EVS vacancy in Poland!  Volunteering for YOUTH

EVS vacancy in Poland! Volunteering for YOUTH

Posted on January 24, 2017
The European Voluntary Service (EVS) project is supposed to seek  for development and promotion of local and European volunteering in the city of Kielce and its region through participation in a local project for youth development and  initiatives “Bus Stop for Youth”. The project is  looking for volunteers from Germany, Estonia and Lithuania. Dates of the project: 15th February – 15th June Venue: Kielce, Poland The aim of the project: to increase social participation,especially of young people,  and encourage their active participation in the creation of...
EFHR has chosen the winners of the art contest

EFHR has chosen the winners of the art contest

Posted on December 20, 2016
Dominyka Jakutovič, 8 grade On the occasion of the International Human Rights Day, celebrated on the 10th of December, the European Foundation of Human Rights decided to organise a creative art competition for 5th to 12th grade students. The students were encouraged to create an artwork on one of the selected topics related to human rights. The topic chosen for students from 5th to 8th grade was: “We are all different, but we are all equal”. Older students (9th to 12th grade) prepared an artwork on the topic: “Stand up for someone’s rights”. Among 29 artworks sent to the...
EFHR attended the annual meeting of the organisations coordinating EVS in Lithuania

EFHR attended the annual meeting of the organisations coordinating EVS in Lithuania

Posted on December 06, 2016
Veiklus Jaunimas On the 1st and the 2nd of December 2016 the annual meeting of the organisations coordinating the implementation of projects of European Voluntary Service was held in Anykščiai, Lithuania. The main aim of the meeting was to give an overview of the achievements of the year 2015, to set new targets, to update the handbook for EVS promoters Hopscotch to Quality in EVS and to discuss new initiatives of the European Commission – the European Solidarity Corps and Strategic EVS Projects. The organisators paid close attention to the role of Lithuanian youth in EVS...
International Human Rights Day – new artistic competition for pupils

International Human Rights Day – new artistic competition for pupils

Posted on November 29, 2016
In celebration of the International Human Rights Day on the 10th of December, the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) would like to announce a creative art competition for 5th to 8th grade pupils and for 9th to 12th grade pupils. The topic of the competition for pupils from 5th until 8th grade is “We are all different, but we are all equal”, for pupils from 9th until 12th grade the topic is “Stand up for someone’s rights”. Based on these topics, the pupils are asked to use their imagination and become creative by creating an artwork. So artworks could consist of ideas on a...
EFHR about the equality and the protection of private life in the workplace

EFHR about the equality and the protection of private life in the workplace

Posted on November 18, 2016
On November 15th, the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) organised a training course at the head office of the company “PakMarkas“. „PakMarkas” is one of the strongest and leading-edge companies in Lithuania offering packing and marking solutions. It is not the first time EFHR organises a business-related training course – in spring of this year, the Foundation also conducted a similar training for members of the Responsible Business Association of Lithuania (LAVA, Lietuvos atsakingo verslo asociacija), associating 24 entities. At the invitation of the company, EFHR...
International Day Against Fascism and Antisemitism

International Day Against Fascism and Antisemitism

Posted on November 10, 2016
On Wednesday 09th of November, an historical day in two ways, the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) held a small conference about the prevention of fascism, hatred and discrimination. The event was held due to the International Day Against Fascism and Antisemitism and it took place at the Contemporary Art Center (CAC) in Vilnius. The Event, organized by Maximilian Gallo, an intern of the EFHR, was opened by his presentation concerning with the reconnection of Human Rights and Human Thinking and its connection to issues of repressive discrimination. The presentation created the...
EFHR at the training course for the EVS supporters

EFHR at the training course for the EVS supporters

Posted on November 09, 2016
On November 3-7, the employees of organisations implementing the European Voluntary Service’s projects and people cooperating with volunteers from abroad on a daily basis (tutors, mentors), arrived to the little town of Villa Nova de Gaia, Portugal, in order to acquire new skills in implementing such projects. The main aim of the training “SOHO – European Training Course for EVS Support People” was to improve the quality of EVS projects by gaining new competences (knowledge, skills, attitudes). The training focused on several thematic blocks, such as understanding the concept of EVS;...
EFHR participated once again in the conference UNITED

EFHR participated once again in the conference UNITED

Posted on November 06, 2016
On 26 and 31 October this year, in Macedonia, right next to the picturesque town of Ohrid, a representative of the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) took part in an international conference organized by the UNITED network under the title: ” LIVING TOGETHER: Transform a Divided Past Into Our Common Future ”. Considering the problems currently afflicting Europe, the UNITED decided once again to organize an anti-racism conference, which was attended by (several) dozens of people,  representing non-governmental organizations from more than 30 countries. The main...
EFHR hosted a conference on minority rights

EFHR hosted a conference on minority rights

Posted on October 31, 2016
On Friday 28th of October, the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) gathered participants to its annual conference on national minorities. The title of the conference was “The Rights and Expectations of National Minorities in the Context of Lithuanian and International Law”. The event took place in Vilnius municipality building at Konstitucijos ave. 3 We were glad to acknowledge that more people participated in this year’s conference than previous year, when the conference was held for the first time. This year, the conference room was full to the last seat. The conference not...
EFHR invites to the Conference on the Overview of National Minorities Rights in Lithuania

EFHR invites to the Conference on the Overview of National Minorities Rights in Lithuania

Posted on October 19, 2016
The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) invites to the International Conference entitled “The Rights and Expectations of National Minorities in the Context of  Lithuanian and International Law” to be held on 28 October, 2016 to discuss situation of national minority rights. The Conference will provide an opportunity to present the current social and demographic situation of national minorities in the Republic of Lithuania (Lithuania) and the level of minority rights protection in terms of international obligations. During the Conference participants will discuss and assess draft...
The EFHR continued campaigning against hate speech at the Vilnius International School

