Request to JSC “Lietuvos geležinkeliai”

On 30th of August this 2011 European Foundation of Human Rights sent a request to JSC “Lietuvos geležinkeliai” about the the cases of punishing employees of the company for not using national language when executing their duties. After less than three months, the Foundation received a reply from the Deputy Minister of Communications Arūnas Štarasa, which contained information that in the period from 20.10.2009 to 25.10.2011 on the basis of the ordinance of director of the cargo transport management  AB “Lietuvos Geležinkeliai” Stasys Gudvalisa, 11 employees  have been punished.

Appeal of the Forum of Parents from the Polish schools in Lithuania

directed at the international Polish-Lithuanian committee of experts on education. The Forum of Parents from the Polish Schools in Lithuania (hereinafter called the Forum of Parents) states the fact that some of the parts of the new law on education implemented by the Lithuanian Parliament on March 17, 2011 are discriminating because: –          They greatly…

Some is breaking the law – the polish newspaper or Lithuania?

The fact that the only Polish newspaper in Lithuania- the Vilnius courier – submitted a complaint about the Lithuanian state to the European Tribunal of Human Rights in Strasburg was described as an unprecedented phenomenon. According to the Lithuanian historian and political scientist, Antanas Kułalaskuskas, the conflict between a local journalist from a national minority and the Lithuanian Commission for Journalist Ethics, is hitting the international forum.

A call out to parents

The European Foundation of Human Rights calls out to all the parents whose kids received a letter from the Minister of Education, Gintaras Steponavičius. Gathering and releasing personal data by the Lithuanian government and also sending letters out to underage people without the permission of their parents is an evident beach of your rights such…

European Foundation of Human Rights in defence of “Kurier Wileński”

On October 14th 2011, Advocate Mr Tadeusz Gudziński filed a complaint on behalf of Kurier Wileński daily to the European Court of Human Rights against the Republic of Lithuania for imposing a fine on the daily’s editorial office for publishing in November 2006 a paper by Krzysztof Buchowski entitled ‘The Way a Lithuanian citizen was Perceived by a Pole in the Interwar Period’, which was read at a Polish-Lithuanian scientific conference.

A petition to the State Language Inspectorate to call the Minister of Science and Education, Gintaras Steponavičius, to management responsibility

On September 16th 2011, the European Foundation of Human Rights has made a petition to the State Language Inspectorate to call the Minister of Education and Science, Gintaras Steponavičius, to management responsibility for sending 26 thousand letters in a language other than the official  (Polish, Russian and Belarusian) to the students attending minority schools. This…

Everyday Europe competition

The European Foundation of Human Rights would like to invite everybody to take part in a creative competition entitled Everyday Europe, which starts as of Monday, 3rd October.

The main prize is a light, energy-saving, 13-inch notebook as well as MP3, MP4 players, board games outstanding books and many more.

European Foundation of Human Rights forwards three further petitions to Brussels

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On Wednesday, 28thSeptember the European Foundation of Human Rights forwarded three petitions to the EU structures: European Parliament and the European Commission against:

  1. Processing of personal data revealing ethnic origin;
  2. Education Act, which discriminates ethnic minorities in Lithuania;
  3. Suppression of rights of the Polish minority in Lithuania (in support of the complaint of Mr. Tomasz Snarski) (the content of the petition (can be found)on the website: www.efhr.eu).

 

Gintaras Steponavičius accused of national hostility and illegal use of personal data

The Lithuanian Minister of Education and Science, Gintaras  Steponavičius, has been accused of accessing personal data and ethnic hostility. European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR), a public institution, has lodged a petition to the General Prosecutor’s Office in this case. According to the Foundation, Steponavičius has violated the Lithuanian law on personal data protection and international agreements by writing a letter to minority representatives. While, the Minister’s public statements are subject to punishment pursuant to the article of the Penal Code concerning accountability for ethnic hostility. However, G. Steponavičius himself doesn’t take the accusations seriously.

European Foundation of Human Rights kindly asks the parents

European Foundation of Human Rights kindly asks the parents whose children received the letter from the Minister of Education and Science, Gintaras Steponavičius written either in Russian or Belarusian to send a copy of it to the Foundation. Please send the scanned copy of the letter to the following e-mail address of the Foundation: efhr@efhr.eu.…

TV program “Aš myliu Lietuvą” – under the microscope of the European Foundation of Human Rights

TV program “Aš myliu Lietuva” – under the microscope of the European Foundation of Human Rights

European Foundation of Human Rights became interested in a matter of “Aš myliu Lietuva”, which was transmitted on LNK TV channel this summer. Supposedly patriotic in nature participants of the programme and their actions are now not only known throughout the entire Lithuania but beyond its borders, and unfortunately not from the positive side. They aroused discontent not solely among the representatives of national minorities in Lithuania, but also among the Lithuanians, who in majority believe that the show has brought disgrace to the entire state.

Statistics – grounds for manipulation

Another of a series of open lectures organised by the European Foundation of Human Rights took place in the Vilnius Branch of the University of Białystok at the beginning of June. This time it was Professor Bogusław Grużewski’s lecture entitled ‘The issue of distortion and correct interpretation of statistics and social research results’.

The European Foundation of Human Rights submitted a petition to the European Commission and the European Parliament to defend the education of national minorities in Lithuania.

During a gathering organised last Friday (02.09.2011) in front of the Presidential Palace, in order to defend polish education in Lithuania, the European Foundation of Human Rights came up with an idea to submit a group petition against the new Lithuanian Act on Education which discriminates against national minorities, to European Commission and the European…

Many volunteers broadened their knowledge at international workshops in Budapest

The participants of the II International Journalism Workshops in Budapest gained many practical skills, such as improving journalistic skills, photography, filming and creating a website. The workshops were attended by young Poles from Great Britain, Spain Ukraine, Croatia, Russia and Hungary, and also two people from Lithuania: Beata Naniewicz and Rajmund Klonowski, volunteers from European Foundation of Human Rights.

European Foundation of Human Rights supports complaint

post_logo_efhrThe European Foundation of Human Rights has filed another petition to the General Prosecutor’s Office of Lithuania. The petition supports the complaint made on June 15th  2011 by Members of Lithuanian Parliament Jarosław Narkiewicz, Andrius Šedžius, Michał Mackiewicz and others and concerns a song by “Diktatūra” entitled “Šalčininkų rajonas” (‘Šalčininkų Region’). The authors of the complaint maintain that the song shows strong evidence of nationalism.

European Foundation of Human Rights in defence of Wilnoteka

On 12th August 2011, the Vilnius District Administrative Court received an appeal against the decision of the inspector of journalistic ethics concerning the case of the article “In defence of Polish schools in Lithuania”, published on the internet website of wilnoteka.lt. The complaint against the portal was submitted by Kazimieras Garšva, president of the Association “Vilnija”, who accused Wilnoteka of misleading the society about the real situation of Polish education in Lithuania and of inciting national discord.

A new course book for Civic Studies is underway.

On October 22nd 2011 during a free training entitled ‘Human Rights in Teaching Civic Studies’, which will take place in the House of Polish Culture in Vilnius and last from 9.30. to 18.30, the teachers will learn about progress of preparation of the new complementary Civic Studies course book written in Polish and designed for Polish schools in Lithuania.

Worth reminding is the fact that on June 29th this year, there was a meeting organized jointly by the European Foundation of Human Rights and Modern Poland Foundation which inaugurated the project Europeans, Poles, Citizens.