New trainee at the European Foundation of Human Rights

Ania Książczak is a 5th year’s law student at Mikołaj Kopernik University in Toruń. Among her subjects of interest are human rights, international law and EU law. Her greatest achievement as a student was her participation in the 5th World Human Rights Moot Court and going to RSA to the final of this contest. Apart from her studies, Ania…

Foreign personal names will be able to be adjusted to the original spelling

On the 15th July 2014, in the 1st reading at the Seimas, two projects related to the Law on the Spelling of Surnames in the  Identity Documents of the Lithuanian Citizens were accepted. It is hoped that these will be beneficial not only for the members of national minorities urging to be able to regain the original spelling…

Take part in an international competition!

Join us to speak out against hate speech! Enter an international photo competition devoted to the European Day of Action against Islamophobia and Religious Intolerance, which will take place on  the 21th September 2014. Everyone interested can enter the competition by sending their photos connected with religious diversity and tolerance. The winner will be awarded with a 300 Euros shopping…

Bilingual street signs in the regions of Vilnius and Soleczniki – removed, in Kaunas – present for centuries

According to Lithuanian law, bilingual street signs hung in the streets are unlawful, which is against international constraints accepted by Lithuania while ratifying the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities. The Law on the State Language (Valstybinės kalbos įstatymas), in the 17th Art., unequivocally states that, in the Republic of Lithuania, public signs…

New trainee at the European Foundation of Human Rights

Beata Bielawska is a second year student of International Relations at Jagiellonian University in Krakow. The course covers many topics, but the subject of human rights is a major part of the programme, which is the reason why Beata is familiar with human rights laws and issues. Beata tries to gain knowledge not only from her studies but also from…

XXVI Touristic Rally of Poles in Lithuania is over

This year, the annual Touristic Rally of Poles in Lithuania took place on the 5th and 6th  of July in the’ ‘Azuolyne” amusement park of  Trakai District Municipality. The European Foundation of Human Rights’ (EFHR) members also attended the event to inform the participants about the Foundation’s activities as well as about the free legal…

EFHR celebrates the 70th anniversary of ”The Gate of Dawn” military operation

Between the 6th and 13th of July, the 70th anniversary of ”The Gate of Dawn” military operation was held in Vilnius. On Sunday the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) took the opportunity to meet historically-important people and guests of the House of Polish Culture, with Jerzy Karpowicz’s photographic exhibition ”Places of National Memory within…

Suggested amendments to the Law on Provision of Information to the Public

A crucial part of the European Foundation of Human Rights’ (EFHR) activities is the monitoring of the rule of law and  legal changes in the Republic of  Lithuania. Recently, EFHR observes with concern the amendments to the Law on the Provision of Information to the Public ct (lt. Visuomenės informavimo įstatymas), which suggests obligating TV broadcasters…

EFHR at the ENAR Conference

A conference titled “European Anti-Racist Convention: Setting the Movement in Motion!”, held by the European Network Against Racism (ENAR), took place in Brussels on 20-21 June 2014. The conference was attended by over 100 participants from across the European Union (EU) including international law experts, representatives of EU institutions and bodies, and non-governmental organizations. This…

EFHR at the St John’s ceremony in Rudamina

On June 23th the Multifunctional Cultural Centre in Rudamina organized St John’s celebrations. According to the organizers the celebration was attended by about 3, 000 people. Bands and performers from all over the Vilnius region, foreign guests and the municipal authorities participated in the event. Pleased by the opportunity to attend, representatives of the European Foundation of…

EFHR representatives at the Culture Night festival

From 20 to 21 of June 2014, everyone in Vilnius could participate in over 200 varied projects and events at the Culture Night festival (“Kultūros naktis”). This year, the Polish Cultural Centre (DKP) in Vilnius joined the event for the first time. The DKP part of the festival started with the play Zapiski oficera Armii…

Immense interest in the latest EFHR training on human rights

On June 19, 2014, the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) organized another training session on human rights and international law. The training was provided by lawyer and leading expert on international law Dr. Fernand de Varennes. The seminar “Human Rights Litigation: Using International and European Mechanisms” was concerned with employment of international and European legal mechanisms…

The lack of law on national minorities is a serious problem

Despite the fact that the topic of national minorities in Lithuania is raised very often, no measures are yet accepted to solve the legal issues related to this. The lack of law on national minorities causes confusion in the political arena and also creates a number of legal problems. During a visit to Warsaw, on the…

SCLL is not against the original spelling of forenames and surnames

In April of this year the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) appealed to the State Commission for Lithuanian Language (SCLL, Valstybinė lietuvių kalbos komisija), whose function is the formation of guidelines in relation to state language policy, introducing arguments for accepting proper legal regulations concerning the issue of the spelling of forenames and surnames. Also,…

EFHR changes working hours

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) would like to inform everyone, that from June 9th 2014, the foundation’s working hours have changed to this: Monday-Thursday: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm Friday – 8:30 am – 4:00 pm Anyone who would like to register for a consultation with a lawyer should contact us on: +37069150822 or by…

EFHR invites you to a free training session!

On June 19th 2014, the European Foundation of Human Rights would like to invite you to a free training seminar, „Human Rights Litigation: Using International and European Mechanisms”. Members of vulnerable groups in society such as women, minorities, immigrants and individuals with disabilities must at times use litigation as a tool to ensure the protection of some…

Series of training seminars for orphanage workers concludes

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) would like to announce the conclusion of a series of training seminars for workers at children’s homes in Šalčininkai and Pabradė. EFHR cooperates with children’s homes by organizing lectures on human rights, holding charity campaigns for the children, and recruiting volunteers to work at children’s homes. Starting at the…

EFHR invites you to enter our short stories competition!

The IEMed and the Anna Lindh Foundation have launched a call for participation in the seventh edition of the international literary competition of short stories and tales “Sea of Words”, aimed at young people from the 43 countries of the Euro-Mediterranean area. The ‘Sea of Words’ Literary Competition focuses on cross-cultural understanding through the promotion…