The EFHR continued campaigning against hate speech at the Vilnius International School

Posted on October 17, 2016
Friday 14th of October was another great day in campaigning against hate speech. The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) representatives Ewelina Baliko and Maximilian Gallo were entitled to give a lecture on hate speech crimes at the Vilnius International School. The lecture tackled many important questions such as: what is hate speech, how to identify it and what kind of legal procedure and sanctions might the perpetrators face. Also, discrimination in job advertising was shortly discussed. The lecture was everything but a monologue. The event was highly interactive as the pupils were...
Series of EFHR trainings in the field of introducing international law have finished

Series of EFHR trainings in the field of introducing international law have finished

Posted on October 03, 2016
On September 29 at Kazimieras Simonavičius University (Kazimiero Simonavičiaus Universitetas) European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) carried out a second part of training course in the field of introducing international law. Information concerning the first part of a training, related to applying international law and European Union law in the issues concerning discrimination in Lithuania, are available, among others, here. Training entitled “Freedom of speech: realization and limitations” was conducted by an attorney Evelina Davidavičiūtė. Within the training course were...
EFHR invites you to attend free of charge training course on„ Freedom of speech: realization and limitations”

EFHR invites you to attend free of charge training course on„ Freedom of speech: realization and limitations”

Posted on September 19, 2016
The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) which for 5 years has been providing free legal assistance in cases related to infringement of human rights, on 29th of September invites for free training entitled “Freedom of speech: realization and limitations”. It will be the second part of training- the first, held in June was dedicated to application of the international law and the European Union law about the discrimination in Lithuania, more info you can find here and here. The training course will be conducted by attorney Evelina Davidavičiūtė who has been working in her...
EFHR invites you to the conference “Jurisprudence in Central and Eastern Europe: Work in Progress 2016“

EFHR invites you to the conference “Jurisprudence in Central and Eastern Europe: Work in Progress 2016“

Posted on September 12, 2016
The Annual Conference of the Central and Eastern European Network of Jurisprudence (CEENJ), entitled “Jurisprudence in Central and Eastern Europe: Work in Progress 2016”, which is organized by the Faculty of Law, Mykolas Romeris University in collaboration with Lithuanian Bar Association, will be held for the first time in Lithuania on September 11-14, 2016 in MRU LAB, Didlaukio st. 55, Vilnius. The official conference language is English. This year the CEENJ conference is dedicated to the scientific contribution of Israel’s professor and justice Aharon Barak who was born in Lithuania...
The EVS Project "Promote diversity, promote human rights" is about to end

The EVS Project “Promote diversity, promote human rights” is about to end

Posted on August 26, 2016
The project entitled “Promote diversity, promote human rights” which was realized with the partners from Poland (Bona Fides Civic Activity Association) and Great Britain (The English Law Students’ Association ELSA) in the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) is about to end. The aim of the project, realized within the Erasmus + program, was improving the level of education concerning the human rights and tolerance, as well as reducing the scale of prejudice among the Lithuanian society. We pursued those goals together with our volunteers: Leah from the UK and Aneta...
Trainings on human rights in public institutions

Trainings on human rights in public institutions

Posted on August 24, 2016
The awareness and knowledge of the human rights among the Lithuanians is weak. We wrote about it here. The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) wanted to know what actions do the public institutions take to raise awareness of human rights. EFHR asked them for information about the organized training courses on the subject of human rights. The situation among the public institutions seems to be a little better than at the universities – the trainings about human rights or subjects directly associated with them are organized. In the years 2012-2015, the Department of Public Service...
EFHR concerned about the lack of knowledge about the protection of human rights

EFHR concerned about the lack of knowledge about the protection of human rights

Posted on August 17, 2016
In 2014, on order of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Lithuania (Lietuvos Respublikos Teisingumo Ministerija) an opinion poll dedicated to research the level of knowledge about the protection of human rights was conducted. The study shows that only 21% of respondents believes that they have enough knowledge to protect their rights. 34% indicated that they do not have that knowledge at all. 30% of the answerers claimed that they would like to get more information regarding the human rights. The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) willing to examine the attitude of the...
EFHR invited to OSCE workshops

EFHR invited to OSCE workshops

Posted on July 14, 2016
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 pleased to be able to take part in the workshops. Ewelina Baliko represented EFHR at the workshops, during which crimes motivated by hate and discrimination were discussed. At the meeting, participants gained an in-depth knowledge of the problems faced when...
One More Victory Regarding Original Spelling of First and Last Names

One More Victory Regarding Original Spelling of First and Last Names

Posted on July 01, 2016
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 form of the letter “w” in the surname in which the Vilnius City District Court adopts the consistent approach, highlighting that the refusal of writing the letter “w” would cause administrative, personal, and professional nuisances to the petitioner, forcing her to...
EFHR’s ‘Application of international and European Union law in cases of discrimination in Lithuania’ training session has taken place

EFHR’s ‘Application of international and European Union law in cases of discrimination in Lithuania’ training session has taken place

Posted on June 30, 2016
For the past five years, the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) has been offering free of charge legal advice concerning human rights violations. We have also been organizing training sessions in the same field. On the 29th of June 2016, EFHR organized a free course entitled ‘Application of international and European Union law in cases of discrimination in Lithuania’. Held in the auditorium of the College of Social Studies, the training session on the implementation of international law was conducted by Ewelina Baliko, an EFHR legal assistant who also conducts workshops on...
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