“Get to know Vilnius” project with a volunteer from Germany

Together with a volunteer from Germany – Pascal Sturm – the special needs kindergarten “Ciauskutis” group “Saulutes” held a “Get to know Vilnius” project and visited the Vilnius TV tower as part of the excursion. The aim of this project – to broaden the children’s knowledge of our city-region, view Vilnius from a bird’s eye…

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Farewell with a volunteer became a bubble party

On the morning of the 15 th July a volunteer of the special needs kindergarten “Ciauskutis” Michela Plavan together with the teacher Sandra Kalinauskiene organized a soap bubble party for children. Every kid likes to blow bubbles, watch them, blowing bubbles is also essential for respiratory training. This activity was not only great for celebrating…

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Draft legislation on national minorities is complete

On 16th July 2020, works on the draft bill on national minorities have been completed. Subsequently, the project has been submitted for revision to the Ministry of Culture. The working group under the Department of National Minorities tasked with developing a new draft law on national minorities has successfully completed its mandate. The group had…

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CJEU rules on homophobic statements made by employers

On 23rd April  2020, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruled that those who publicly declare that they would never employ persons of a specific sexual orientation violate the provisions of the Anti-Discrimination Directive (2000/78). This ruling regards case C-507/18 concerning an Italian lawyer who stated on a radio show that he…

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European Foundation of Human Rights draws attention to the funding of minority media

In 2020 January 15th there was information published online that the Press, Radio and Television Sponsorship Foundation (hereafter – the Foundation) tendered allocation of 2020 state support for designing public information providers. As stated on the Foundation’s website, 439 applications were submitted for the competition. The amount requested for assistance from the Foundation was €…

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EFHR met with researches to discuss national minority rights

On 12th March 2020, representatives of the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) met with three researchers working on the situation of national minorities: Dr Timofey Agarin (Queen’s University, Belfast), director of the Centre for the Study of Ethnic Conflict, Prof. Martin Klatt (University of Southern Denmark) and Patrick Utz (University of Edinburgh). They were…

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EFHR team will be working remotely

The European Foundation of Human Rights team will be working remotely over the next two weeks in response to the situation of COVID-19. If you have any questions, please contact us via email (info@efhr.eu) or Facebook. You can find more information here.

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New volunteer joins European Solidarity Corps project in “Čiauškutis”

Last week, a new face has joined the team of volunteers at Vilnius’ special kindergarten “Čiauškutis”. Pascal Strum from Germany came to Lithuania for six and a half months. The volunteer will be joining the daycare center, where he will have the opportunity to observe therapeutic activities, assist daycare staff, and contribute to the development…

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10 Cases of Hate Crime in Lithuania in 2019 submitted to ODIHR

A total of ten hate-driven incidents appeared in a report compiled by the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) for the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR). The list comprises key information about those hate crimes that were committed in Lithuania in 2019 and were reported in the public media. Due to…

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An Italian volunteer started a European Solidarity Corps project in Čiauškutis

26th September 2019 European Solidarity Corps project “Let’s do it together” started in Vilnius Special Nursey-Kindergarten “Čiauskutis”. The first volunteer to start up is Michela from Italy, who will stay in Čiauškutis until July 2020. Michela will have the opportunity to provide support in kindergarten activities with following tasks: monitor various activities in groups, eventually…

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EFHR Led Workshops on National Minority Rights

In the last days of January, the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) visited the John Paul II Secondary School in Vilnius. Young people from five different classes participated in workshops with our intern, Marta Bednarczyk. The subject of the workshops were the rights of national minorities. Together with the trainer, participants discussed what social…

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The newest member of EFHR – translation trainee Julija Vaitiekūnaitė

Julija Vaitiekūnaitė is a fourth year student of Vilnius University’s English and another foreign (French) language study programme. Born in a small town in the district of Jurbarkas, Julija was always interested in languages, art, literature. During her Erasmus visit in Paris, she found herself right in the middle of the Yellow vests movement, what…

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Minority SafePack Initiative signatures registered

The registration of Minority SafePack Initiative has been completed and the signatures forwarded to the European Commission. Minority SafePack was launched in early 2017 by the Federal Union of European Nationalities (FUEN). The initiative calls upon the European Union to introduce legislation that would improve the protection and well-being of persons belonging to national and…

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EFHR wishes you happy holidays!

  The Holiday Season is approaching – it is time to share wishes, spread positive energy and enjoy the feeling of warmth and togetherness with those who matter the most. As we easily get caught up in holiday preparations like decorating the house, shopping for gifts and cooking, not many remember that apart from observing…

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EFHR Implements Project on Social Inclusion for Youth

European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) has launched a new youth programme “Better Together: Increasing the Social Inclusion of Lithuanian Youth through Human Rights Education”. The project is funded by the Vilnius City Municipality and is implemented in cooperation with two partner organisations – International Youth Cooperation Agency (JTBA) and Youth For Understanding (YFU) Lithuania.…

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