The court has made a decision – “Jacquet” instead of “Žakė“

After examining the case of the records of surnames of a children with dual citizenship in the records of civil status, Vilnius city District Court has decided to oblige the Civil Registry Office to change the surnames of children from “Žakė” to its original surname “Jacquet”, and to issue a birth certificate. In the French…

Job offers are still discriminatory

For several years, European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) together with the Equal Opportunities Ombudsman’s Office have been fighting against discriminatory job offers from the Internet and the press. Unfortunately, they are still being published, falsely favouring specific age group. On 13 July 2018 EFHR approached the Equal Opportunities Ombudsman’s Office because of an offer…

Courts work also in summer – next ruling on “w”

On 6 August this year, the Vilnius District Court adopted next ruling on the spelling of names and surnames. The applicant entered into a marriage with a citizen of the United Kingdom, P.J. Warne, however, in the marriage certificate the surname of the applicant was written with the letter “v”. After the adoption of a…

A Lithuanian living in Alaska won the surname with “w”

On July 25th 2018 The Vilnius District Court passed yet another verdict on the original spelling case of names and surnames. This time, for a Lithuanian who married a citizen of the United States of America and took a surname with a “w”. A citizen of Lithuania, who lives in Alaska, reached out to the…

Hate speech: there are fewer comments, but the view do not change

On 4 July 2018 the District Court of the City of Vilnius accepted a judgement, in which D. K. was acquitted of humiliating Russians publicly. Since 2016 D. K. has published over 10 comments on the website www.lrytas.lt, in which he was insulting and humiliating Russians, calling them fascists and failures. He only wanted to…

Another favourable verdict for the letter “w”

Vilnius City District Court has ruled yet another verdict and obliged the Civil Registry Office to change the surname of a Lithuanian citizen who married a citizen of Polish to “Wojewoda”. According to the assessment of the court, the prohibition to adopt last name “Wojewoda” is disproportionate to the inconvenience that an applicant would suffer…

The EFHR submits its alternative report on the implementation of the FCPNM in Lithuania

In 2018 the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) has submitted its alternative report about the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities (FCPNM) in Lithuania. Moreover, the report evaluates the implementation of the Framework Convention by the Department of National Minorities under the Government of the Republic of Lithuania. The document has been…

Lithuania fails again to fufill its reporting obligations

Lithuania has ratified the Convention of on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on 10th November 1998 and is therefore required to hand periodic state reports detailing the situation in the country. However, Lithuania has not fulfilled this obligation. Lithuania’s report was intended to be discussed and examined by a Committee of experts, namely the Committee…

Ethnic minorities are studying from poor quality learning materials

Republic of Lithuania Law on Education states that education is an activity intended to provide an individual with a basis for a worthy independent life and to assist the individual in the continuous cultivation of abilities. Every parent hopes that their children will acquire the necessary amount of knowledge and that the process of learning…

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…

The report of the Equal Opportunities Ombudsman on the year 2016

On 11 April 2017, the Equal Opportunities Ombudsman’s Office published the report on the year 2016, presenting the activity on fight against discrimination on grounds of gender, age, nationality, language, origin, religion, beliefs, race, sexual orientation or disability. In 2016, Equal Opportunities Ombudsman’s Office Conducted 89 inquiries with regard to age discrimination, while in 2015…

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…