January

Deprivation of liberty for an internet comment

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) welcomes another court order issued against the author of an offensive comment on the grounds of motions filed by EFHR to the Prosecutor General’s Office. The Court of Alytus district municipality (Alytaus rajono apylinkės teismas) issued a court order against an inhabitant of this district (S.Š) for the incitement…

2013/01/03

New year – new victories

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) began 2013 by winning a cyberspace hate speech case. The Foundation spotted that a citizen of Šiauliai, G.D, had written a discriminatory comment inciting violence. On www.lrytas.lt website, under an article titled “Members of the European Parliament applied to the EU leaders for the protection of Polish minority…

2013/01/25
February

Anti-Hate Speech Movement Training

The Department of Youth of the Council of Europe would like to invite all young internet activists interested in cases of human rights violations, violence in general, aggression, discrimination and racism to apply for participation in a series of free training courses that are set to take place between February 2013 and March 2014 in…

2013/02/06
April

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…

2013/04/29
May

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…

2013/05/08

Europe Day Celebration

Every year on the 9th of May we celebrate Europe Day. And this year was no exception. The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) organized a trip to Vilnius city centre (Łuskiski plac), in order to celebrate this day. We set up a stall, which attracted the attention of many passersby, including tourists and Vilnius…

2013/05/20
June

A new member in EFHR

European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) is happy to introduce its new team member. Viktoria Kvilitaja has started a half a year lasting Leonardo da Vinci programme, funded by the European Union, which aims at supporting greater working mobility of students within Europe and at encouraging young people to gain new knowledge and skills and,…

2013/06/13

EFHR’s workshops at schools in May

The lectures were given by dr. Łukasz Wardyn – an expert in international law dealing with issues connected to human rights and national minorities. During the lectures, key issues, such as the notion of democracy and its faces in the today’s world, the importance of election and voting and of being an active citizen were…

2013/06/14

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…

2013/06/26
July

„Second Step“ in Moldova

In the beginning of June European Foundation of Human Rights participated in “Second Step” organized by Danish United Nations Association in Moldova, “country of Miracles”.  Promoters from Romania, Georgia, Denmark, Lithuania, Ukraine, and Moldova were invited to attend a 10 – days training, based on non – formal learning, which objectives were to strengthen democracy…

2013/07/03

The European Foundation of Human Rights is happy to rpesent a new member

Mark Siavris is a student of law at the Warsaw University. Living in Poland, he works actively for the Polish minotiry in Lithuania under the aegis of the Memoriae Fidelis association. In his opinion, „working in the Foundation is a great professional experience but also life experience. Since now, I am really close to important…

2013/07/04

Free training on International Human Rights!

The European Foundation of Human Rights is pleased to invite You to International Human Rights Training on 5- 6thof August 2013, during which participants will have the opportunity to deepen their practical and theoretical knowledge on European and International Human Rights law. During the training case law from European Court of Human Rights and Court…

2013/07/26
August

International Human Rights Training is over

The International Human Rights Training, organised by the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) and held in English, finished on August 6. The training was conducted by prominent law experts: dr Fernand de Varenness, dr Elżbieta Kuzborska, and dr Łukasz Wardyn. During the training, which took place on August 5 and 6, 2013, the participants…

2013/08/06

Tomaš Jenkelevič joins EFHR

We are pleased to inform you that in July Tomaš Jenkelevič joined the team of the European Foundation of Human Rights. Tomaš comes from Vilnius and is presently a third-year student of Political Science at Warsaw University. As a student, Tomaš tries to acquire knowledge both at university and in practice. Tomaš has won several…

2013/08/09

The EFHR in Medininkai

The historical gala “Odyssey of Soldier” was held in Medininkai on 11th August in order to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the January Uprising of 1863. In connection with this, the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) organized the trip do the Medininkai Culture Centre in order to celebrate this special day and to acquaint…

2013/08/13

The European Foundation of Human Rights receives the training in the Netherlands

Tomasz Prądzyński, the trainee of the European Foundation of the Human Rights (EFHR), had the honour of representing our Foundation in the 5th International Training SpeakOut 2013, held by the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organisation (UNPO) in Leiden and the Hague in the Netherlands in the second week of August. The conference aimed at gathering…

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…

2013/08/14

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…

2013/08/15
September

EFHR trip campaign coming to an end

The European Foundation of Human Rights’ two-week campaign of trips has come to an end on last Saturday on the Vilnius City Hall square. Between the 21st and the 31st of August, EFHR’s officials represented the Foundation in towns and villages of the Vilnius region, on a daily basis. The inhabitants of Nemenčinė, Bezdonys, Trakai,…

2013/09/01

Free trainings for teachers of social studies!

