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.…

New EFHR trainee

Eglė Beinorytė is a first-year student of the study programme combining law and management at the Michał Römer University and Université Montesquieu Bordeaux 4 in France. Eglė is interested in the European Union, as well as in the international and criminal law. In April this year she began a six-week traineeship in the European Foundation…

EFHR to celebrate European Action Week Against Racism

To celebrate European Action Week Against Racism (which is taking place between 12-21 March) the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) is organizing a day of events on Saturday 12th March in Vilnius. Our EVS volunteers – Aneta and Leah – are planning to hold two events over the course of the day and night…

Screening of Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom at Beepart Centre

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) organized a film screening of the documentary Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom. The event took place on the 2nd of March 2016 at Beepart Pilaite cultural centre. The event organizers were Leah Nedahl and Aneta Maciejewska, two EFHR EVS volunteers. Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom was directed by…

Internet commentators still help to fill the national budget

Thanks to the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR), another hate speech offence has been uncovered. The Druskininkai District Court (Druskininkų miesto apylinkės teismas) fined A. B. for publically inciting hatred against a specific group (government intelligence officers). This person has been punished twice over the last six months. This fact shows that fines are somewhat ineffective as a…

EVS Mid-Term Training

From February 16th – 20th an EVS mid-term training session took place at the Margio Krantas resort, (a hotel and events complex just outside of Trakai). Leah Nedahl and Aneta Maciejewska, the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) volunteers who are taking part in the project “Promote diversity, promote human rights”, attended the course, along with other…

European Voluntary Service offers amazing opportunities!

Are you between the ages of 18 and 30? Do you like new challenges? Would you like to learn more about another country and culture while completing an internship to increase your skills? If the answer to these questions is yes then you should consider taking part in an EVS project. The European Voluntary Service…

New European Foundation of Human Rights Trainee

Przemysław Ogrodnik is a fifth-year Law student at Jagiellonian University in Krakow. He is particularly interested in criminal law and administrative law. In February 2016 he began his two-month traineeship at the European Foundation of Human Rights under the Erasmus + programme. Przemysław comes from Kielce, a city with 200,000 inhabitants which is situated between…

EFHR Parliament Excursion

Staff and volunteers from the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) office took the morning off on Friday 29 January to visit the Lithuanian Parliament (Seimas) and enjoy a tour of these important buildings. It was the first visit to the Lithuanian Parliament for European Voluntary Service (EVS) volunteers Aneta Maciejewska and Leah Nedahl as…

European Foundation of Human Rights change of headquarters

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) is pleased to announce that from 18th of January 2016 our organization has a change of address after having moved  to a more spacious and comfortable site. From now on anyone seeking free legal advice, as well as persons interested in the work of the foundation, is welcome…

An EFHR traineeship through the eyes of a volunteer

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) would like to share the impression of Greta Urvelytė after her 2 months EFHR volunteering experience throughout October and November 2015. “My application was driven by the desire to find out about the issues related to human rights, especially those that are being faced by employees of the foundation.…

Become a trainee at EFHR!

If you are over 18 years of age and would like to work for the local community, join us! The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) is currently the most active non-governmental organization in Lithuania working for the protection and promotion of human rights, including the rights of national minorities. Since our establishment, we’ve had the pleasure…

EFHR discloses misinformation provided by Lithuania to the Council of Europe

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) has published its Analysis of the Comments of the Republic of Lithuania to the Third Opinion of the Council of Europe on the Third State Report by Lithuania. The latest country report – which provides information on the situation of national minorities and minority policies between 2006 and…