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…

Courts continue to settle the issue of the spelling of the names – two won cases

On November 22nd, The Vilnius City District Court adopted a decision concerning the complaint of a Lithuanian citizen. The court obliged the Registry Office in Vilnius to spell her daughter’s name using the letter “w” and to issue a new birth certificate. The court acknowledged that the family lives currently in Dubai. While registering the…

CERD concluding observations on Lithuania

The Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) is a body of independent experts, which monitors implementation of the United Nation’s Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination by periodic country report procedure. On 6 January 2016, the CERD released its concluding observations on the combined sixth to eighth periodic reports…

The Court determined: the diverse spelling of surnames causes inconveniences

On 7 November 2016, the District Court of Vilnius City passed the judgement in the case of ‘Wardyn’. The Court obliged the Civil Registry Office to issue a new Marriage Certificate entering ‘w’ into the surname of the Lithuanian of Polish nationality, who has got married with the citizen of Poland. While the passing the…

The court has decided – the government is not a socially vulnerable group

On 4 November 2016, after examining the criminal case, the district court of Kaunas city acquitted Viktorija K. and Linas K. of the charges which state that on the 16 February 2015 (on the Lithuanian Independence day), in public spaces in Kaunas, together with two other persons they were putting up posters with the writing…

Another case concerning hate speech won

Another case of comments inciting hatred has been won – on October 17th 2016, The District Court of Keidainai Region have found M.J. guilty of posting the comments encouraging aggression and physical violence against Muslims – he was openly mocking, humiliating and spreading hade speech against this particular minority. European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR)…

The fight for original spelling of names and surnames does not stop – how much additional judgments shall be passed until the adoption of appropriate law?

European Foundation of Human Rights’ already in July 2016 noticed that there were won eight cases related to entry of the letters ‘w’ and ‘x’ into the documents issued for the citizens of the Republic of Lithuania. This time, two other courts passed particularly significant judgements in the fight for protection of the right of…

Courts’ challange to the newly elected Seimas – ‘x’ and ‘w’

On 10 October 2016, the Vilnius Courts posed challenge to the newly elected Seimas repeatedly acknowledging the right to privacy, free movement of persons and original spelling of names and surnames. Upon the hearing the case of the great-great grandson of Adam Mickiewicz, the Vilnius Regional Administrative Court decided to annul the decision of the…

EFHR is continuing its fight against incitement to hatred

On 15th of March 2016 on lrytas website appeared an article entitled: “ Confusion in Russia: Revolt against annexation of Crimea” (lit.: “„Rusijoje – sujudimas: įsiutino aneksuoto Krymo klausimas“), below which, the same day, a person under the nickname “DEBILAI RUSKELIAI” posted a comment: “atomic on your head, not on Crimea” (lit.:” „atomine jums ant…

EFHR victory in the fight against hate speech

On May 19, 2016, the District Court in Panevezys adjudicated in a criminal case in which Lithuanian citizen V. S. was found guilty of incitement to hatred on the website lrytas.lt. Currently, the convicted man is unemployed, divorced, has secondary education and lives in Panevezys. V. S. was indicted for writing seven comments inciting to…