We would like to invite teachers from the Polish schools to take part in implementation of the innovative educational project called “Europeans, Poles, Citizens”. The aim of the project is to implement the new curriculum of teaching social studies that would shape the attitude of citizenship among the youth in Lithuania. In 2012, with the…

2013/09/03

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…

2013/09/10

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…

2013/09/11

Lectures on human rights in Polish schools

The traditional free trainings on human rights, organized by the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) in Polish schools in Lithuania, are over. Knowledge about society and human rights were deepened by the students of the 7 Polish schools both in Vilnius, and in the Vilnius district. The lecturers were given in the secondary school…

2013/09/13

Trainings for teachers have come to an end

Between the 6th – 7th, and 13th – 14th September in the headquarter of the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR), there were the free trainings for the teachers of history and social studies from the Polish schools in Lithuania carried out. The trainings were organized by EFHR within implementing the innovative educational project “Europeans,…

2013/09/14
October

Last summer excursions of EFHR this year

On September 28, Pikeliškės held the 18th harvest festival of Vilnius District Municipality. Therefore, the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) organized a trip to Pikeliškės next to the former residence of Marshal Józef Piłsudski to celebrate this holiday and introduce the inhabitants of Pikeliškės to its activity. The very next day (29th of September),…

2013/10/01

New EFHR trainee

Irena Klimowa, a new trainee at the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR), comes from Moldova and is currently doing a Ph.D. at the Institute of Political Science of the Jagiellonian University in Cracow. She has been long interested in questions such as nationalism, multiculturalism, models of immigrant integration, and gender studies. She is also…

2013/10/02
November

EFHR for the third time participated in a conference organised by UNITED

Between October 25th and 30th, 2013, another conference of UNITED took place in Prague. Its topic was “Wipe Out Hate! UNITED in Solidarity.” It was already the third UNITED conference to which the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) was invited. This time a particular attention was paid to populism and the upcoming elections to…

2013/11/07

EFHR promoting an International Day Against Discrimination

On 9th of November, an International Day against Discrimination and an International Day Against Fascism and Antisemitism was honored. European Foundation for Human Rights (EFHR ) organized some activities to support an international campaign against discrimination promoted by UNITED. Due to a large number of cases of national discrimination in the whole country, it is…

2013/11/11

Lectures on human rights being continued at schools

Between 11th and 13th November 2013 on the initiative of European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) next series of lectures on human rights issues took place. This time the lectures were given by two experts on human rights, namely PhD Laura Koba and professor Wiesław Wacławczyk. The lectures were addressed to the children from primary…

2013/11/13

EFHR at international conference „Combating hate crime in the EU”

The Conference of Fundamental Rights was organised within the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. This year’s edition entitled „Combating hate crime in the EU” took place on 12th and 13th November in Vilnius. Over 400 participants, including experts in the field of international law, representatives of European Union offices and institution,…

2013/11/14

Cooperation with Swedish organization established

During the international conference UNITED ‘ Rethinking diversity’ in May this year the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) has established cooperation with the Swedish organization Uppsala Antidiscrimination Office (Diskrimineringsbyrån Uppsala), in order to exchange experience. The meeting of a lawyer assistant Ewelina Baliko, who represented EFHR, with the representatives of the Swedish organization Uppsala Anti-Discrimination…

2013/11/26
December

New trainee of the European Foundation of Human Rights

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) is happy to present Julio Tavares as a new intern. Julio came from Portugal and he is here for a six month internship within a European Commission funding programme – Erasmus student placement. Julio has graduated from the Polytechnic Institute of Bragança (a Portuguese Higher Education Public Institution),…

2013/12/01

Artists sing about patriotism – an occasion to talk about human rights

On November 30, well-known female singers from Poland performed at the House of Polish Culture in Vilnius, to celebrate the Polish Culture Days. The concert formed a part of the ‘Cursed Girls’ music project, and artists sang about the post-war fates of men and women of the Polish resistance movement. The European Foundation of Human…

2013/12/03

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…

2013/12/07

Welcome to the grand final of the EFHR competition!

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) cordially invites all participants of the project ‘Europeans, Poles, Citizens’ and the participants of the competition for children  ‘How do you understand Human Rights?’, together with their parents, teachers and friends for the gala, which will be held on December 21, 2013 at 13:00 in the hall of…

2013/12/14

EFHR invites for a free training!

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) is pleased to invite you to an International Human Rights Training Session on 19th and 20th of December 2013, during which participants will have the opportunity to deepen their practical and theoretical knowledge of European and International Human Rights law. The training is provided by human rights expert Dr Fernand…

EFHR enters into cooperation with the University of Applied Social Sciences in Lithuania

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) and the University of Applied Social Sciences (SMK) have signed an agreement on cooperation in the field of education, local partnership and scientific research. The SMK has been notably present on the Lithuanian stage for 18 years. Its close cooperation with businesses and local partners has brought benefits…

2013/12/16

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…

2013/12/18

EFHR marks the International Human Rights Day with a training

To mark the International Human Rights Day, on December 19 and 20 the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) held an open lecture and training in the field of human rights and international law. The training was given by a distinguished lawyer and expert in international law, professor Fernand de Varenness. During the lecture, which…

2013/12/21

Final Ceremony of EFHR Competitions

On December 21, a final gala of a student competition entitled ‘How do you understand Human Rights?’ and a summary of the project ‘The Europeans, Poles, Citizens’, organised by the European Foundation of Human Rights (ECHR) was held in the aula of a Runmis hotel. Implementation of the project the ‘Europeans, Poles, Citizens’, addressed to…

2013/12/22