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…

Juggling dual citizenship – the next opening

The citizens of Lithuania are already accustomed to the fact that one of their country’s crucial laws, which regulates Lithuanian citizenship, instead of being a guarantee of stability, is the subject of continuous alterations. Adopted in 1991, the citizenship law was altered 10 times prior to its expiration in 2003. The next law, adopted in…

EFHR took part in the CRISP partner project “Fighting right-wing populism in Europe”

European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) representatives Ewelina Baliko and Rajmund Klonowski, along with four volunteer participants (Justyna Dedulevič, Lešek Jankovskij, Birutė Kirtiklytė and Ieva Masiliūnaitė) took part in a partner project with CRISP called “Fighting right-wing populism in Europe”. The participant organizations were: Civil (Macedonia), ECMI (Germany), Iskra (Ukraine), CSDC (Italy), EGEA (Moldova), Human RightS Initiative…

EFHR Alternative Report for CERD

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) has submitted its Alternative Report for the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD). This UN shadow report, considered at the 88th session of the Committee from 23 November to 11 December in Geneva, was written in response to CERD’s review of Lithuania’s sixth to eighth periodic…

EVS “On Arrival” Training Session

From November 18 – 21 an EVS on-arrival training session took place at the Daugirdiškės conference centre, (Elektrėnai district). 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 event, along with other EVS Lithuania participants. On the first day…

“We are similar” project is drawing to an end – come to our gala!

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) is delighted to report that the time for submitting artistic works as part of the second edition of the “Jesteśmy podobni” (“We are alike”) project has come to an end. The project aims at improving the social integration of the Polish minority in Lithuania, especially amongst young people,…

EFHR Vilnius Municipality Excursion

Staff and volunteers from the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) office enjoyed an excursion on Thursday 12th November to Vilnius City Municipality (Vilniaus miesto savivaldybė). The trip was a great opportunity for EVS volunteers Aneta Maciejewska and Leah Nedahl to see the main hub of Vilnius city administration. We were treated to a tour…

EFHR invites you to the conference “Integration and exclusion: The linguistic rights of national minorities in Europe” organized by SNPL (Association of Polish Scientists in Lithuania)

The biggest international scientific conference in the region devoted to the linguistic rights of national minorities entitled “Integration and exclusion: The linguistic rights of national minorities in Europe” will be organized by the Association of Polish Scientists in Lithuania on 27 November 2015 in “Artis Centrum Hotel’, 23 Totorių Street, Vilnius. The conference will be…

EFHR commemorated International Day Against Fascism and Anti-Semitism at Vilnius University

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) organized an event on 9th of November 2015 in the Vilnius University Law building to commemorate International Day Against Fascism and Anti-Semitism. EFHR set up a stall for passers-by to stop and pick up informative materials (pamphlets, posters, postcards, stickers – all provided by EFHR partner organization UNITED).…

EFHR welcomes a new intern

Bartłomiej Derewęda is a student of International and Comparative Law at the University of Lapland which is located on the Polar Circle in Finland. He is currently taking part in a one-year-long student exchange at Mykolas Romeris University as part of the Erasmus+ programme. Bartłomiej is from Opoczno and he is a graduate of the…

International Day Against Fascism and Anti-Semitism

International Day Against Fascism and Anti-Semitism  is an annual day to unite against fascism and racism, in particular anti-Semitism. UNITED for Intercultural Action, which has been active since 1993, began the event to mark the anniversary of ‘Kristallnacht’ (Crystal Night), the first step towards the extermination of the Jewish Europeans by the Nazis on 9…

EVS Project: “Promote diversity, promote human rights”

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) is currently hosting two volunteers who were selected for the Erasmus+ and European Voluntary Service (EVS) project “Promote diversity, promote human rights”. The volunteers, Aneta Maciejewska (from Poland) and Leah Nedahl (from the UK), will have the opportunity to develop professional skills, learn about a new culture and enhance…

The long-awaited EFHR conference has finally taken place!

On 23rd of October 2015 the conference “Protection of National Minorities Rights: Five Years Trends”, organized by the European Foundation of Human Rights, took place at Vilnius Municipality. The conference was held in English and Lithuanian with simultaneous translations available for both languages. Its aim was to review minority rights protection in Lithuania, the results achieved…

Ongoing Human Rights Battle – “x” and “w” have the right to exist

The European Foundation of Human Rights brought another action before the Vilnius City Administrative Court concerning the right to privacy protection and respect for family life. The famous poet Adam Mickiewicz’s great-great-grandson, Roman Gorecki-Mickiewicz, asked EFHR for legal assistance in order to protect the rights of his daughter. The client’s daughter was born in Lithuania…

New volunteer at EFHR

Leah Nedahl is a Goldsmiths (University of London) English graduate with a post-graduate NCTJ Diploma in Multimedia Journalism. Originally from Wales, Leah spent her formative years living in Malaga, Spain, with her family. She enjoys living in different places – she has also lived in London, Brighton and Seville – and is looking forward to…