Swastika – a symbol of criminals and Nazis? Not at all, but anyone who feels the strength of this symbol wants to appropriate it (…) Hitler was not an exception. (…) The Lithuanian cemeteries on which there have been swastikas found date back to the 13th century. This is why we can say it to the whole world with all certainty that it is a symbol of our ancestors, Lithuanians, it is our history and our memory. And the fact that it has been used for criminal purposes, does not change anything. One can steal something and commit any criminal offence using the stolen object. Only those who have committed an offence will look for the guilty, no one but them,” reads one of the statements that can be found on the website of the Sarmatia group (http://www.sarmatas.lt/02/svastika-musu-proteviu-lietuviu-simbolis/).Details
The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR), which protects human rights in Lithuania, started monitoring the internet a few months ago. The Foundation pays special attention to the commentaries violating the law. As a result, the Prosecution General of the Republic of Lithuania receives motions calling for conducting evidential investigations. EFHR has put forward 28 motions, all of them received replies.Details
According to the information from radio „Znad Willii”, last friday 16-year old Daniel Cz., student of Gimnazjum (Junior High School) im. Jana Pawła II in Vilnius became a victim of violence near the House of Polish Culture (Dom Kultury Polskiej). Most probably, the reason for the incident was the nationality of the victim. Perpetrators (3 persons of the age around 30-40 years old – Wilnoteka.lt) were provoked by the fact that teenagers were speaking Polish between each other. The tipsy men attacked the whole group, out of which Daniel suffered the most.Details
On 18 January, 2012 Mr. Waldemar Tomaszeski – the Member of Parliament – intervened in a case for the violation of human rights at Lithuanian railways („Lietuvos Geležinkeliai”). In documents directed to the Minister of Culture of the RL and to the Minister of Transportation and Communication of the RL, MP referred to the intervention of European Foundation of Human Rights regarding the imposed sanctions by Lithuanian railways on its employees for not using the national language during conducting duties at work. According to MP, such action of the company discriminates and violates the ConstitutionDetails
The case of the 11 fined employees of „Lietuvos Geležinkeliai“ PLC has caused a stir in the Polish and Lithuanian media
The case came to light in August 2011 when European Foundation of Human Rights got interested in a regulation introduced by the Management of the company which introduced fines for those who did not use Lithuanian in their workplace. The Foundation enquired the company about the implementation of the regulation.Details
The European Foundation of Human Rights is pleased to adopt the decision of the European Court of Human Rights to communicate Lithuania the issues connected to the renewed renationalisation of the returned property in Vilnius.
EFHR is of the opinion that the practice of Lithuania violates Article 1 of Protocol 1 to the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.Details
On 11/28/2011 Polish Television in the “The Sight” programreleased a report “A dispute over the Polish education in Lithuania is stepping up. Do students of Polish Diaspora will soon lose the right to study most subjects in their native language?”. There was a fragment of the interview that an editor Ewa Szakalicka conducted with representatives of the European Foundation of Human Rights.Details
EFHR took notice seriously of the survey published in the issue of “IQ” on January. This survey explicitly presents that the negative campaign which was undertaken by the media and politicians towards national minorities influenced Lithuanian society.
Lithuanians do not want to live very much in the neighborhood of Romani people (87%), Poles (51%) and Jews (45%).Details
European Foundation of Human Rights wanted to express appreciation to Ewelina Saszenko. that as a minority representative on 12/31/2011 at Lietuvos ir Televizija Radijo she gave New Year’s wishes in their native language. Thus confirmed that the minorities in Lithuania can and should be themselves and should be proud of it. This kind of attitude allows us to understand and sometimes even find out that we live in a multicultural environment and thereby to combat the prevailing minorities stereotypes in Lithuania.Details
European Foundation of Human Rights invites to participate in the artistic competition of Janowicz brothers “My Vilnius. Generational Conversations”. The aim of the competition is to show the bonds that unites Poles and Lithuanians in the generations’ conversations. To win is 15 thousand zlotys.
