EFHR fights against Racism and Anti-Semitism

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…

EFHR’s lectures in schools

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…

Discrimination in advertised vacancies

Much of the time, it seems that we give very little thought to vacancy notices on the internet or in the press which are discriminatory on the grounds of nationality, gender, family or social situation, religion, language or political convictions. In its annual report to the European Network against Racism, the Lithuanian Centre for Human…

The discussion concerning unusual spelling of names and surnames

On September 13th 2014 the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) representative, Ewelina Baliko, participated in radio discussion concerning the spelling of names and surnames in the documents of Lithuanian citizens. The discussion was held in Lithuanian Radio and Television (LRT). The EFHR representative talked about examples of cases related to this topic which are…

Lithuanian women’s rights in a CEDAW report

The international community has been observing the issue of worldwide protection of women’s rights with increasing interest. Such a conclusion can be drawn when considering the recently improved frequency of presenting various reports and communications from organizations directly concerned with this issue. In July 2014, the United Nation also paid more attention to this particular…

Original spelling of names and surnames is a problem for all Lithuanian citizens

The Right to the original spelling of name and surname constitutes one of the core rights of every citizen. The possibility of proper usage of the law and respecting it should be unconditionally provided by each and every country. The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) would like to remind all that the European Court of…

EFHR report on implementation of human rights in Lithuania in 2012-2013

On the 24th July 2014, representatives of the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) presented a report: ”Implementation of human rights in Lithuania 2012-2013 (Lithuanian National Minorities’ Rights)”. It was presented during a press conference for the biggest press agency of the Baltic countries ”Baltic News Service”. While preparing the report, EFHR aimed at cross-sectoral…

Foreign personal names will be able to be adjusted to the original spelling

On the 15th July 2014, in the 1st reading at the Seimas, two projects related to the Law on the Spelling of Surnames in the  Identity Documents of the Lithuanian Citizens were accepted. It is hoped that these will be beneficial not only for the members of national minorities urging to be able to regain the original spelling…

SCLL is not against the original spelling of forenames and surnames

In April of this year the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) appealed to the State Commission for Lithuanian Language (SCLL, Valstybinė lietuvių kalbos komisija), whose function is the formation of guidelines in relation to state language policy, introducing arguments for accepting proper legal regulations concerning the issue of the spelling of forenames and surnames. Also,…

EFHR invites you to enter our short stories competition!

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…

Cyber crimes give rise to criminal liability

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…

Another EFHR and Trakai Secondary School success

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) is glad to report on another court case victory thanks to legal aid provided by the foundation in the preparation of a defense claim. The case concerned a member of the representational committee of the Secondary School in Trakai who had allegedly violated Lithuanian administrative law by organizing a…

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

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…

Alternative NGO Report on Lithuania’s Implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

The European Foundation of Human Rights’ (EFHR) alternative report aims to highlight the protection of minorities since Lithuania’s ratification of the Framework Convention for the Protection of the Rights of National Minorities (the ‘FCNM’) on 17 February 2000 (the treaty came into force in Lithuania on 1 July 2000). This report also provides data and documents that might…

Success of the High School in Trakai

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) is glad to announce the decision adopted on May 15 by the Council of Local Region to grant the Polish minority High School in Trakai accreditation. We have previously reported the earlier steps taken by the school authorities and EFHR. EFHR is pleased that the issue of failure…

Original spelling of surnames should be regulated legally

The issue of the original spelling of forenames and surnames in passports and identity cards still remains one of the most controversial topics, and one regularly covered by media outlets. On the 1st and the 10th of April this year in the Lithuanian Seimas two projects concerning the spelling of forenames and surnames were registered. The…