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

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%…

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…

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’s Visit to the Campanile of St John’s Church

Last Friday (17.06.2016) the EFHR team – both staff and volunteers – enjoyed an afternoon excursion to the campanile of St John’s Church in Vilnius Old Town. Our European Voluntary Service (EVS) volunteers Aneta Maciejewska and Leah Nedahl as well as interns Gabrielė Račaitytė and Karina Gędłek thoroughly enjoyed their visit to the highest building…

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 Europos Parkas Excursion

Staff and volunteers from the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) office enjoyed a visit to Europos Parkas on Friday 10th June 2016. Our European Voluntary Service (EVS) volunteers Aneta Maciejewska and Leah Nedahl as well as new interns Gabrielė Račaitytė and Karina Gędłek thoroughly enjoyed the office excursion. We spent the afternoon walking all…

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…

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…

Protecting Minority rights using theatre as a tool

The training course „Minority Rights in Europe – Play and Change“ was organized by the Roma Youth Centre for youth workers, leaders and trainers working in local communities in Poland, Lithuania, Hungary, Romania, Portugal, Macedonia, Italy, Turkey, Germany and France. The course took place between the 11th and the 19th of May 2016 in the…

Presentations for Europe Day

On the 10th and 11th of May 2016 our European Voluntary Service (EVS) volunteers gave two presentations about the European Union and European values for Europe Day (which is celebrated on the 9th May). Aneta Maciejewska and Leah Nedahl visited a day care centre, which is a part of SOS vaikų kaimai Lietuvoje (SOS Children’s Villages). The…

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…