January

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…

2014/01/21

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…

2014/01/29
February

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…

2014/02/05

New intern in EFHR

Paweł Gołoburda, a fourth year Law student at the University of Applied Social Sciences (UASS), has started an internship at EFHR. He is the first trainee from UASS, which has recently entered into a cooperation with EFHR. During his studies, he has often encountered problems related to human rights issues and now he has decided to put…

2014/02/10

EFHR at the “We Together” charity concert

The charity concert „We Together” took place on 23rd February at the House of Polish Culture. A lot of national minority bands performed at the concert, inter alia Polski Zespół Pieśni “Tumelianka” (Polish Band of Songs “Tumelianka”), Rosyjski Zespół Folklorystyczny “Bylina” (Russian Folkloristic Band “Bylina”), Białoruski Zepsół Folklorystyczny “Switanak” (Belorussian Folkloristic Band “Switanak”) and many…

2014/02/25
March

EFHR at the ceremony of Mickūnai’s Day

Mickūnai’s Day was celebrated on 2nd March 2014 in Mickūnai. The arms and the flag were sanctified at the ceremony. The European Foundation of Human Rights organized the trip to Mickūnai to allow everyone there to become familiar with EFHR, inform residents about human rights and discrimination, as well as answer questions related to legal issues.…

2014/03/03

EFHR taking part in a project in support of Social Cohesion

We are glad to announce that the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) has qualified for participation in the international one year project for the support of social cohesion „Exercising our Rights!- Developing new tools in support of Social Cohesion”. All the activities and tools developed will be in the scope of such thematic areas…

2014/03/13

EFHR lecture for German students

On March 15 2014, the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) organized a lecture about the situation of national minorities in Lithuania. The lecture was addressed to 20 students and 2 teachers from Chemnitz University of Technology in Germany. The students of the European study programme have a project about national minorities in Lithuania and…

2014/03/17

Educational session in Budapest

From the 16th to the 23rd of March the international educational session ‘ Be active, be open, be YPA!’ in the European Centre of Youth in Budapest took place. It was organized by the Youth Peace Ambassadors Network in collaboration with the Youth Division of the Council of Europe. Dorota  Skoczyk, our EFHR representative,   took…

2014/03/30

A New movie of Council of Europe

The Council of Europe, the organization working on the promotion and protection of human rights, democracy, the rule of law and cooperation between all EU member countries, has made a film about its activities. The film reveals that the Council of Europe (CE) acts to improve the quality of life of over 800 million people living…

2014/03/31
April

EFHR is a member of the Lithuanian Association of Responsible Business (LAVA)

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) would like to announce that it has become a member of the Lithuanian Association of Responsible Business (Lietuvos atsakingo verslo asociacija, LAVA). LAVA is an extension of the activity of NAVĮT (Nacionalinio atsakingo verslo įmonių tinklo (NAVĮT),  or the National Network of Enterprises, conducting responsible business activities. The…

2014/04/02

EFHR at the International Academic Conference

On 9th April the international academic conference entitled  „The home Europe: European political thought and the challenges of the XXI Century“, took place. The event was organized by the Polish Association For Political Thought [Polskie Towarzystwo Myśli Politycznej] and the Association of Scientist Poles of Lithuania [Stowarzyszenie Naukowców Polaków Litwy]. Considering the current topics that…

2014/04/09

Charity campaign for orphanages organized by EFHR

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) is very glad that we had an opportunity to wage a charity campaign in the orphanages in Vilnius and in the Vilnius region. During the Easter holidays, EFHR representatives visited children from orphanages in Šalčininkai, Pabradė, Nemenčinė and Antakalnis. The children received gifts paid for by private donors. The heads of…

2014/04/26
May

EFHR invited for a speech at the International School of Law and Business

The International School of Law and Business (ISLB) under its Erasmus Intensive Programme entitled “Security, Human rights and Democratization/Globalization: New Challenges for the European Union” invited the European Foundation of Human Rights to give a speech about human and national minority rights on April 30 2014 . The EFHR was represented by its intern, Júlio…

2014/05/02

The latest report concerning racism and discrimination on the Lithuanian labour market

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) invites everyone to familiarize themselves with the latest report of the European Network Against Racism (ENAR) regarding the years 2012-2013, and published in May 2014. It is the account concerning “Racism and Related Discriminatory Practices in Employment in Lithuania”. The statement was prepared by Birutė Sabatauskaitė and Eglė Urbonaitė…

2014/05/12

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…

2014/05/15

EFHR representative at UNOY training

On April 28th to May 3rd in the Hague (the Netherlands) the “Storytelling for peace” workshop took place during which participants had an opportunity to master their storytelling skills in order to build world peace. Dorota Skoczyk, a representative of the European Foundation of Human Rights, also took part in the workshop. Its aim was…

