January

EFHR fights with discrimination in electronic space

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…

2017/01/02

Increase of the criminal liability for discrimination in the workplace

Office of the Equal Opportunities Ombudsperson announces that the Code of Administrative Offences entering into force starting from January 1st this year replaces the Administrative Delinquency Code. In the new code the amount of the penalties for violations of the principle of equal rights for women and men and equality of opportunity has been increased.…

2017/01/10

Lithuanian’s year in the European Court of Human Rights

European Court of Human Rights (hereinafter “the Court”) in Strasbourg is one of the core bodies of the Council of Europe framework. The Court functions as a last option defender of human rights recognised in the European Convention of Human Rights. Every individual can address his/her case to the Court if he/she thinks that his/her…

2017/01/17

EVS vacancy in Poland! Volunteering for YOUTH

The European Voluntary Service (EVS) project is supposed to seek  for development and promotion of local and European volunteering in the city of Kielce and its region through participation in a local project for youth development and  initiatives “Bus Stop for Youth”. The project is  looking for volunteers from Germany, Estonia and Lithuania. Dates of…

2017/01/24
February

New achievement in the case of proper names spelling

On 3 February, 2017 the district court of Kaišiadoriai obligated the Civil Registry office (municipality’s administration) of the area of Kaišiadoriai to issue a new marriage certificate which includes the letter ‘w’. During the analysis of the case, the court considered the clarifying of the Court of Justice of the European Union and factual circumstances…

2017/02/18

One more achievement in case of writing original surname

European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) is happy for the new achievement. On 2017 January 16 Vilnius Country Court obliged Vilnius City Register Office to change the surname of the petitioner by giving a new marriage certificate with the letter w in it. As the application states, Vilnius City Register Office’s refusal to change the…

2017/02/20

Another lecture by EFHR in Vilnius International School

On Tuesday, February 21st in the Vilnius International School Ewelina Baliko and Agnieszka Malinauskaitė – the representatives of the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) delivered a lecture devoted to human rights and hate speech (Human rights in daily life). At the beginning Agnieszka Malinauskaitė presented briefly the Foundation’s activities – free lawyer’s assistance to…

2017/02/21

Kaunas Regional Administrative Court said “yes” for “w”

On 23 February 2017 the Kaunas Regional Administrative Court referred to the case of the refusal to issue children with Lithuanian passports with the letter “w” in the Migration Office. The court ruled that Lithunian passports with the surname “Wade” must be issued to juveniles. The court acknowledged that petitioner’s family faces many problems. Documents…

2017/02/23

EFHR training at Kyviškės Primary School

On Monday, February 27th 2017, the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) was honored by invitation for the second time at the Kyviškės Primary School. Attorney’s assistant Ewelina Baliko, lawyer Leszek Jankowski and Agnieszka Malinauskaitė conducted training about the activities of the EFHR – opportunities for traineeship and volunteering, the phenomenon of hate speech, discrimination…

2017/02/27
March

Juridical nihilism continues – ‘x’ in documents issued by Lithuania

This week the Supreme Administrative Court of Lithuania issued two final rules on the spelling of proper names – in the cases of Jacquet and Mickiewicz the court obliged to incorporate in children’s passports their proper names in Lithuanian as well as in original language. This court’s decision created an ambiguous situation – the inscription…

2017/03/03

The final verdict – letter ‘w’ in identity card

Today the Supreme Administrative Court of Lithuania issued final and not debatable rule on the inscription of the letter ‘w’ in Lithuanian passport and identity card in the case of Wardyn. The surname of Wardyn is well known as one of the first families who started to fight for the original spelling of proper names…

2017/03/07

EFHR hosting a discussion ‘United or divided: racial discrimination in Lithuania’

On 23rd of March European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) organized a discussion called ‘United or divided: racial discrimination in Lithuania’. Agnieszka Malinauskaitė, the administrator of EFHR, introduced activities of the Foundation recalling about giving the unpaid legal support, about the campaign against hate speech and discrimination by cooperating with Equal Opportunities Ombudsman, organizing trainings…

