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…

EFHR invites to debate “There is no place for racism in football”

The European Foundation of  Human Rights  (EFHR) is organizing a debate on ” There is no place for racism in football “, which will take place on October 11 in Vilnius Youth Information Center. This discussion is part of the worldwide „Fare Network“  Action Week activities, which aims to stop discrimination and racism in football…

New EFHR leaflets about hate speech, hate crimes and non-discriminatory job advertisements

European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) has prepared new leaflets in 4 languages about hate speech, hate crimes, and non-discriminatory job advertisements, financed by the Embassy of the Republic of Poland under the project ‘EFHR – active, supportive, and visible centre of free legal advice’. The information about hate speech, hate crimes, how to recognise…

Petra Mosetti – the new intern at EFHR

Petra Mosetti is an Italian citizen, former student of the University of Maribor in Slovenia, where she studied Criminal Justice and Security Sciences. During her Bachelor degree, she spent 5 months in Lithuania, Vilnius, as part of the Erasmus + programme. This experience made her decide to move to the Netherlands, where she lived, as…

EFHR discussion at the “BŪTENT!” Festival

The “BŪTENT!” Festival, which is organized for the second time, will be held on 7-8 September in Birsztany, and is a free event. The festival aims to contribute to the creation of a democratic society, encouraging the involvement of citizens, developing a level of tolerance, encouraging discussion of important issues and problems, thereby improving the…

EFHR welcomes a new intern from italy: Rebecca

Rebecca Venuto is a new Italian trainee that will be welcomed at the EFHR from the beginning of September to the end of December. She is recently graduated in International and Diplomatic Science at University of Trieste in Italy and she is going to pursue her postgraduate studies in International Law and Human Rights in…

Minority schools students found an unified Lithuanian language exam difficult

Since 2013 minority secondary school graduates from Lithuania, including students from Polish schools, have been taking an unified exam in Lithuanian language and literature. This year it was allowed to use a computer for 20 minutes for electronic version of works during both of these exams. Also since 2018 students may use any author from…

The newest member of EFHR – trainee Veronika Lisauskaitė

Veronika Lisauskaitė – is an International Politics and Development fourth year bachelor student of Vytautas Magnus University. During her studies Veronika was interested not only in history of diplomacy, political system, international economics, conflict resolution fields, but also she had a chance to study the international and migration law. Veronika was deepening her knowledge in…