2014/05/19

Samir Safarli – New EFHR trainee

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) is glad to introduce you to our new intern, Samir Safarli, who comes from Azerbaijan. For the last two years Samir has been studying international law at the International School of Law and Business in Vilnius. Samir has always been interested in human rights as they are the essence…

2014/05/24

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…

2014/05/26

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…

2014/05/29

EFHR has became a member of ENAR

The European Foundation of Human Rights is pleased to inform you that its request to become a member of ENAR (European Network Against Racism) has been approved. ENAR is the European anti-racist network that advocates for racial equality as well as facilitating cooperation between civil society. The organization was founded in 1998. Its mission was to cause changes…

2014/05/31
June

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…

2014/06/02

Series of training seminars for orphanage workers concludes

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) would like to announce the conclusion of a series of training seminars for workers at children’s homes in Šalčininkai and Pabradė. EFHR cooperates with children’s homes by organizing lectures on human rights, holding charity campaigns for the children, and recruiting volunteers to work at children’s homes. Starting at the…

2014/06/09

EFHR invites you to a free training session!

On June 19th 2014, the European Foundation of Human Rights would like to invite you to a free training seminar, „Human Rights Litigation: Using International and European Mechanisms”. Members of vulnerable groups in society such as women, minorities, immigrants and individuals with disabilities must at times use litigation as a tool to ensure the protection of some…

2014/06/11

Immense interest in the latest EFHR training on human rights

On June 19, 2014, the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) organized another training session on human rights and international law. The training was provided by lawyer and leading expert on international law Dr. Fernand de Varennes. The seminar “Human Rights Litigation: Using International and European Mechanisms” was concerned with employment of international and European legal mechanisms…

2014/06/19

EFHR representatives at the Culture Night festival

From 20 to 21 of June 2014, everyone in Vilnius could participate in over 200 varied projects and events at the Culture Night festival (“Kultūros naktis”). This year, the Polish Cultural Centre (DKP) in Vilnius joined the event for the first time. The DKP part of the festival started with the play Zapiski oficera Armii…

2014/06/23

EFHR at the St John’s ceremony in Rudamina

On June 23th the Multifunctional Cultural Centre in Rudamina organized St John’s celebrations. According to the organizers the celebration was attended by about 3, 000 people. Bands and performers from all over the Vilnius region, foreign guests and the municipal authorities participated in the event. Pleased by the opportunity to attend, representatives of the European Foundation of…

2014/06/25

EFHR at the ENAR Conference

A conference titled “European Anti-Racist Convention: Setting the Movement in Motion!”, held by the European Network Against Racism (ENAR), took place in Brussels on 20-21 June 2014. The conference was attended by over 100 participants from across the European Union (EU) including international law experts, representatives of EU institutions and bodies, and non-governmental organizations. This…

2014/06/26
July

EFHR celebrates the 70th anniversary of ”The Gate of Dawn” military operation

Between the 6th and 13th of July, the 70th anniversary of ”The Gate of Dawn” military operation was held in Vilnius. On Sunday the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) took the opportunity to meet historically-important people and guests of the House of Polish Culture, with Jerzy Karpowicz’s photographic exhibition ”Places of National Memory within…

2014/07/06

XXVI Touristic Rally of Poles in Lithuania is over

This year, the annual Touristic Rally of Poles in Lithuania took place on the 5th and 6th  of July in the’ ‘Azuolyne” amusement park of  Trakai District Municipality. The European Foundation of Human Rights’ (EFHR) members also attended the event to inform the participants about the Foundation’s activities as well as about the free legal…

2014/07/07

New trainee at the European Foundation of Human Rights

Beata Bielawska is a second year student of International Relations at Jagiellonian University in Krakow. The course covers many topics, but the subject of human rights is a major part of the programme, which is the reason why Beata is familiar with human rights laws and issues. Beata tries to gain knowledge not only from her studies but also from…

2014/07/08

Take part in an international competition!

Join us to speak out against hate speech! Enter an international photo competition devoted to the European Day of Action against Islamophobia and Religious Intolerance, which will take place on  the 21th September 2014. Everyone interested can enter the competition by sending their photos connected with religious diversity and tolerance. The winner will be awarded with a 300 Euros shopping…

2014/07/14

New trainee at the European Foundation of Human Rights

Ania Książczak is a 5th year’s law student at Mikołaj Kopernik University in Toruń. Among her subjects of interest are human rights, international law and EU law. Her greatest achievement as a student was her participation in the 5th World Human Rights Moot Court and going to RSA to the final of this contest. Apart from her studies, Ania…

