Restriction of personal liberty for one year and a half for 15 comments on the Internet

Restriction of personal liberty for one year and a half for 15 comments on the Internet

Posted on January 13, 2017
DELFI (T.Vinicko nuotr.) On January 5th, Kaunas Regional Court examined the penal case of R.P. on grounds of his appeal against the judgment of The District Court of Prienai Region from April 12th 2016, when R.P. was found guilty on the basis of articles 2 and 3 of paragraph 170 of The Criminal Code of the Republic of Lithuania – for public taunting, encouraging hatred and promotion of discrimination against a group of people of Russian nationality or a person who constitute a part of it and for promoting violence in public. In 2015, European Foundation of Human Rights (hereinafter...
Restriction of personal liberty for one year and a half for 15 comments on the Internet

Restriction of personal liberty for one year and a half for 15 comments on the Internet

Posted on January 13, 2017
DELFI (T.Vinicko nuotr.) On January 5th, Kaunas Regional Court examined the penal case of R.P. on grounds of his appeal against the judgment of The District Court of Prienai Region from April 12th 2016, when R.P. was found guilty on the basis of articles 2 and 3 of paragraph 170 of The Criminal Code of the Republic of Lithuania – for public taunting, encouraging hatred and promotion of discrimination against a group of people of Russian nationality or a person who constitute a part of it and for promoting violence in public. In 2015, European Foundation of Human Rights (hereinafter...
EFHR fights with discrimination in electronic space

EFHR fights with discrimination in electronic space

Posted on January 02, 2017
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 requirements that refer to dicrimination on the grounds of sex, race, nationality, language, origin, social status, religion, beliefs and opinions, age, sexual orientation, disability, ethnic origin or religion. According to Art. 11 of the Law on Equal...
The court has decided - the government is not a socially vulnerable group

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

Posted on November 04, 2016
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 ‘’Sudegink Ruklą, deportuok vyriausybę, imigrantai welcome’’ (translation: ‘’Burn Rukla (The Refugees Reception Centre in Lithuania), deport the government, welcome the refugees’’), i.e. the charges were pressed due to the public incitement of people to...
Another case concerning hate speech won

Another case concerning hate speech won

Posted on October 25, 2016
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) in an application sent to the Prosecutor’s Office stresses that on July 18th and 19th 2016, M.J. under the pseudonym “ABONETAS”, had written two comments under the article entitled “The truth has come to light: the...
EFHR is continuing its fight against incitement to hatred

EFHR is continuing its fight against incitement to hatred

Posted on September 14, 2016
DELFI (T.Vinicko nuotr.) 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 galvos o ne kryma“). According to European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR), the comment left under the article incited hatred in terms of national identity. Prosecutor’s office in Kaunas...
EFHR victory in the fight against hate speech

EFHR victory in the fight against hate speech

Posted on July 11, 2016
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 hatred and physical violence. The District Court in Panevezys decided that the comments posted on the website by V. S. publicly humiliate and defame individuals of Russian origin, incite to hatred and discrimination against Russians, by describing them as...
Restriction of liberty for 17 hateful comments

Restriction of liberty for 17 hateful comments

Posted on April 05, 2016
www.delfi.lt (R.Achmedovo nuotr.) The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) is continuing its fight against hate speech on the Internet. An inhabitant of Kaunas, A. G. (a working, married man with an academic degree), has been convicted of a record number of comments (17), in which he incited hatred and encouraged physical violence. The Kaunas District Court (Kauno miesto apylinkės teismas) issued a criminal order for A.G. On the basis of the petitions filed by a specialist from the Office of the Inspectorate of Journalist Ethics (Žurnalistų etikos inspektoriaus tarnyba), the court...
Internet commentators still help to fill the national budget

Internet commentators still help to fill the national budget

Posted on March 03, 2016
Thanks to the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR), another hate speech offence has been uncovered. The Druskininkai District Court (Druskininkų miesto apylinkės teismas) fined A. B. for publically inciting hatred against a specific group (government intelligence officers). This person has been punished twice over the last six months. This fact shows that fines are somewhat ineffective as a form of punishment and it also reveals a general lack of social awareness concerning freedom of speech boundaries. On the internet portal: www.lrytas.lt, in an article dated 22nd June 2015,...
Another EFHR success in fighting hate speech

Another EFHR success in fighting hate speech

Posted on February 01, 2016
The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) has achieved another success in the area of fighting hate speech on the internet. The District Court of Kaunas (Kauno miesto apylinkės teismas) has issued a criminal warrant for P.V. for publically instigating violence and encouraging physical assault based on racism. The intended victims were of Russian nationality. On the 17th July 2015, on the www.15min.lt website, beneath an article titled “Russia expanded its borders 2km into Georgia’s territory within one night”, P.V., under the pseudonym “Igor”, published (in Lithuanian) the...
Parental responsibility for the actions of underage children in cyberspace

Parental responsibility for the actions of underage children in cyberspace

Posted on March 24, 2015
These days, the internet is not only a source of information. It is also a space for work or making friends and keeping in touch with friends, family and contacts. However, besides all of these benefits, the dangers the Internet brings should also be mentioned. Using the Internet one may feel anonymous, which very often leads to lack of control over one’s emotions and sometimes the outpouring of one’s anger at other people. As practice shows, this leads to slander, offending other people and incitement to hatred. Despite the fact that by monitoring cyberspace it is possible to find and...
EFHR encourages law enforcement bodies to change their attitude towards cyber-crimes

