The awards gala for participants of the “We are all alike” competition

The “We are all alike” EFHR project has come to an end. On 31st October 2014, at the foundation headquarters, the awards gala for all of the participants of the “We are all alike” competition was held. This was following the “We are all alike” project. Read more about it here. We received 32 works…

The participants of the human rights project visited EFHR

On 28.10.2014 in the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR), there was a meeting with 25 participants of the international human rights project organized by Youth EPICenter. Participants of the meeting, coming from places as far and wide as Croatia, Latvia, Macedonia, Great Britain and Italy, listened to a lecture titled “EFHR as a leading non-governmental…

A new European Foundation of Human Rights team member

Magdalena Gryciuk is a lawyer. She has worked with a number of international organizations in the field of project management and legal aid. In her work she always has in mind the Latin aphorism Ius est ars boni et aequi, meaning the law is the art of goodness and equity. She is particularly interested in international…

Training for new European Voluntary Service volunteers

“On-Arrival Training” was organized in Bebrusu Dvaras between 15-18 October 2014 for new participants of the European Voluntary Service in Lithuania. Some 20 people from 7 countries took part in the training session, among them two volunteers from the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR). The European Voluntary Service (EVS) is an international volunteer programme funded by the European…

Winners of the “We are all alike” competition have been selected!

We are happy to inform you that winners of the competition held as a part of the “We are all alike” project aimed at young people from Polish and Lithuanian schools (years 9-12) have been selected. All the works we received can be admired on our web gallery. The choice was not easy to make.…

Learn English with EFHR!

We have started an extremely interesting project! The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) has come  up with the idea of creating a website www.nauka.efhr.eu where people learning English or those who are planning to but are not able to can practice the language for free. With a bit of motivation you will start to speak,…

Meeting with OSCE expert on national minorities at the EFHR HQ

On 13th October 2014 the expert on national minorities, Veronika Kristikove OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe), visited the EFHR HQ. During the meeting the OSCE expert initiated a discussion regarding problems which national minorities in Lithuania have to face, like spelling of names and surnames, bilingual topographical names and the education of…

New trainee at the European Foundation of Human Rights

Hungarian Izabella Vajda is a recent graduate from the Paris Institute of Political Sciences (Sciences Po Paris) where she studied European and International Law. Throughout her university education, Izabella has been interested in national minority rights and minority related issues. After her graduation, she worked at the Permanent Representation of Hungary to the European Union…

Twelve things everyone should know about the European Court of Justice

“Twelve things everyone should know about the European Court of Justice” is a new book written by British author Hugo Brady. The book, published thanks to the Centre for European Reform think-tank, deals with the functions of the one of the most important, but often underestimated institution of the European Union – the European Court of…

EFHR’s lectures in schools

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) had the honour to lead a series of 15 courses on discrimination and hatred in the contemporary world. Meetings were held on 15-30 September. They were attended by over 500 students from grades 8-12 and 20 teachers from Lithuanian schools in Vilnius and in the Vilnius region. The courses were…

The matter of the bilingual street signs almost solved

On 3rd September the District Court of the Šalčininkai Region Council (Šalčininkų rajono apylinkės teismas) imposed a penalty on the Administration Director of the Šalčininkai Region Council for failing to enforce a ruling concerning the removal of bilingual street signs from private houses. A penalty of 1880 litas was imposed on the Administration Director, J. Rybak, who…

The „We are similar” competition is reaching its end

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) would like to inform you that the deadline for submitting works for the “We are similar” competition (Esame panašūs), organized for the pupils and students of Lithuanian and Polish schools, was 30th September 2014. The project aimed at strengthening social integration of the Polish national minority living in Lithuania,…

Polish media in English – we have already translated over 2000 articles!

We are extremely pleased to inform you that on the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) website there are already 2000 articles translated into English. These articles are concerned with the current and most relevant events taking place in Lithuania as well as with the life of national minorities living there. Articles originate from Polish…

EFHR representatives in the media

EFHR’s activity receives wide coverage in the media not only in Lithuania, but also abroad. Information about human rights and about our activities spreads thanks to interviews, numerous press releases and other information presented on the Foundation’s website and in the media. In May 2014 EFHR representatives actively addressed, via the press and television, the issue…

Discrimination in advertised vacancies

Much of the time, it seems that we give very little thought to vacancy notices on the internet or in the press which are discriminatory on the grounds of nationality, gender, family or social situation, religion, language or political convictions. In its annual report to the European Network against Racism, the Lithuanian Centre for Human…

EFHR in Polish and Lithuanian schools

The new school year has begun and the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) has launched new initiatives to address pupils and students. On 15th September representatives from the Foundation started an intensive series of meetings in schools in Vilnius where children are taught in Lithuanian. The aim of the training is raising the awareness…

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…

EFHR invites youths to take part in the „Jesteśmy podobni” competition

„Jesteśmy podobni” project (lit. „We are alike”) is addressed to 9-12 graders in Polish and Lithuanian schools. The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) project, began in the spring of this year, consists of two parts: an art competition for youths and a cycle of integration meetings for students. „Jesteśmy podobni” project aims at improving  the social…

Charm yourself online!

Charm yourself online! – is a new online course addressed to young workers and trainees of different kinds of associations which deal with the development of human rights. The main goal of this course is to improve theoretical knowledge about human rights violations in the modern world, as well as about issues which are still…

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…