2017/03/24
April

Trainings for students at the John Paul II Gymnasium

On 22nd, 24th and 31st of March representatives of European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) Leszek Jankowski and Ewelina Baliko delivered at the John Paul II Gymnasium in Vilnius. The purpose of this trainings was to familiarise young students about EFHR, possibilities of traineeship and volunteering, introduce youth to hate speech phenomenon and cases of…

2017/04/03

EFHR meeting NGO representatives as a part of fighting hate speech

On the 10th of April in NGO Avilys main office a meeting of NGO representatives took place to fight hate speech. National Institute for Social Integration (Nacionalinis socialinės integracijos institutas) was hosting the meeting. The meeting was attended by representatives of EFHR Agnieszka Malinauskait, Virginija Prasmickait, the representative of Civil Liberties Union for Europe Kristina…

2017/04/11

The letter “w” challenge – Parliament hesitates, and the courts are working

On April 11th 2017 Vilnius District Court passed another ruling on the writing of the letter “w” in the marriage certificate. The court stated that “the applicant has married a Polish citizen Bartłomiej Makarewicz and chose the name – Mušeikytė-Makarewicz”. In Poland it is identified as Mušeikytė-Makarewicz. For this reason, the refusal to register and…

2017/04/12

Continuation of the cooperation of EFHR and UNITED

On days 7-12 of April 2017, in a small Melnik town placed 30km from Prague (Czech Republic), a conference organized by UNITED called ‘Rewind Radicalization – building up strategies against extremism’. Leszek Jankowski was the representative of EFHR and spoke about radicalization process in Lithuania. One of the biggest problems in Europe is radicalization. Main…

2017/04/13
May

Petition on language rights of Poles in Lithuania in the radar of EP

On the 4th of May a meeting of Committee on Petitions of the European Parliament has been held, considering petition of Tomasz Snarski No 0358/2011 from 31st of March 2011, about language rights of Poles living in Lithuania, being supported by EFHR. The first examination of petition took place on the 24th of April 2012…

2017/05/03

EFHR trainings in Kaunas

On the 17th of May the lawyer of EFHR Leszek Jankowski carried out training course for the participants of ‘Make Love Speech’. The project aims to broaden the knowledge on intolerance, promote human rights and support ‘No hate speech’ in Lithuania. Representative of EFHR had a chance to introduce participants to current situation of hate…

2017/05/17

EFHR took part in international youth exchange ‘Let’s stop hate speech’

On days 21-29 of April in Wierzchosławice administrative district an international youth exchange ‘Let’s stop hate speech’ took place. Representatives of Poland, Lithuania, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Romania and Bulgaria participated in it. One of the aims was to answer the question, where is the border between freedom of speech and hate speech and how tolerant…

EFHR visiting the orphanage in Pabradė

On the 22nd of May 2017 representatives of EFHR Leszek Jankowski and Ewelina Baliko visited orphanage in Pabradė. Guests had chance to talk to kids and give them gifts. It has been first visit of EFHR after reorganization of educational care facilities, that is why meeting was a great chance to check the conditions kids…

2017/05/23

EFHR on the meeting with representatives of Facebook and Google

On the 23rd of May representatives of EFHR Leszek Jankowski and Ewelina Baliko took part in organized discussion by the Ministry of Justice, between representatives of media, IT, national institutions and representatives of society about stopping hate speech on social media. The meeting raised the subject of prevention, effectiveness, troubles caused because of content that…

Digital signature – also for EU citizens.

Citizen of Belgium and inhabitant of Lithuania turned for help to EFHR. Couple of years ago Migration Authorities issued a document allowing for permanent stay in Lithuania and allowing to use electronic services, like digital signature. Unfortunately, problems began when in 2015 Applicant’s ID has been changed into attestation – Mobile network operator canceled digital…

2017/05/24

The report of the Equal Opportunities Ombudsman on the year 2016

On 11 April 2017, the Equal Opportunities Ombudsman’s Office published the report on the year 2016, presenting the activity on fight against discrimination on grounds of gender, age, nationality, language, origin, religion, beliefs, race, sexual orientation or disability. In 2016, Equal Opportunities Ombudsman’s Office Conducted 89 inquiries with regard to age discrimination, while in 2015…

2017/05/30
June

EFHR in discussion on equality – how is it promoted by market titans?

