EFHR taking part in a project in support of Social Cohesion

We are glad to announce that the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) has qualified for participation in the international one year project for the support of social cohesion „Exercising our Rights!- Developing new tools in support of Social Cohesion”. All the activities and tools developed will be in the scope of such thematic areas…

EFHR re. the legal complaints to Equal Opportunities Ombudsman’s Office

Following a motion of the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR), the Equal Opportunities Ombudsman’s Office (Lygių galimybių kontrolieriaus tarnyba) shared results and introduced a process of conducting research on legal complaints related to discrimination on the grounds of nationality. As the submitted data shows, approximately 9-15% of all complaints examined by the Equal Opportunities Ombudsman’s Office concerned legal…

EFHR at the ceremony of Mickūnai’s Day

Mickūnai’s Day was celebrated on 2nd March 2014 in Mickūnai. The arms and the flag were sanctified at the ceremony. The European Foundation of Human Rights organized the trip to Mickūnai to allow everyone there to become familiar with EFHR, inform residents about human rights and discrimination, as well as answer questions related to legal issues.…

Free language lessons!

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) is glad to inform you that, after a short break, the website that provides English language lessons is available once again! Thanks to the goodwill of the National Learning Arena you can increase your knowledge of the English language for free. On the subpage titled ‘Language and Grammar’ you will a…

EFHR at the “We Together” charity concert

The charity concert „We Together” took place on 23rd February at the House of Polish Culture. A lot of national minority bands performed at the concert, inter alia Polski Zespół Pieśni “Tumelianka” (Polish Band of Songs “Tumelianka”), Rosyjski Zespół Folklorystyczny “Bylina” (Russian Folkloristic Band “Bylina”), Białoruski Zepsół Folklorystyczny “Switanak” (Belorussian Folkloristic Band “Switanak”) and many…

“Poles, Europeans, Citizens” textbooks now in pupils’ hands

We are pleased to announce that through the efforts of the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR), pupils in forms 9-12 have just received the newest edition of the “Poles, Europeans, Citizens” textbook. The aim of this textbook is to provide young Poles living in Lithuania with the necessary basic information on social and political processes…

EFHR expresses solidarity with Ukraine

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) has been following the increasingly dramatic events in Ukraine with considerable anxiety. We wish to express the deepest concern about the escalation of violence which has already cost many human lives. The EFHR is firmly against violent responses to peaceful protest. The authorities ought to serve the people…

Lithuania decided to involve in a migration policy more

The Lithuanian Government has approved new guidelines related to Lithuanian migration policy. These guidelines also include better conditions for the employment of highly-educated specialists in Lithuania. The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) would like to mention an interesting aspect of this document, which is quite optimistic in tone. These are the guidelines highlighting the meaning of…

Association of Polish Scholars of Lithuania publishes its 2013 Yearbook

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) is pleased to announce that the Association of Polish Scholars of Lithuania (SNPL) has just published The Yearbook of the Association of Polish Scholars in Lithuania for the Year 2013. The SNPL is an organization which brings together Polish scholars of Lithuania. Founded in 1989, it caters to its…

Right to use the language of national minorities is an issue of interpretation

The Constitutional Court of the Republic of Lithuania is once again considering explanations for a few assumptions of the Constitutional Court decision from 21st October 1999, which refers to the spelling of surnames in passports of citizens of the Republic of Lithuania (RL). The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) emphasizes that a possibility to…

New intern in EFHR

Paweł Gołoburda, a fourth year Law student at the University of Applied Social Sciences (UASS), has started an internship at EFHR. He is the first trainee from UASS, which has recently entered into a cooperation with EFHR. During his studies, he has often encountered problems related to human rights issues and now he has decided to put…

Alfa has altered its article following EFHR’s request

The article entitled “The European Foundation of Human Rights did not prove that toilets cannot be referred to in short as WC” was published on 18 July 2013 on the web page of online portal Alfa (www.alfa.lt). The article described a court case concerned with using the abbreviation WC in public. The proceedings were started following a complaint…

EFHR helps in a case of discrimination on the grounds of age and nationality in a kindergarten

Following a request from the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR), the Lithuanian Ombudsman for Equal Opportunities (Lygių galimybių kontrolieriaus tarnyba) administered a rebuke to a kindergarten headmistress who discriminated against an employee on the grounds of her age and nationality. Moreover, the Ombudsman asked the local authorities of Vilnius to reconsider the headmistress’s qualifications to…

EFHR included in the newest “European Address Book Against Racism”

The international network of non-governmental organizations “UNITED for Intercultural action” published another address book that includes a list of non-governmental organizations from the whole of Europe. These organizations fight against intolerance, racism and nationalism and support national and ethnic minorities, as well as migrants and refugees.  The “European Address Book Against Racism” contains the contact details of…

EFHR wins almost 30,000 litas in compensation

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) has won almost 30,000 litas in compensation from the State Social Insurance Fund Board (Valstybinio socialinio draudimo fondas, ”Sodra”). A citizen of Lithuania, A. B., applied to a territorial office of the State Social Insurance Fund Board for special working conditions benefit, having worked as an electric arc…

Stricter conditions for applying to the European Court of Human Rights

The Conditions for lodging an application with the European Court of Human Rights have become stricter since the entry into force, on 1 January 2014, of the new Rule 47 of the Rules of Court. This new rule introduces two major changes which will determine whether an application is allocated to a judicial formation or…

Critical Russian report on human rights in Lithuania once again

Last year the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) informed readers about a report on the human rights situation in the European Union where the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs criticized the human rights situation in Lithuania http://en.efhr.eu/2013/01/14/another-report-on-human-rights-critical-towards-lithuania/). Once more, in its annual report on the human rights situation in the European Union, the Russian report…