On October 14th 2011, Advocate Mr Tadeusz Gudziński filed a complaint on behalf of Kurier Wileński daily to the European Court of Human Rights against the Republic of Lithuania for imposing a fine on the daily’s editorial office for publishing in November 2006 a paper by Krzysztof Buchowski entitled ‘The Way a Lithuanian citizen was Perceived by a Pole in the Interwar Period’, which was read at a Polish-Lithuanian scientific conference.Details
Breakthrough in the Commission sessions – Lithuanian authorities will take care of the Polish minority schools!
The European Foundation of Human Rights has found a document in which Lithuania guarantees to maintain the current status of the Polish language as the language taught in the Polish minority schools in Lithuania. There are more rights guaranteed in the document.Details
A petition to the State Language Inspectorate to call the Minister of Science and Education, Gintaras Steponavičius, to management responsibility
On September 16th 2011, the European Foundation of Human Rights has made a petition to the State Language Inspectorate to call the Minister of Education and Science, Gintaras Steponavičius, to management responsibility for sending 26 thousand letters in a language other than the official (Polish, Russian and Belarusian) to the students attending minority schools. This…Details
It’s the second time that Social Thought Club Initiatives has organised International Art&Craft Workshops funded within the framework of Grundtvig programme. The initiative aims at giving adults an opportunity to participate in workshops organised in other European countries within the Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP).
|On Wednesday, 28thSeptember the European Foundation of Human Rights forwarded three petitions to the EU structures: European Parliament and the European Commission against:
The Lithuanian Minister of Education and Science, Gintaras Steponavičius, has been accused of accessing personal data and ethnic hostility. European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR), a public institution, has lodged a petition to the General Prosecutor’s Office in this case. According to the Foundation, Steponavičius has violated the Lithuanian law on personal data protection and international agreements by writing a letter to minority representatives. While, the Minister’s public statements are subject to punishment pursuant to the article of the Penal Code concerning accountability for ethnic hostility. However, G. Steponavičius himself doesn’t take the accusations seriously.Details
European Foundation of Human Rights kindly asks the parents whose children received the letter from the Minister of Education and Science, Gintaras Steponavičius written either in Russian or Belarusian to send a copy of it to the Foundation. Please send the scanned copy of the letter to the following e-mail address of the Foundation: email@example.com.…Details
On Wednesday, September 28th, EFHR sent 3 petitions to the following European institutions: European Parliament and European Commission. The petitions were against: Processing of personal data revealing ethnic origin Educational Law, which discriminates against minorities in Lithuania Limiting the rights of the Polish minority in Lithuania (support of the complaint of Tomasz Snarski) (full text…Details
The European Foundation of Human Rights has filed a complaint against the Lithuanian Minister of Education and Science
The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) sheds new light on the letter sent by Gintaras Steponavičius to the parents of children attending Polish minority schools in Lithuania. In August this year, over 26 thousand people received a letter from the Minister of Education and Science, Gintaras Steponavičius, informing about the changes that the new…Details
TV program “Aš myliu Lietuva” – under the microscope of the European Foundation of Human Rights
European Foundation of Human Rights became interested in a matter of “Aš myliu Lietuva”, which was transmitted on LNK TV channel this summer. Supposedly patriotic in nature participants of the programme and their actions are now not only known throughout the entire Lithuania but beyond its borders, and unfortunately not from the positive side. They aroused discontent not solely among the representatives of national minorities in Lithuania, but also among the Lithuanians, who in majority believe that the show has brought disgrace to the entire state.
