Waneta Banel v. Lithuania

On June 18th 2013 the European Court of Human Rights revealed its decision, according to which petitioner Waneta Banel won the case against Lithuania. The case was about circumstances of the death of Edgar — son of Ms W. Banel — the cause of which was negligence of the self-government of the city of Vilnius…

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President Dalia Grybauskaitė and the Polish issue

The European Foundation of Human Rights watches the recent political activities of Dalia Grybauskaitė, the President of the Republic of Lithuania, in disbelief and with a sense of genuine disappointment. In her speeches and addresses delivered in front of the Sejmas, the President brings up the so-called Polish issues, which have now become synonymous with…

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European Foundation of Human Rights on a project in Cyprus

“Magnifying glass: debate on minorities’ problems!” – this is the topic of the latest project in which the European Foundation of Human Rights has participated in Larnaca, on Cyprus. The project was organised by the TDM 2000 organisation, which celebrated its 14th anniversary of foundation this year. The project was mainly based on working in…

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Absurd argumentation of State Inspectorate of Language does not surprise anymore

“The present Lithuanian system of spelling foreign names and surnames according to how they sound is anachronistic and idiotic,” claims Egidijus Kūris – a lawyer, a prominent constitutional law expert, and the former president of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Lithuania (2002-2008). Still, however, the State Inspectorate of Language (Valstybinė kalbos inspekcija) arbitrarily…

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EFHR on the International Festival of Contemporary Dance

On July 6th in Šalčininkai there was the first International Festival of Contemporary Dance. The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) organised a trip to the park in Šalčininkai, in order to celebrate the event and make the citizens of Šalčininkai acquainted with the Foundation’s work. The tent attracted many people, among whom there were…

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The EFHR meets the Advisory Council to discuss applying of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) has recently met the Advisory Council in order to discuss the issue of applying the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities. During this meeting some of the most topical questions related to the protection of human rights of the national minorities have been covered. Lithuania have…

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The tenth anniversary European Summer School has gone

 During two weeks (June 25 – July 5) in Vilnius took place a summer school entitled “Harmonization or national identity: the future of law in Europe”. It is an unique international project of Faculty of Law at Vilnius University, Goethe University Frankfurt am Main (Germany) and Paris West University Nanterre La Défense (France). Professors of…

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EFHR on the XVII international conference „Science and the quality of life”

On July 1st, the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR or Foundation) took part in the XVII international conference entitled „Science and the quality of life” organized by the utility institution “UNIVERSYTET STUDIORUM POLONA VILNENSIS” headed by the professor Romuald Brazis. The conference was divided into several sections, and its main goal was to introduce…

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„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…

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Whose rights have primacy?

On March 11th 2013 in Vilnius, on Gedimino prospektas, there was an action during which everyone could participate in a free game. Although the weather was not perfect, people were participating willingly. The event was interrupted by an unsanctioned march. As we can see on the video recording, placed on www.delfi.pl website (http://tv.delfi.lt/video/UcLwTjRu/), the march…

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„47 countries and one organisation… The Council of Europe” brochure is being distributed!

On request of the Council of Europe, the European Foundation for Human Rights has prepared a Polish and a Lithuanian version of the Council of Europe’s another educational brochure entitled „47 countries and one organisation… The Council of Europe”. (Here you can read about the previous one: http://en.efhr.eu/council-of-europe-education-pack/). The brochure has been prepared for young…

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Thorbjorn Jagland’s visit in Lithuania

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe came to Lithuania. Apart from discussing with President Dalia Grybauskaitė some matters related to Lithuania’s presidency that comes soon he also criticised a few aspects associated with human rights. He emphasized that Lithuania is a sovereign state and it meets almost all European standards. However, he stressed…

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European Foundation of Human Rights is looking for a translator!

The European Foundation of Human Rights in a public organization headquartered in Vilnius,  and functioning on a non-profit basis. The main aim of our undertakings in promoting civic activities and striving for respecting the rights of socially marginalized groups either because of their ethnic origin, social status, religion, or gender. The European Foundation of Human…

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EFHR lecture in the University of the third age in Vilnius

May 26 this year in the House of Polish Culture (DKP) European Foundation for Human Rights (EFHR) was pleased to provide a great group of Polish lecture at the University of the Third Age in Vilnius under the leadership of Asst. Dr. Richard Kuzma. We were greeted by about 50 person group of students who…

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EFHR on the UNITED training

European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) took part in the international conference UNITED for the second time. The conference was held in Lithuanian city of Trakai this time. The objective of the meeting was to discuss diversity – multiple and intersectional discrimination. Definition and problem of discrimination, racism and equality has been on agenda for a…

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Freedom House changes its report about Lithuania on EFHR’s application

Thanks to efforts of the European Foundation for Human Rights (EFHR) one of the world’s biggest organisations for democracy, Freedom House, has changed its report from the current year. In the report on Lithuania, which is available at http://www.freedomhouse.org/report/freedom-world/2013/lithuania the fragment “The rights of ethnic minorities, who comprise about 16 percent of the population, are…

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Lithuanian language under better constitutional protection

Currently in Lithuania protection of the national language – its usage, correctness and the way in which it should be taken care of – is regulated by the act on the official language of the Republic of Lithuania. However, the spokesman of the Lithuanian Seimas, Vydas Gedvilas, together with members of the Seimas Committee of…

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