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…

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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…

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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.…

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Scholarships for student of Polish descent

The new academic year has begun. The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) wants to inform you about a new initiative from the Wileńszczyzna Foundation – scholarships for students of Polish descent studying in Lithuania. As the Foundation has declared: “the fundamental objective of the Foundation is to support youth of Polish descent who live…

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EFHR’s gifts for children from the Pabradė orphanage

At the end of July 2014 children from Pabradė orphanage received yet another set of gifts from the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR). More information about the already organized trips is available on the Foundation’s website. During the July visit, EFHR representatives gave the children i.a. crayons, markers, drawing books, books, toys and puzzles, purchased…

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EFHR seeking parents of kindergarten-aged children

For quite a long time, the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) has been monitoring the system of children’s admittance to the kindergartens located within the Vilnius City’s local government. We are looking for parents who have tried to have their child admitted to a national minority (Polish or Russian) kindergarten group between 2012 and…

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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…

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The results of the Lithuanian language exam between 2008-2013

2013 was the first year that secondary school graduates from the schools of national minorities had to pass the unified Lithuanian language exam, like graduates from schools working in the Lithuanian language. The policy, which national minorities opposed, was introduced in the new Law of education accepted by Parliament on 17 March 2011. In February 2013,…

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Amendments for the Bill of National Minorities accepted

There is no act on national minorities in Lithuania since 2010. Discussion of the bill’s premise was listed for deliberations and cancelled at the last moment numerous times. On 17th July 2014 important decisions were taken on that matter, however, the decisions differed from the previous arrangements.  In the last sitting in the spring session,…

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Bilingual street signs in the regions of Vilnius and Soleczniki – removed, in Kaunas – present for centuries

According to Lithuanian law, bilingual street signs hung in the streets are unlawful, which is against international constraints accepted by Lithuania while ratifying the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities. The Law on the State Language (Valstybinės kalbos įstatymas), in the 17th Art., unequivocally states that, in the Republic of Lithuania, public signs…

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Suggested amendments to the Law on Provision of Information to the Public

A crucial part of the European Foundation of Human Rights’ (EFHR) activities is the monitoring of the rule of law and  legal changes in the Republic of  Lithuania. Recently, EFHR observes with concern the amendments to the Law on the Provision of Information to the Public ct (lt. Visuomenės informavimo įstatymas), which suggests obligating TV broadcasters…

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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…

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The lack of law on national minorities is a serious problem

Despite the fact that the topic of national minorities in Lithuania is raised very often, no measures are yet accepted to solve the legal issues related to this. The lack of law on national minorities causes confusion in the political arena and also creates a number of legal problems. During a visit to Warsaw, on the…

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