On the 12th of June a discussion took place in Seimas ‘Companies promote equality and why should it be implemented’ in which participated the representative of EFHR Agnieszka Malinauskaite as well as representatives of various companies. The conference began with speech of deputy Aušrinė Armonaitė, the chairman of temporary council of women, Agneta Skardžiuvienė, Spokesman…

2017/06/12

EFHR discussing ‘Effective reaction to crimes on hatred grounds’

On the 15th of June representatives of EFHR Leszek Jankowski and Ewelina Dobrowolska participated in discussion ‘Effective reaction to crimes on hatred grounds’ organized by the Ministry of Internal Affairs. The meeting aimed to improve effectiveness of institutions and state organizations in liquidation of crimes on hatred grounds. The opening speech was done by the…

2017/06/16

EFHR welcomes a new trainee

Justyna Tupikowska is a second-year of economic-IT Department student of subsidiary of Białystok University in Vilnius studying European Studies. She wants to dedicate her Bachelor Thesis to human rights and political activity among young people. She hopes to bring into EFHR a lot from the scope of political and legal activity, especially in the area…

2017/06/19

New trainee in the Foundation

Jolanta Pilecka is a second-year student in subsidiary of Białystok University in Vilnius studying European Studies. International law and European fund. Her studies program includes subjects such as Political systems of European countries, protecting human rights and others. Besides this, she actively participates in university life. Internship in Vilnius is a great opportunity to make…

Justyna Marcel – a new trainee

Justyna Marcel is a second-year student of economic-IT  Department, of subsidiary of Białystok University in Vilnius studying European Studies. Justyna was not planing on continuing studies after finishing school straight away, but a new degree course and willing to get to know EU better has changed her plans. ‘Human rights in EU’ became her favorite…

EFHR’s trainings for the pupils from Ukraine in the Jozef Ignacy Kraszewski’s Secondary School in Vilnius.

27th June of this year, representative of European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR), Ewelina Dobrowolska and our trainee Justyna Tupikowska conducted the training in the Jozef Ignacy Kraszewski’s Secondary School in Vilnius. The participants of this trainings were student and teachers from Ukraine and representatives of Jozef Ignacy Kraszewski’s Secondary School. During trainings the participants…

2017/06/28
July

EFHR has a new intern from Turkey

Yaprak is a law student at the University of Strasbourg, France.  As a Turkish citizen who has been educated in French since the primary school, studying in France was the most logical choice for her. Since she is going to be a second-year law student in the next academic year, she will follow an academic…

2017/07/04

Anna Mitrowska: a new trainee at EFHR

Anna Mitrowska, who is undergoing traineeship at EFHR from the beginning of July to the end of August, is a student of the Faculty of Psychology at the University of Warsaw. The discipline which interests her the most is social psychology, especially relationships between groups: the subject of prejudice, conflicts, as well as the situation…

The EFHR invites to a discussion on traineeship and volunteering

The European Foundation of Human Rights organizes a discussion for the youth on traineeship and volunteering opportunities. The discussion will take place on Tuesday, 25 July and is entitled “Strategy for the future: how volunteering, traineeship and “Erasmus+” programme cultivate the multicultural generation”. The discussion participants will have a chance to learn directly from representatives…

2017/07/20

EFHR – the host of the discussion „Future strategy: how volunteering, interships and the “Erasmus+” Program educate the multicultural generation”

On July 25th 2017 The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) organized the discussion entitled “Future strategy: how volunteering, interships and the “Erasmus+” Program educate the multicultural generation”. The purpose of the discussion was to spread the positive factors of volunteering and to raise the interests of young people. The discussion took place at the…

2017/07/26

EFHR Tour to Civic Education Center

On Friday, July 28th. The team of European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) went to the Center for Civic Education (Valstybės pažinimo centras). The employees and the volunteers from EFHR: Leszek Jankowski, Agnieszka Malinauskaite, Alena Ruta, Jolanta Pilecka, Maciej Grześkowiak, Anna Mitrowska, Yaprak Boyacıoğlu and David Rodriguez Fernandez (EVS Volunteer) had a chance to learn…

2017/07/28
August

EFHR has a new EVS Volunteer from Spain.

