organised under the framework of a campaign „Open your mind. Speak out against racism!” organised by the network UNITED (see:

17th March – 1st anniversary of the adoption of the Act on Education

A march in defense of education in schools of minorities in Lithuania was held on Saturday, 17th March along the Avenue of Gedyminas. Few thousand participants of the rally marched towards the square of V. Kudirka to the headquarters of the government of Lithuania, where they openly expressed their protest against the amended Act on Education, restricting the hitherto rights of persons belonging to national minorities in Lithuania. Representatives of Polish, Belarusian, Russian and other minorities spoke to the Lithuanian authorities.

We invite you for an open lecture!

European Foundation of Human Rights and the Association of Scientists Poles of Lithuania have an honour to invite everyone for an open lecture by Ewelina Tylec (Central European University in Budapest) under the title „Can law discriminate? Analysis of the issue in the context of the situation of Polish minority in Lithuania”.

The lecture will be held on 22nd March 2012 at the Home of Polish Culture in Vilnius at 6pm in the room 305.

First penalty for comments

The campaign of the European Foundation of Human Rights against the increasing wave of hatred on the internet in Lithuania brings first positive results.

On 27th January 2012, a district court of the city of Kaunas issued an injunction for the citizen of Kaunas, Andrius Bražėnas for humiliating and inciting to discrimination on the grounds of nationality statements. For his comments: „ši nelojali Lietuvai šūdlenkių šunauja nebus išvyta iš Lietuvos, tol dergs mūsų valstybė“ (translation, “this disloyal to Lithuania group of “shitpoles” will not be kicked out of Lithuania until they contaminate the state”), „tokie šūdlenkių išsikalbėjimai vyktų kokioje nors Kaukazo ar Vidurinės azijos šalyje, ŠŪDLENKIAM būtų padaryta Baltramiejaus naktis ir baigtųsi tos nesąmonės.

Research of the Polish minority situation in Lithuania.

Ewelina Tylec is a student of the LLM in Human Rights Program at Central European University in Budapest. In 2011 she graduated with a Master’s degree in legal studies from the University of Wrocław (MA thesis: The Role of Custom in Diplomatic Law). Currently, she is working on the project: The issue of legal discrimination. Polish minority in Lithuania under supervision of Professor Gabor Kardos. The project analyzes the situation of the Polish minority in Lithuania and the role of the international minority rights protection systems (particularly: the right to the use of minority language, the right to education in the minority language and the right to participate in the state’s public life). 

International Empowerment training

International training: Your Power, Our Power
Empowerment as means to promote active citizenship and inclusive societies
Five-day training
Dates training: 2-7 September 2012
Location: Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Deadlines: Pre application at Radar: 6 April 2012
Final deadline application Grundtvig mobility grant: 30 April 2012
Eligible countries (Grundtvig mobility grant): European Union and Croatia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Macedonia, Norway, Switzerland, Turkey