Volunteering work by Arnoldas Ignatčikas

Arnoldas Ignatčikas is an European Studies student at the Kaunas University of Technology. He is twenty one years old and has academic experience locally as well as internationally. He studied at RheinAhrCampus, Honschule Koblenz (University of Applied Sciences) in Remagen, Germany for one year. It was the most outstanding  time in his young life. Studying…

EFHR invited to OSCE workshops

On the 12th and 13th July the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) organized workshops in Vilnius devoted to tackling the issue of hate speech. The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) is pleased to have received the invitation from OSCE and was very…

Court’s decision: “w” is to be written in the Lithuanian’s passport

On 4th July 2016 the Vilnius Regional Administrative Court adopted the definitive ruling regarding the original spelling of first and last names. The court obliged the Migration Board to write the letter “w” in the citizen’s of the Republic of Lithuania (RL) passport. The court stated, “The decision of the Migration Board in which it…

One More Victory Regarding Original Spelling of First and Last Names

On 1st July the Vilnius City District Court adopted a ruling in which it obliged the Registry Office to issue a new marriage certificate with the surname “Weston” written with the original “w” for a Lithuanian woman who married a citizen of New Zealand. It is the fifth won court case already concerning the written…

EFHR competition in honour of the 20th anniversary of EVS – Results

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) organized a Facebook competition on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the European Voluntary Service (EVS). We invited participants to write a text/poem/song/anything at all promoting EVS and encouraging young people to participate in an EVS programme! We received entries in both English and Lithuanian. We decided…

EFHR encourages ZIS Foundation Travel Grant applicants

Every year the German ZIS Foundation grants scholarships to young people aged between 16-20 who have not yet started studying at university. Young people from around the world have the opportunity to apply for €600 to carry out a project abroad on a freely chosen subject they are interested in. The participant must make the…

New EFHR trainee

Gabrielė Račaitytė is a third year student at Vilnius University Institute of International Relations and Political Science (VU TSPMI). Originally from Kaunas, Gabrielė moved to Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, following graduation to study Political Science. As travelling is one of Gabriele’s major passions she is always looking for new opportunities to see as much…

EFHR Competition to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of EVS

The European Voluntary Service (EVS) is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year! To honour this special occasion the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) is inviting YOU to take part in our Facebook competition! Thanks to EVS, over the last 20 years young people have had the opportunity to volunteer abroad, contribute to a cause…

New intern at the European Foundation of Human Rights

Karina Gędłek is a student at the United World College in Armenia. In 2015 she was given the opportunity to continue her education in an international environment that welcomes students from over 70 countries. Living and communicating with people from all over the world has helped her to understand the huge variety of perspectives that…

Europe Day Poster Gallery at the European Commission Representation in Vilnius

We are pleased to announce that a number of the posters from our recent EFHR Europe Day competition have been chosen to go on display in a gallery at the Information Centre of the European Commission Representation in Vilnius (Gedimino pr. 16). The exhibition consists of a selection of the poster competition entries, and includes…

US Department of State reports on minority rights violations in Lithuania

The US Department of State has released its annual report on Lithuania. The Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor is the department responsible for the Country Report on Human Rights Practices for 2015 in Lithuania. Like a number of previous reports mentioned by EFHR, this document has drawn attention to discrimination in relation to…

Europe Day – Poster Competition Results

In order to celebrate and promote Europe Day on the 9th of May, the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) organized a poster competition. The subject of the works, which were created by using various artistic techniques, was Europe Day, the European Union, European values and diversity.  The interest in the competition went above and beyond…

‘The Spelling of Names and Surnames – Challenges and Decisions’ Conference

On the 13th of May in the Council Chamber of the City of Vilnius’ local government, the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) is organizing a conference titled “The Spelling of Names and Surnames – Challenges and Decisions.” The aim of the conference is to provide an overview of Lithuanian law in regard to the spelling…

EFHR to take part in Europe Day exam

On Monday 9th May the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) will help to celebrate Europe Day by completing an online test about Europe. ‘The Europe Exam’ is a quiz about the European Union. Candidates will be faced with a set of questions of varying difficulty and these will be concerned with the development of the EU, its…

EFHR took part in the SNPL’s Conference devoted to the rights of national minorities

From the 28th– 30th of April in Vilnius, The Association of Polish Academics in Lithuania (SNPL), together with the University of Bialystok Faculty of Economic-Informatics (Lithuania branch), and the Institute of National Security of the Pomeranian Academy in Slupsk organized an international, cross-disciplinary, scientific conference titled “National Minorities – an Opportunity, a Challenge, or a Threat to…

EFHR accounts on the conference on education rights of national minorities in the Hague

On the 20th and 21st April, the High Commissioner for National Minorities of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe organized a conference dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the Hague recommendations on the educational rights of national minorities. A month ago, during a meeting with representatives of the High Commissioner in Vilnius, the…

EFHR concerned about the lack of knowledge regarding human rights protection

At the request of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Lithuania (RL) (Lietuvos Respublikos Teisingumo Ministerija), public opinion research about knowledge on human rights protection was carried out in 2014. According to the research only 21% of the respondents believe that they are educated enough to protect their rights, 34% of the respondents stated that they…

Understanding Human Rights – Workshop in Adam Mickiewicz Gymnasium

On Monday (18th April 2016) European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) EVS volunteers Aneta Maciejewska and Leah Nedahl gave a workshop at Vilnius’ Adam Mickiewicz Gymnasium. This is the first in a series of workshops being organized to familiarize young people with human rights and the topic of hate speech. The participants of the workshop…