The European Foundation of Human Rights expressed its full appreciation for an initiative of assistant lecturer at the Department of Criminal Material and Executive Law and Judicial Psychiatry at the University of Gdańsk – Mr. Tomasz Snarski, who has submitted at March 31, 2011 a petition to the European Parliament, which tittle was “Lingual rights…Details
Another of a series of open lectures organised by the European Foundation of Human Rights took place in the Vilnius Branch of the University of Białystok at the beginning of June. This time it was Professor Bogusław Grużewski’s lecture entitled ‘The issue of distortion and correct interpretation of statistics and social research results’.Details
Comittee on Petitions
B – 1047 Bruxellles
Vice-president and Commissioner
Ms. Viviane Reding
We demand that immediate steps be taken against the new Education Act passed on March 17th 2011 by the Lithuanian Parliament (Lietuvos Respublikos Švietimo Įstatymo Pakeitimo Įstatymas 2011 m. kovo 17 d. Number XI-1281:
a) We request the European Parliament to adopt a resolution calling upon change of laws that discriminate against national minorities, and to call upon the European Union Commission to take adequate legal action against Lithuania, pursuant to Art. 258 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, including filing a complaint to the Court of Justice of the European Union.Details
The European Foundation of Human Rights submitted a petition to the European Commission and the European Parliament to defend the education of national minorities in Lithuania.
During a gathering organised last Friday (02.09.2011) in front of the Presidential Palace, in order to defend polish education in Lithuania, the European Foundation of Human Rights came up with an idea to submit a group petition against the new Lithuanian Act on Education which discriminates against national minorities, to European Commission and the European…Details
The participants of the II International Journalism Workshops in Budapest gained many practical skills, such as improving journalistic skills, photography, filming and creating a website. The workshops were attended by young Poles from Great Britain, Spain Ukraine, Croatia, Russia and Hungary, and also two people from Lithuania: Beata Naniewicz and Rajmund Klonowski, volunteers from European Foundation of Human Rights.Details
The European Foundation of Human Rights has filed another petition to the General Prosecutor’s Office of Lithuania. The petition supports the complaint made on June 15th 2011 by Members of Lithuanian Parliament Jarosław Narkiewicz, Andrius Šedžius, Michał Mackiewicz and others and concerns a song by “Diktatūra” entitled “Šalčininkų rajonas” (‘Šalčininkų Region’). The authors of the complaint maintain that the song shows strong evidence of nationalism.
On 12th August 2011, the Vilnius District Administrative Court received an appeal against the decision of the inspector of journalistic ethics concerning the case of the article “In defence of Polish schools in Lithuania”, published on the internet website of wilnoteka.lt. The complaint against the portal was submitted by Kazimieras Garšva, president of the Association “Vilnija”, who accused Wilnoteka of misleading the society about the real situation of Polish education in Lithuania and of inciting national discord.Details
On October 22nd 2011 during a free training entitled ‘Human Rights in Teaching Civic Studies’, which will take place in the House of Polish Culture in Vilnius and last from 9.30. to 18.30, the teachers will learn about progress of preparation of the new complementary Civic Studies course book written in Polish and designed for Polish schools in Lithuania.
Worth reminding is the fact that on June 29th this year, there was a meeting organized jointly by the European Foundation of Human Rights and Modern Poland Foundation which inaugurated the project Europeans, Poles, Citizens.Details
European Foundation of Human Rights reported a dozen or so cases of the initiation of criminal proceedings
On 18 August, 2011 European Foundation of Human Rights reported a dozen or so cases of the initiation of criminal proceedings to Prosecutor’s Office of Lithuania against people who called for the acts against the law in their Internet comments. These comments referred in a contemptuous, humiliating and insulting way to national minorities among Lithuanian citizens, and especially to those of Polish minority. The legal basis for the report of the initiation of criminal proceedings is art. 170 (act 2 and 3) of the Penalt Code which penalizes the incitement against any nation, race, ethnical, religious or any other group of people.Details
We cordially invite Polish school teachers and experts who want to write or participate in the formation of extra-curricular activities handbook for Civic Education for middle school students from Polish schools in Lithuania. From our proposals together we will choose the topics that in your opinion must be found in our textbook. We want the pupils to reach for the handbook with pleasure and be curious about what will happen on its next pages. We are looking forward to hearing your opinions, observations, comments – they are all very important to us, so that it can best serve you and your students.Details