Carmen is a Spanish new EVS volunteer who has studied Law and Political Science as undergraduate and Master’s in International Relations. She has been studying both in Spain and in Great Britain. Joining European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) and the project ‘Notice it! Human Rights in our daily life’ is a great opportunity to…

2017/08/02

The representative of the EFHR on the next hate speech training

    On July 10-17, 2017 in the small Romanian town – Ramnicu Sarat, an international youth exchange took place. It was entitled as an “Athletic attitude against hate speech”. There were exchanged  the representatives from seven countries: Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Turkey, Italy and Greece. The purpose of the exchange was to accept posts,…

2017/08/08

Training in minorities rights in Rudowsia village

On the 10th of August 2017, representatives of the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR), Leszek Jankowski and Maciej Grześkowiak, took part in a meeting with representatives of the local Polish minority at the Rudowsia village, located in Niemenczyn county. The meeting aimed at familiarising village residents with rights, to which minorities are prerogative by…

2017/08/11

EFHR takes EVS and trainees to Vilnius Municipality

On Friday 25th August, a trip was organised to Vilnius Municipality by the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR). The trainees Maciej Grześkowiak and Anna Mitrowska, along with the EVS volunteer Carmen Cara Lorente had the chance to attend a one hour guided tour at this public institution, which is located in the centre of…

2017/08/25
September

We invite you to participate in free of charge training course: ‘The right to privacy and new technologies – international standards and their implementation’.

The European Foundation of Human Rights is happy to announce that for another consecutive year is launching a series of trainings regarding International Law. The first meeting, which will take place on 28th September, will be about the following topic: the right to privacy and new technologies – international standards and their implementation. The training…

2017/09/12

Court ruled: the racist attack considered as a hate crime

Kaunas District Court on 13 September examined the appeal complaint lodged by the injured party with regard to the judgment of the court of first instance. Victims of the rape claim the racist attack for hate crimes. Kaunas District Court changed the verdict of the Kaunas District Court, stating that two youngsters, who in March…

2017/09/14

Intern from Italy

Chiara is Italian and she studies law at the University of Salento. She has been always interested at international issues and she developed her interest during academic studies. She spent a semester in Greece as an Erasmus student and she studied at the Aristotle’s University of Thessaloniki. During this period abroad she has studied International…

2017/09/21

The Court decided: “Q” on the first page of passport

On 28th of September 2017, Administrative Court of Vilnius, on the request of applicants considered a complaint and annulled decision of Migration Office.  The Court obliged Migration Office to issue a Lithuanian passport to the son of the applicant, Joranas Jacquet with both Lithuanian and original spelling of the name (Jacquet) on the first page…

2017/09/29
October

The training about international standards and their implementation took place

On the 28th of September 2017 the first meeting of the training course about “The right to privacy and new technologies – international standards and their implementation” took place at The House of Polish Culture in Vilnius.  The training was held in both English and Lithuanian. The training began with a presentation about European Foundation…

2017/10/02

The EFHR team goes to Vilnius University

Like every month, the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) arranged a trip to an interesting spot in Vilnius. This time, the EVS volunteer Carmen Cara Lorente, the trainee Kamila Kocowska and the workers of the Foundation went to a 1 hour guided tour at Vilnius University. As part of the tour, they could visit…

2017/10/05

The training for teachers on „ Language as a factor that shapes identity”

The training for teachers entitled “Language as a factor that shapes identity” was held on the 30 September of The House of Polish Culture in Vilnius. The training began with Agnieszka Malinauskaitė performance. She spoke of European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) activities. Next, Kamila Kocowska a trainee, presented rules of participation in both social…