2014/07/16

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…

2014/07/25

EFHR launches a new project with Erasmus +

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) would like to announce that the project “Youth for Human Rights”, submitted by the Foundation as part of the promotional campaign “Youth mobility” in the programme Erasmus +, has been accepted. The competition was tough, because the contest was entered by 116 organizations operating in Lithuania. EFHR managed to…

2014/07/29

EFHR lecture at the Summer Forum

On July 28 2014 in Sudeikiai, the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) had the honour to give a lecture at the 5-day celebration of the Students Association in Lithuania – “Summer Forum ’14, Colourful day – Significant tomorrow”. At the meeting, volunteers, the deputy mayor of Utena, Mr Vidmantas Valinčius, and guests of students…

2014/07/31
August

EFHR workshops on human rights

On the 12th August 2014, representatives of the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) visited a scout camp  in Geišiškės, entitled ”1440 moments of the day”, during which workshops on human rights were organized. Girl scouts between the age of 11 and 17 from ”Silva” and ”Delta” teams took part in the workshops. Young people…

2014/08/14

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…

2014/08/18

EFHR celebrated the Polish Army Holiday in Miedniki

On 17th July 2014, representatives of the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) took part in the celebrations of the Polish Army Holiday in the Vilnius Region, entitled ”Oddysey of a Polish Soldier”, and held in Miedniki. During the celebrations, not only did EFHR have the opportunity to watch a performance  prepared by  the Vilnius…

2014/08/20

EFHR at Youth Catholic Days

The Youth’s Catholic Days (YCD), held in Šumskas between August 22nd and August 24th, were one of the last events of the summer for the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR). Information about previous EFHR trips is available in our event-calendar. This was our second trip of the summer where most of the participants were young people. Hence,…

2014/08/25
September

The HREA educational platform

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) encourages you to take a look at the Human Rights Education Association (HREA) online platform which works to provide better understanding of issues related to human rights. The HREA online platform offers training for activists and specialists, preparation of educational materials and programmes and building community through online technology.…

2014/09/05

EFHR invites you to take part in a study on hate crimes in Lithuania

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) encourages you to fill out the questionnaire on hate crimes committed in Lithuania in 2013. The study is addressed to natural persons belonging to national minorities, religious minorities, people who are migrants, stateless persons or people of different nationality who lived in Lithuania in 2013. Your answers will…

2014/09/09

Charm yourself online!

Charm yourself online! – is a new online course addressed to young workers and trainees of different kinds of associations which deal with the development of human rights. The main goal of this course is to improve theoretical knowledge about human rights violations in the modern world, as well as about issues which are still…

2014/09/10

EFHR invites youths to take part in the „Jesteśmy podobni” competition

„Jesteśmy podobni” project (lit. „We are alike”) is addressed to 9-12 graders in Polish and Lithuanian schools. The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) project, began in the spring of this year, consists of two parts: an art competition for youths and a cycle of integration meetings for students. „Jesteśmy podobni” project aims at improving  the social…

2014/09/11

EFHR in Polish and Lithuanian schools

The new school year has begun and the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) has launched new initiatives to address pupils and students. On 15th September representatives from the Foundation started an intensive series of meetings in schools in Vilnius where children are taught in Lithuanian. The aim of the training is raising the awareness…

2014/09/19

EFHR representatives in the media

EFHR’s activity receives wide coverage in the media not only in Lithuania, but also abroad. Information about human rights and about our activities spreads thanks to interviews, numerous press releases and other information presented on the Foundation’s website and in the media. In May 2014 EFHR representatives actively addressed, via the press and television, the issue…

2014/09/29
October

Polish media in English – we have already translated over 2000 articles!

We are extremely pleased to inform you that on the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) website there are already 2000 articles translated into English. These articles are concerned with the current and most relevant events taking place in Lithuania as well as with the life of national minorities living there. Articles originate from Polish…

2014/10/01

The „We are similar” competition is reaching its end

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) would like to inform you that the deadline for submitting works for the “We are similar” competition (Esame panašūs), organized for the pupils and students of Lithuanian and Polish schools, was 30th September 2014. The project aimed at strengthening social integration of the Polish national minority living in Lithuania,…

2014/10/02

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…

2014/10/06

New trainee at the European Foundation of Human Rights

Hungarian Izabella Vajda is a recent graduate from the Paris Institute of Political Sciences (Sciences Po Paris) where she studied European and International Law. Throughout her university education, Izabella has been interested in national minority rights and minority related issues. After her graduation, she worked at the Permanent Representation of Hungary to the European Union…

2014/10/11

Meeting with OSCE expert on national minorities at the EFHR HQ

On 13th October 2014 the expert on national minorities, Veronika Kristikove OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe), visited the EFHR HQ. During the meeting the OSCE expert initiated a discussion regarding problems which national minorities in Lithuania have to face, like spelling of names and surnames, bilingual topographical names and the education of…

2014/10/13

Winners of the “We are all alike” competition have been selected!

