Restriction of liberty for 17 hateful comments

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…

Forced surname change at 11 years of age

On the June 2004 a child was born into a family in Lithuania. This child was given the original surname of his father – which includes the letter q. The original surname of the child did not cause any problems when issuing the birth certificate and the passport of the Republic of Lithuania in 2004.…

Internet commentators still help to fill the national budget

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…

Another EFHR success in fighting hate speech

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.…

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…

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…

EFHR helps in a case of discrimination on the grounds of age and nationality in a kindergarten

Following a request from the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR), the Lithuanian Ombudsman for Equal Opportunities (Lygių galimybių kontrolieriaus tarnyba) administered a rebuke to a kindergarten headmistress who discriminated against an employee on the grounds of her age and nationality. Moreover, the Ombudsman asked the local authorities of Vilnius to reconsider the headmistress’s qualifications to…

EFHR wins almost 30,000 litas in compensation

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) has won almost 30,000 litas in compensation from the State Social Insurance Fund Board (Valstybinio socialinio draudimo fondas, ”Sodra”). A citizen of Lithuania, A. B., applied to a territorial office of the State Social Insurance Fund Board for special working conditions benefit, having worked as an electric arc…

EFHR has made legal punishments for offensive comments becoming a standard procedure

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) is overjoyed with another success and another case won. Vilnius City District Court (Vilniaus miesto apylinkės teismas) issued a writ concerning another offensive comment written under an article published online by a Lithuanian citizen, Romualdas R, in which he compared Poles to “gays”. The comment by Mr Romualdas…

The Inspector of Journalist Ethics has accepted EFHR’s argumentation about the publication in the newspaper “Kurier Wileński”

On 21st November, 2013 the Inspector of Journalist Ethics (Žurnalistų Etikos Inspektorius) issued a decision about a complaint of Kazimieras Garšva referring to the information in the article entitled “Sajūdis – transformacja legendy” (“Sajūdis – the transformation of a legend”) which was published in “Kurier Wileński”. The Inspector decided that the complaint filed by the…

A pecuniary fine for two derogatory comments

Another sentence of the court for the author of an offending commentary published on the Internet proves that even the anonymously made offenses can lead to serious consequences. Commonly known freedom of speech had its limits, as in the case of offenses given publicly. The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) campaign against abusive comments…

www.lrytas.lt editorial office amends article following EFHR claim

On the 30th of July 2013 webpage lrytas.lt (www.lrytas.lt) has posted an article titled “J. Panka brave against gay men, but not against Polish hooligans”, in which the potential behaviour of polish football club Lech Poznań supporters and the members of the Lithuanian Nationalist Youths Association before the second round of UEFA Europa League match…

Encouraging physical violence still taking place in the cyberspace?

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…

The EFHR wins two cases against the SKVC

After several months of a lively correspondence, The Centre for Quality Assessment in Higher Education (SKVC – Studijų kokybės vertinimo centras) acknowledged the arguments of the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR), which referred to recognize the validity of the academic degree. Two graduates faced the problem of rejection of official recognition of their foreign…

A comment on Facebook can also be liable to a penalty

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) has received a notification concerning the fact that the author of an insulting comment was ordered the injunction on the basis of the application submitted to the General Prosecutor’s Office. The district court of Vilnius (Vilniaus miesto apylinkės teismas) required the injunction for Saulius Ž. for the public…

EFHR still fights hate speech in the Internet

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) has received information about one more criminal order being issued for the author of an offensive comment, based on the Foundation’s applications directed to the General Prosecutor’s Office. The court of the Skuodo district (Skuodo rajono apylinkės teismas) has issued the third criminal order for A.V. for public…

Court admits that EFHR is right in argument with Equal Treatment Controller’s Service

The decision of the Equal Treatment Controller’s Service (ETCS) is contradictory to its aims and tasks. Therefore, in an obvious way, it has violated its competence. This is what results from the decision of the District Administrative Court in Vilnius, taken on May 6th 2013. Thus, the Court has positively considered the complaint sent by…

Another success of EFHR – 3 criminal cases won

The freedom of speech is guaranteed in the legal system of each democratic country and in international documents. However, some limitations are often imposed on it, like for instance in the case of offending other people publically. The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR), in its fight against offensive comments in the Internet succeeds more…