EFHR encourages law enforcement bodies to change their attitude towards cyber-crimes

Posted on January 30, 2015
On January 29, EFHR was searching the internet and found a page, “People’s Republic of Vilnius – Виленская Народная Республика”, created on a social networking site, Facebook. Its description contained the phrase: “We demand to bring in Polish “green people” to Vilnius and carry out a referendum among the indigenous people there.” EFHR believes that such a website is against Article 10 of the Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania which states that state territory is homogenous and indivisible into state entities....
EFHR fights against Racism and Anti-Semitism

EFHR fights against Racism and Anti-Semitism

Posted on November 13, 2014
The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) wishes to express its concerns regarding the growing success of extreme right nationalist parties in recent parliamentary elections across Europe. Our foundation strongly believes that these tendencies must be stopped and actions must be taken in order to prevent the repeat of historical events like the terrible persecution of the Jewish people, the Roma community and other social groups. Regarding the current situation of discrimination in our country, EFHR notes that according to the latest Opinion on the Implementation of the Framework...
EFHR's lectures in schools

EFHR’s lectures in schools

Posted on October 06, 2014
The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) had the honour to lead a series of 15 courses on discrimination and hatred in the contemporary world. Meetings were held on 15-30 September. They were attended by over 500 students from grades 8-12 and 20 teachers from Lithuanian schools in Vilnius and in the Vilnius region. The courses were carried out in numerous schools including A. Kulviečio high school, Viršuliškių, Fabijoniškių, in progimnazjum in Baltupiai, at a junior high school in Verdenės, and at the junior high school Antokol. Issues related to discrimination and freedom of...
When personal opinion becomes public: EFHR fights against discrimination in the virtual space

When personal opinion becomes public: EFHR fights against discrimination in the virtual space

Posted on August 13, 2014
Life online never stops – the internet provides more information about our world than we have ever had, facilitates access to relevant data and gives us the opportunity to make public personal opinions and exchange views with other members of society. Furthermore, the internet is an arena where people can make not only money but also friends, and in this way it affects every contemporary individual. As it is widely used and easily accessible, the internet creates new communication forms, ways in which groups of people can organize and introduce different activities. However, there is a...
EFHR invites you to enter our short stories competition!

EFHR invites you to enter our short stories competition!

Posted on June 02, 2014
The IEMed and the Anna Lindh Foundation have launched a call for participation in the seventh edition of the international literary competition of short stories and tales “Sea of Words”, aimed at young people from the 43 countries of the Euro-Mediterranean area. The ‘Sea of Words’ Literary Competition focuses on cross-cultural understanding through the promotion of short stories. This year, the competition is aimed at producing stories or short stories focused on the fight against racist and discriminatory speech online, which falls into the framework of the Council of Europe...
Cyber crimes give rise to criminal liability

Cyber crimes give rise to criminal liability

Posted on June 01, 2014
The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR), with great pleasure, encounters an increasingly serious approach towards cyber-crime by the institutions and courts of the Republic of Lithuania. This positively complements the EFHR campaign that began a few years ago and is aimed at reducing the sense of impunity on the part of those violating the dignity of others via the Internet. The punishment of a 20-year-old, who in August 2010 hacked a web page of Wladyslaw Syrokomli Secondary School in Vilnius, could serve as an example. The Hacker, a resident of Kaunas, was convicted on the basis...
Poland and the Poles in the eyes of Lithuanians - initiative to build friendly relationships

Poland and the Poles in the eyes of Lithuanians – initiative to build friendly relationships

Posted on May 28, 2014
On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the signing up of the Treaty of friendly relationships and neighbourly cooperation  in Vilnius between the Republic of Poland and the Republic of Lithuania, the Polish Embassy prepared a series of short films in which well-known Lithuanians (politicians, scientists, people connected with sport and  culture, students, as well as other representatives of the Lithuanian community) express their impressions and opinions about Poland. The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) express huge satisfaction from this initiative, believing that the...
Encouraging physical violence still taking place in the cyberspace?

Encouraging physical violence still taking place in the cyberspace?

Posted on September 10, 2013
The campaign ran by the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) against insulting comments on the internet has so far been successful and led to yet another warrant. The regional court of Alytaus (Alytaus rajono apylinkės teismas) has given an order against V.L. for public encouragement of physical violence and aggression on racial background that was aimed against dark-skinned persons. On the 10th of February 2013, V.L. under the nickname ‘Kunigas’ published a comment on the internet portal of www.15min.lt that read “Visus negrus susaudyt”. The court has ordered a penalty of 1950...
Visible effects of the campaign led by EFHR against offensive comments in the cyberspace

Visible effects of the campaign led by EFHR against offensive comments in the cyberspace

Posted on November 04, 2012
“I won’t write any more comments about Poles. I’m scared and I obviously don’t want to be sued.” (http://www.delfi.lt/news/daily/lithuania/rsikorskis-lietuvoje-lenku-teises-butu-beveik-pakankamos-bet-jos-silpninamos.d?id=58876573&com=1&s=2&no=200). This comment proves that the campaign led by the Foundation against offensive comments in the Internet brings the desired effects. Offensive comments are less frequent and people who write those comments admit they are scared of writing texts inciting ethnic hatred. It is like in the proverb “We learn from our mistakes”....
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