We are happy to inform you that winners of the competition held as a part of the “We are all alike” project aimed at young people from Polish and Lithuanian schools (years 9-12) have been selected. All the works we received can be admired on our web gallery. The choice was not easy to make.…

2014/10/15

A new European Foundation of Human Rights team member

Magdalena Gryciuk is a lawyer. She has worked with a number of international organizations in the field of project management and legal aid. In her work she always has in mind the Latin aphorism Ius est ars boni et aequi, meaning the law is the art of goodness and equity. She is particularly interested in international…

2014/10/26

The participants of the human rights project visited EFHR

On 28.10.2014 in the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR), there was a meeting with 25 participants of the international human rights project organized by Youth EPICenter. Participants of the meeting, coming from places as far and wide as Croatia, Latvia, Macedonia, Great Britain and Italy, listened to a lecture titled “EFHR as a leading non-governmental…

2014/10/29
November

The awards gala for participants of the “We are all alike” competition

The “We are all alike” EFHR project has come to an end. On 31st October 2014, at the foundation headquarters, the awards gala for all of the participants of the “We are all alike” competition was held. This was following the “We are all alike” project. Read more about it here. We received 32 works…

2014/11/03

EFHR starts a new initiative on the radio

On the 17th of November of this year, a new initiative of the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) will begin – a series of radio programmes about human rights. The project “EFHR consults” is designed to increase knowledge of human and national minority rights for listeners of the Polish radio “Znad Wilii”. The aims of the project…

2014/11/17

EFHR invites you to free training on human rights!

On December 3rd 2014, the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) would like you to come to  a free training seminar on human rights entitled: “How to Balance National Law and International Law: Theory and Practice”. During the seminars, one of the world’s leading experts on human rights, Fernand de Varennes, Ph.D will try to…

2014/11/18

A new competition for students – join in!

On the occasion of Universal Children’s Day, celebrated on 20th November, and of 55th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of the Rights of the Child and 25th anniversary of the enacting of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) is happy to announce an art contest…

2014/11/19

International conference on Human Rights in Poland

The international scientific conference entitled „The principle of proportionality and Human and Civil Rights in the legal systems of the EU Member States” took place on the 14th-15th of November, in Walbrzych, Poland. The event was organized by the Angelus Silesius State School of Higher Vocational Education of Walbrzych. The objective of the seminar was…

2014/11/24
December

EFHR at the The Polish Culture Days

On 28-30th November 2014, in the House of Polish Culture in Vilnius, The Polish Culture Days were held. The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) played an active role in these activities. Several hundred people attended The Polish Cultural Days. During the celebration people like Alice Węgorzewska, Barry Manilow and the group “Army of Children” attended. The exhibition “John Paul II -Polonia Semper Fidelis” was also running at the same time. At the EFHR stand educational materials,…

2014/12/01

Record-breaking number of participants at EFHR’s training!

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) had the honour of hosting the training seminar “How to Balance National Law and International Law: Theory and Practice” on December 3rd, 2014. The seminar was chaired by Fernand de Varennes, one of the world’s leading experts on human rights. During the training session participants discussed practical issues of…

2014/12/03

EFHR has conducted workshops on human rights in Polish schools

The European Foundation of Human Rights  (EFHR) would lke to inform you about our workshops on the international protection of human rights  which took place from November 26th tol December 3rd in five schools in Vilnius and the Vilnius Region. October saw the last cycle of workshops at schools – 15 workshops were prepared for over 500 students.…

2014/12/05

International Volunteer Day

On December 5th, 2014 we celebrated International Volunteer Day. On that occasion, Saltes organization hosted an event in Vilnius centre. Our EFHR Erasmus+ volunteer also took part in the event. The main purpose of the event was to promote volunteering. The volunteers of European Voluntary Organization promoted and informed Vilnius citizens about the variety of…

2014/12/10

New trainee of the EFHR

Konrad Oleszczuk is a University of Warsaw graduate student with a M.A. in Law and a B.A in Liberal Arts. He has also participated in student exchange programmes at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark and Indiana University in Bloomington, USA. Moreover, he has graduated from a one-year programme of American Law co-organized by the University of…

2014/12/12

International Human Rights Day at Mykolas Romeris University

On the 10th of December, representatives of Amnesty International (AI), the International Student Association (ISA) of Mykolas Romeris University and the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) co-organized an International Human Rights Day at Mykolas Romeris University to honour the 66th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the United Nations General…

2014/12/13

Another successful year in terms of raising awareness about human rights!

Once again, the year 2014 turned out to be very productive with a lot of trainings organized by European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR). Their topic concerned broadly defined both human and civil rights and liberties. EFHR realizes how serious and important the issue of human rights is and how little society knows about it…

2014/12/29