2017/10/06

Cormac Flahive: Trainee from the UK

Cormac Flahive is a new trainee at the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) from the United Kingdom. He has previously studied a Master’s in Politics at Swansea University and has an active interest in the field of human rights as it relates to political development, particularly in the area of the political rights of…

2017/10/18

The Court accepted ruling in the case of the right to spell both names and surnames

On the 17 October Vilnius City Administrative Court accepted ruling in „Felix” case holds that client’s son, Felix Rimkus, may receive, ID card and passport that contains his name written in Lithuanian language and in original form on the documents main page, from  Migration Office of Vilnius Region Chief Police Commissariat that is legally obliged…

A trip to the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania

On Monday the 23rd of October, the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) arranged another trip to an interesting place in Vilnius. For this month’s trip, EVS volunteer Carmen Cara Lorente and trainees Cormac Flahive and Chiara Antonucci and the workers from the Foundation took a 1 hour guided tour around the Seimas of the…

2017/10/23
November

EFHR’s last training this year about “Human rights in practice”

Our training course “Human rights in practice” took place on the 11th of November 2017. It is the second meeting of the training course about International Law and it was hosted at the House of Polish Culture in Vilnius. The training was held in both English and Lithuanian. The training began with a presentation about…

2017/11/13

EFHR celebrating the International Day of Tolerance

On the 16th of November 2017, European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) trainees Cormac Flahive, Kamila Kocowska, Chiara Antonucci, and EVS volunteer Carmen Cara Lorente had the opportunity to participate in the event “Tolerantiška Arbata/ Tolerant Tea”, which was organized by Social Educational Initiatives Centre PLUS. During this event, EFHR trainees and the EVS volunteer…

2017/11/20

EFHR representative taking part in training entitled „Learning in EVS”

International training for representatives of organizations dealing with coordination „European Voluntary Service” (EVS) took place between 13-17 of November 2017 in Trakai. European Foundation of Human Right was represented by Agneška Malinauskaitė. During the training, participants received practical advice, also they were able to learn  how to care about volunteers’s talents and how being a…

2017/11/21

The ODIHR releases data on hate crimes for the year 2016

The OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) published on 16 November 2017 hate crime data for 2016 on their website.  The ODIHR operates via the submission of human rights related data by its 44 participating states. This Office collates this data and utilises it to provide support and expertise to its participating…

2017/11/27

The EFHR goes to Vilnius Cathedral Bell Tower

On the 27th of November 2017, EVS Volunteer Carmen Cara Lorente, Trainees Cormac Flahive, Kamila Kocowska, and Chiara Antonucci, and workers from the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) took a trip to Vilnius Cathedral Bell Tower. Participants in this trip fully enjoyed their experience visiting this historic monument, containing the oldest clock in Vilnius.…

Minority youth to call for inclusive and diverse societies

The UN Forum on Minority Issues will take place in Geneva on 30 November and 1 December, with a special focus this year on the role of young people from minorities in promoting inclusive and diverse societies. More than 400 participants are expected at the Forum, which is now in its 10th year. Many young…

2017/11/30

A lecture on human rights for prisoners of the Prisons in Prawieniszki

On November 29 this year lawyer of the European Foundation for Human Rights (EFHR) Leszek Jankowski and the intern of the Foundation Kamila Kocowska had the opportunity to conduct a lecture at the Prison in Prawieniszki on human rights. At the beginning the lawyer of the Foundation presented the activities of EFHR – free legal…

December

The EFHR is organizing the campaign for the Minority SafePack

Minority SafePack is a Citizens’ Initiative that aims to collect one million signature all over Europe. This initiative has a wide variety of policies and a set of legal acts that are aiming at being made into EU law in several fields: regional and minority languages, education and culture, regional policy, participation, equality, audiovisual and…

2017/12/08

The Council of Europe has released an educational game

The Council of Europe has released an educational board game for children. The game is aimed at a child audience of 8-12 year olds, and is directed at instilling values. The game is intended to encourage children to learn the values of the European Union, namely: a fair system of justice, abolition of death penalty,…

2017/12/27