‘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…

A new trainee in EFHR

Eglė Beinorytė is a first year, second degree student of Law and Management program run jointly by Mykolas Romeris University and Montesquieu University of Bordeaux. Eglė takes an interest in European Union, international law and criminal law. In April, she started a 6-week traineeship for EFHR. Eglė was born in Telšiai – the capital of…

EFHR visits Money Museum

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) staff and volunteers visited the Money Museum of Lithuania on Tuesday 29 March 2016. Our European Voluntary Service (EVS) volunteers Aneta Maciejewska and Leah Nedahl as well as Erasmus + intern Przemysław Ogrodnik thoroughly enjoyed the trip. The tour was very interesting and gave our volunteers a great…

Restriction of liberty for 17 hateful comments

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) is continuing its fight against hate speech on the Internet. An inhabitant of Kaunas, A. G. (a working, married man with an academic degree), has been convicted of a record number of comments (17), in which he incited hatred and encouraged physical violence. The Kaunas District Court (Kauno…

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The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) has been working only since 2010 and has already achieved so much. This is all thanks to the help of the people like YOU! Thanks to your support we are able to continue our actions in aid of respecting the human rights and the rights of the ethnic…

Polish version of Vilnius municipality website created in cooperation with EFHR

Thanks to cooperation between EFHR and Vilnius City, which aims at supporting national minorities residing in Vilnius, a Polish version of the local government website vilnius.lt has been launched. EFHR gladly undertakes all activities that are intended to improve communication between the local authorities, national minorities and foreigners. Since August 2015 EFHR has provided information to…

Human rights in business — the challenges and good practice

On 31 March 2016 The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) shared the knowledge and practical examples from the field of human rights in business with the members of Lithuanian Responsible Business Association (LAVA, Lietuvos atsakingo verslo asociacija). The training was carried out by the assistant attorney Evelina Baliko, a representative of EFHR. Speech titled…

Europe Day – Poster Competition

Europe Day is an annual celebration of peace and unity in Europe which takes place every year on the 9th of May. Although Europe and the European Union as a whole is facing some serious challenges, we must demonstrate that our common values, such as diversity and respect for human rights, are more important than…

EFHR to attend 20th Anniversary at The Hague

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) will attend an upcoming event to mark the 20th Anniversary of The Hague Recommendations Regarding the Education Rights of National Minorities. EFHR’s Assistant Attorney Ewelina Baliko will attend the event, which will take place from 20 April – 21 April 2016. The conference is organized by OSCE High…

Forced surname change at 11 years of age

On the June 2004 a child was born into a family in Lithuania. This child was given the original surname of his father – which includes the letter q. The original surname of the child did not cause any problems when issuing the birth certificate and the passport of the Republic of Lithuania in 2004.…

Invitation to submit abstracts to CELA

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) would like to inform you about an upcoming conference, organized by the Civic Education Lecturers Association (CELA). CELA is calling for the submission of abstracts for the Second International Conference on the State of Civic Education in Post-Soviet Countries: from Formal to Informal Practices. The main aim of…

OSCE representatives visit to EFHR headquarters

On March 15 2016 a meeting took place between representatives of the High Commissioner on National Minorities for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) at EFHR’s headquarters. The meeting was arranged to discuss the current situation of national minorities in Lithuania. The main topics included the state legislative situation in the field…

European Action Week Against Racism Multicultural Events

EVS volunteers from the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) Aneta Maciejewska and Leah Nedahl organized two events over the course of the day and night on Saturday 12th March in Vilnius. The occasion was to celebrate European Action Week Against Racism (12-21 March) – the European-wide UNITED initiative aiming to tackle racism and discrimination.…