Competition of Janowicz brothers “My Vilnius. Generational Conversations” is a personal initiative of Jan and Leon Janowicz family. In Poles mind and artistic activity who brought up in Vilnius, Lithuania always stayed as a unique and magical place.
The initiators and organizers of the competition is a member of Janowicz family – Tomasz Ulatowski and a longtime publisher of Leon Janowicz’s books – Maciej Zarebski. Both men decided to continue the Janowicz brothers’ artistic activity after their death by publishing books “Uncommon erudite…” about Leon Janowicz and “Diary. So it was”- Vilnius memories of Jan Janowicz.Details
European Foundation of Human Rights accepted the verdict of theVilnius Local Administrative Court’s from 22nd November 2011 concerning the decision of the Vilnius Regional Council Committee to name of one of the streets in the region with Julian Tuwim’s name.Details
„Europe is not only a continent“ the participants of the „Europe everyday“ contest, which was organized by the European Human Rights Foundation, tried to convince.
On December 11th in the House of Polish Culture in Vilnius the final ceremony of the contest „Europe everyday“ took place and the international Human Rights Day was commemorated. Over 450 guests arrived to the ceremony. The atmosphere among the guests was festive and full of curiosity who is going to win. The most interesting thing for the youngest guests was the exhibition of the entry works, which was lively commented by the children.
Last week EFPCz sent to the State Language Inspectorate a letter, which contains a list of companies whose names, according to the Foundation, are inconsistent with a number of legal standards existing in Lithuania, including in particular the Constitution of RL. These are among others Teletower, Ademax,Aqua Express, KVWC LX ir Imon T. Norkausprojektavimo (Lithuanian companies) and Alpiq Energija Lietuva, Maxima, Swedbank, IFOSanitär, Rockwool (foreign companies). In its letter the Foundation highlights violation of many laws, resulting from using in the names symbols and letters, which do not exist in the Lithuanian alphabet. This fact is an essential argument to refuse permission to using the…Details
On 30th of August this 2011 European Foundation of Human Rights sent a request to JSC “Lietuvos geležinkeliai” about the the cases of punishing employees of the company for not using national language when executing their duties. After less than three months, the Foundation received a reply from the Deputy Minister of Communications Arūnas Štarasa, which contained information that in the period from 20.10.2009 to 25.10.2011 on the basis of the ordinance of director of the cargo transport management AB “Lietuvos Geležinkeliai” Stasys Gudvalisa, 11 employees have been punished.Details
European Foundation of Human Rights is pleased to announce interesting programs which can offer scholarships and financial help for youth and training programs for teachers. In the text you will find short characteristics with all details and contact data. Also, we would like to invite you to attend our website www.efhr.eu where you can find: information about all available scholarships from Poland Lithuania, European Union, scenarios of European lessons and articles from polish medias in Lithuania translated in English. On our facebook’s profile we are putting on board links to an interesting European programs, scholarships and contests for youths.Details
A new section of the website of the European Foundation of Human Rights: http://media.efhr.eu was launched. You can find there translations into English of the most important articles, related to the issue of the Polish minority in Lithuania. The articles are coming from “Kurier Wileński”, website www.wilnoteka.lt, „Tygodnik Wileńszczyzny” and a radio station „Znad Wilii”.Details
directed at the international Polish-Lithuanian committee of experts on education. The Forum of Parents from the Polish Schools in Lithuania (hereinafter called the Forum of Parents) states the fact that some of the parts of the new law on education implemented by the Lithuanian Parliament on March 17, 2011 are discriminating because: – They greatly…Details
The fact that the only Polish newspaper in Lithuania- the Vilnius courier – submitted a complaint about the Lithuanian state to the European Tribunal of Human Rights in Strasburg was described as an unprecedented phenomenon. According to the Lithuanian historian and political scientist, Antanas Kułalaskuskas, the conflict between a local journalist from a national minority and the Lithuanian Commission for Journalist Ethics, is hitting the international forum.Details
The European Foundation of Human Rights calls out to all the parents whose kids received a letter from the Minister of Education, Gintaras Steponavičius. Gathering and releasing personal data by the Lithuanian government and also sending letters out to underage people without the permission of their parents is an evident beach of your rights such…Details