The HREA educational platform

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) encourages you to take a look at the Human Rights Education Association (HREA) online platform which works to provide better understanding of issues related to human rights. The HREA online platform offers training for activists and specialists, preparation of educational materials and programmes and building community through online technology.…

Scholarships for student of Polish descent

The new academic year has begun. The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) wants to inform you about a new initiative from the Wileńszczyzna Foundation – scholarships for students of Polish descent studying in Lithuania. As the Foundation has declared: “the fundamental objective of the Foundation is to support youth of Polish descent who live…

EFHR at Youth Catholic Days

The Youth’s Catholic Days (YCD), held in Šumskas between August 22nd and August 24th, were one of the last events of the summer for the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR). Information about previous EFHR trips is available in our event-calendar. This was our second trip of the summer where most of the participants were young people. Hence,…

EFHR celebrated the Polish Army Holiday in Miedniki

On 17th July 2014, representatives of the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) took part in the celebrations of the Polish Army Holiday in the Vilnius Region, entitled ”Oddysey of a Polish Soldier”, and held in Miedniki. During the celebrations, not only did EFHR have the opportunity to watch a performance  prepared by  the Vilnius…

Lithuanian women’s rights in a CEDAW report

The international community has been observing the issue of worldwide protection of women’s rights with increasing interest. Such a conclusion can be drawn when considering the recently improved frequency of presenting various reports and communications from organizations directly concerned with this issue. In July 2014, the United Nation also paid more attention to this particular…

EFHR workshops on human rights

On the 12th August 2014, representatives of the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) visited a scout camp  in Geišiškės, entitled ”1440 moments of the day”, during which workshops on human rights were organized. Girl scouts between the age of 11 and 17 from ”Silva” and ”Delta” teams took part in the workshops. Young people…

EFHR’s gifts for children from the Pabradė orphanage

At the end of July 2014 children from Pabradė orphanage received yet another set of gifts from the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR). More information about the already organized trips is available on the Foundation’s website. During the July visit, EFHR representatives gave the children i.a. crayons, markers, drawing books, books, toys and puzzles, purchased…

EFHR seeking parents of kindergarten-aged children

For quite a long time, the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) has been monitoring the system of children’s admittance to the kindergartens located within the Vilnius City’s local government. We are looking for parents who have tried to have their child admitted to a national minority (Polish or Russian) kindergarten group between 2012 and…

Original spelling of names and surnames is a problem for all Lithuanian citizens

The Right to the original spelling of name and surname constitutes one of the core rights of every citizen. The possibility of proper usage of the law and respecting it should be unconditionally provided by each and every country. The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) would like to remind all that the European Court of…

EFHR lecture at the Summer Forum

On July 28 2014 in Sudeikiai, the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) had the honour to give a lecture at the 5-day celebration of the Students Association in Lithuania – “Summer Forum ’14, Colourful day – Significant tomorrow”. At the meeting, volunteers, the deputy mayor of Utena, Mr Vidmantas Valinčius, and guests of students…

EFHR launches a new project with Erasmus +

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) would like to announce that the project “Youth for Human Rights”, submitted by the Foundation as part of the promotional campaign “Youth mobility” in the programme Erasmus +, has been accepted. The competition was tough, because the contest was entered by 116 organizations operating in Lithuania. EFHR managed to…

The results of the Lithuanian language exam between 2008-2013

2013 was the first year that secondary school graduates from the schools of national minorities had to pass the unified Lithuanian language exam, like graduates from schools working in the Lithuanian language. The policy, which national minorities opposed, was introduced in the new Law of education accepted by Parliament on 17 March 2011. In February 2013,…

EFHR report on implementation of human rights in Lithuania in 2012-2013

On the 24th July 2014, representatives of the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) presented a report: ”Implementation of human rights in Lithuania 2012-2013 (Lithuanian National Minorities’ Rights)”. It was presented during a press conference for the biggest press agency of the Baltic countries ”Baltic News Service”. While preparing the report, EFHR aimed at cross-sectoral…

Disadvantageous changes to the Constitutional draft law on the State Language

Currently, in Lithuania, the law on the State Language (Valstybinės kalbos įstatymas), adopted January 31, 1995, according to signs in the Republic of Lithuania, must be written in the state language. Inscriptions in other languages can only be displayed for tourism purposes, but in other languages their size cannot be larger than the same sign…

Starting from 2015 a passport will become a document that confirms national identity

„Who are you?” – The answer for this question will soon be displayed on the front page of newly issued passports of citizens of The Republic of Lithuania. On 10th July of this year the Parliament accepted the amendment to the Passport Regulation (Lietuvos Respublikos paso įstatymas), which introduces the possibility to include a citizen’s nationality…

Amendments for the Bill of National Minorities accepted

There is no act on national minorities in Lithuania since 2010. Discussion of the bill’s premise was listed for deliberations and cancelled at the last moment numerous times. On 17th July 2014 important decisions were taken on that matter, however, the decisions differed from the previous arrangements.  In the last sitting in the spring session,…