The Court accepted ruling in the case of the right to spell both names and surnames

On the 17 October Vilnius City Administrative Court accepted ruling in „Felix” case holds that client’s son, Felix Rimkus, may receive, ID card and passport that contains his name written in Lithuanian language and in original form on the documents main page, from  Migration Office of Vilnius Region Chief Police Commissariat that is legally obliged…

The Court decided: “Q” on the first page of passport

On 28th of September 2017, Administrative Court of Vilnius, on the request of applicants considered a complaint and annulled decision of Migration Office.  The Court obliged Migration Office to issue a Lithuanian passport to the son of the applicant, Joranas Jacquet with both Lithuanian and original spelling of the name (Jacquet) on the first page…

Court ruled: the racist attack considered as a hate crime

Kaunas District Court on 13 September examined the appeal complaint lodged by the injured party with regard to the judgment of the court of first instance. Victims of the rape claim the racist attack for hate crimes. Kaunas District Court changed the verdict of the Kaunas District Court, stating that two youngsters, who in March…

The racist theory of two – what is the cause of failures according to G. Vainauskas?

In Russia exists very known proverb ‘’word is not a sparrow, if it runs away, you won’t catch it”. The viewers of the television channel “Lietuvos rytas’’ know exactly what does it mean. Manager of basketball team „Lietuvos rytas”, Gedvydas Vainauskas during the interview for Daiva Žeimytė said that the recipe for success is having…

Digital signature – also for EU citizens.

Citizen of Belgium and inhabitant of Lithuania turned for help to EFHR. Couple of years ago Migration Authorities issued a document allowing for permanent stay in Lithuania and allowing to use electronic services, like digital signature. Unfortunately, problems began when in 2015 Applicant’s ID has been changed into attestation – Mobile network operator canceled digital…

VSD report: Special rights of Poles are dangerous for the country

On the 3rd of April VSD and Second Investigation Department under MND prepared a report on national security dangers. We can find there that ‘Russia aims for countrymen to constantly increase demands on receiving special rights for Polish society in Vilnius Region. If Polish society receives special rights, it would be a pretext for Russia…

Petition on language rights of Poles in Lithuania in the radar of EP

On the 4th of May a meeting of Committee on Petitions of the European Parliament has been held, considering petition of Tomasz Snarski No 0358/2011 from 31st of March 2011, about language rights of Poles living in Lithuania, being supported by EFHR. The first examination of petition took place on the 24th of April 2012…

The letter “w” challenge – Parliament hesitates, and the courts are working

On April 11th 2017 Vilnius District Court passed another ruling on the writing of the letter “w” in the marriage certificate. The court stated that “the applicant has married a Polish citizen Bartłomiej Makarewicz and chose the name – Mušeikytė-Makarewicz”. In Poland it is identified as Mušeikytė-Makarewicz. For this reason, the refusal to register and…

Migration office urges Lithuanians to abandon their nationality

The matter of spelling names and surnames, especially problematic for families where one parent is a Lithuanian citizen and another is a foreigner, is getting worse. Lithuanian politicians cannot find common ground in the bill. Courts investigate several dozens of cases pledging w, x and q letters in the population register. Migration office is doing…

The final verdict – letter ‘w’ in identity card

Today the Supreme Administrative Court of Lithuania issued final and not debatable rule on the inscription of the letter ‘w’ in Lithuanian passport and identity card in the case of Wardyn. The surname of Wardyn is well known as one of the first families who started to fight for the original spelling of proper names…

Juridical nihilism continues – ‘x’ in documents issued by Lithuania

This week the Supreme Administrative Court of Lithuania issued two final rules on the spelling of proper names – in the cases of Jacquet and Mickiewicz the court obliged to incorporate in children’s passports their proper names in Lithuanian as well as in original language. This court’s decision created an ambiguous situation – the inscription…

Kaunas Regional Administrative Court said “yes” for “w”

On 23 February 2017 the Kaunas Regional Administrative Court referred to the case of the refusal to issue children with Lithuanian passports with the letter “w” in the Migration Office. The court ruled that Lithunian passports with the surname “Wade” must be issued to juveniles. The court acknowledged that petitioner’s family faces many problems. Documents…

One more achievement in case of writing original surname

European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) is happy for the new achievement. On 2017 January 16 Vilnius Country Court obliged Vilnius City Register Office to change the surname of the petitioner by giving a new marriage certificate with the letter w in it. As the application states, Vilnius City Register Office’s refusal to change the…

New achievement in the case of proper names spelling

On 3 February, 2017 the district court of Kaišiadoriai obligated the Civil Registry office (municipality’s administration) of the area of Kaišiadoriai to issue a new marriage certificate which includes the letter ‘w’. During the analysis of the case, the court considered the clarifying of the Court of Justice of the European Union and factual circumstances…

Lithuanian’s year in the European Court of Human Rights

European Court of Human Rights (hereinafter “the Court”) in Strasbourg is one of the core bodies of the Council of Europe framework. The Court functions as a last option defender of human rights recognised in the European Convention of Human Rights. Every individual can address his/her case to the Court if he/she thinks that his/her…

Increase of the criminal liability for discrimination in the workplace

Office of the Equal Opportunities Ombudsperson announces that the Code of Administrative Offences entering into force starting from January 1st this year replaces the Administrative Delinquency Code. In the new code the amount of the penalties for violations of the principle of equal rights for women and men and equality of opportunity has been increased.…

EFHR fights with discrimination in electronic space

For several years the European Fundation of Human Rights (EFHR), together with the Office of the Equal Opportunities, has struggled with discriminatory job offers that appear on the Internet and in the press. Art. 11 of the Law on Equal Treatment stipulates that job advertisements as well as state service and learning offers cannot include…