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.

European Foundation of Human Rights reported a dozen or so cases of the initiation of criminal proceedings

On 18 August, 2011 European Foundation of Human Rights reported a dozen or so cases of the initiation of criminal proceedings to Prosecutor’s Office of Lithuania against people who called for the acts against the law in their Internet comments. These comments referred in a contemptuous, humiliating and insulting way to national minorities among Lithuanian citizens, and especially to those of Polish minority. The legal basis for the report of the initiation of criminal proceedings is art. 170 (act 2 and 3) of the Penalt Code which penalizes the incitement against any nation, race, ethnical, religious or any other group of people.

The handbook

We cordially invite Polish school teachers and experts who want to write or participate in the formation of extra-curricular activities handbook for Civic Education for middle school students from Polish schools in Lithuania. From our proposals together we will choose the topics that in your opinion must be found in our textbook. We want the pupils to reach for the handbook with pleasure and be curious about what will happen on its next pages. We are looking forward to hearing your opinions, observations, comments – they are all very important to us, so that it can best serve you and your students.

The European Foundation of Human Rights proved that research results quoted by Lithuanian authorities do not correspond with the truth.

PRESS RELEASE

28-03-2011

Only 3.9% of Poles indicate the insufficient knowledge of Lithuanian language as the reason for their unemployment. The Institute of Labour and Social Research in Vilnius confirmed presumptions of the European Foundation of Human Rights that the research results quoted by Lithuanian authorities do not correspond with the truth. On 24th March the Foundation submitted to the Institute of Labour and Social Research a request for explaining the imprecisions connected with the research conducted by the Institute in year 2008 and concerning the situation of men and women belonging to ethnic minority groups on labour market. The research results served as a main argument for passing the new act on education which exacerbates the situation of national minorities in Lithuania.

Plenipotentiary of Katyn families: Strasbourg is working!

On 19-21th December, tens of people took part in the fourth series of lectures about human rights, which were organized by the Lawyers Association of Polish people in Lithuania, in cooperation with the European Foundation of Human rights. The last lectures this year were led by Dr Ireneusz C. Kamiński, expert of the Council of Europe.

Working instrument – a victim of its own success.

According to dr I.C. Kamiński, the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedom is one of the few working law instruments. Why? Many conventions are missing an essential element that is implementation mechanisms. But as Dr Kaminski said, the Convention is at the same time a victim of its own success, because the European Court of Human Rights is simply flooded with complaints: about 150 thousand cases are waiting to be considered (!). Attempts to change the situation on the way of reform are being made. Each of us can make a complaint to the Court, thus each of us can make the Convention’s rules function.