Tomaš Jenkelevič joins EFHR

We are pleased to inform you that in July Tomaš Jenkelevič joined the team of the European Foundation of Human Rights. Tomaš comes from Vilnius and is presently a third-year student of Political Science at Warsaw University. As a student, Tomaš tries to acquire knowledge both at university and in practice. Tomaš has won several…

International Human Rights Training is over

The International Human Rights Training, organised by the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) and held in English, finished on August 6. The training was conducted by prominent law experts: dr Fernand de Varenness, dr Elżbieta Kuzborska, and dr Łukasz Wardyn. During the training, which took place on August 5 and 6, 2013, the participants…

The European Foundation of Human Rights is happy to rpesent a new member

Mark Siavris is a student of law at the Warsaw University. Living in Poland, he works actively for the Polish minotiry in Lithuania under the aegis of the Memoriae Fidelis association. In his opinion, „working in the Foundation is a great professional experience but also life experience. Since now, I am really close to important…

EFHR still fights hate speech in the Internet

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) has received information about one more criminal order being issued for the author of an offensive comment, based on the Foundation’s applications directed to the General Prosecutor’s Office. The court of the Skuodo district (Skuodo rajono apylinkės teismas) has issued the third criminal order for A.V. for public…

EFHR’s workshops at schools in May

The lectures were given by dr. Łukasz Wardyn – an expert in international law dealing with issues connected to human rights and national minorities. During the lectures, key issues, such as the notion of democracy and its faces in the today’s world, the importance of election and voting and of being an active citizen were…

A new member in EFHR

European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) is happy to introduce its new team member. Viktoria Kvilitaja has started a half a year lasting Leonardo da Vinci programme, funded by the European Union, which aims at supporting greater working mobility of students within Europe and at encouraging young people to gain new knowledge and skills and,…

Europe Day Celebration

Every year on the 9th of May we celebrate Europe Day. And this year was no exception. The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) organized a trip to Vilnius city centre (Łuskiski plac), in order to celebrate this day. We set up a stall, which attracted the attention of many passersby, including tourists and Vilnius…

Court admits that EFHR is right in argument with Equal Treatment Controller’s Service

The decision of the Equal Treatment Controller’s Service (ETCS) is contradictory to its aims and tasks. Therefore, in an obvious way, it has violated its competence. This is what results from the decision of the District Administrative Court in Vilnius, taken on May 6th 2013. Thus, the Court has positively considered the complaint sent by…

Another success of EFHR – 3 criminal cases won

The freedom of speech is guaranteed in the legal system of each democratic country and in international documents. However, some limitations are often imposed on it, like for instance in the case of offending other people publically. The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR), in its fight against offensive comments in the Internet succeeds more…

New year – new victories

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) began 2013 by winning a cyberspace hate speech case. The Foundation spotted that a citizen of Šiauliai, G.D, had written a discriminatory comment inciting violence. On website, under an article titled “Members of the European Parliament applied to the EU leaders for the protection of Polish minority rights”, G.D. posted his comment which read as follows: “All of you bastards should be strung up. <…> – You are enemies of Lithuania so <…> you got your heads smashed with a club… (Instead of <…> the culprit used a vulgar word degrading and humiliating members of the Polish minority).

Deprivation of liberty for an internet comment

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) welcomes another court order issued against the author of an offensive comment on the grounds of motions filed by EFHR to the Prosecutor General’s Office.

The Court of Alytus district municipality (Alytaus rajono apylinkės teismas) issued a court order against an inhabitant of this district (S.Š) for the incitement to national hatred and for the humiliation of the Russian minority. 

Bartłomiej Śliwa – intern EFHR

The European Foundation for Human Rights (EFHR) is pleased to welcome a new volunteer Bartłomiej Śliwa, a graduate in sociology and comparative study of civilizations at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków and a participant of education projects in the field of human rights protection and measures against racism and xenophobia organized by the Foundation Humanity in Action Poland and Association.

Mr Śliwa started to cooperate with EFHR in March 2012.

Summary of recent training (23rd-24th of November)

On last Friday and Saturday, the European Foundation of Human Rights organised free training sessions on Human Rights, in Vilnius’s Władysław Syrokomla’s College. The course’s participants were mainly teachers but the event was also attended by students of local universities and colleges.

The training was led by specialists in the field of Human Rights – Dr. Laura Koba, Dr. Łukasz Wardyn and Professor Wiesław Wacławczyk.

“Conducting cases of violation of human rights in the European Court of Human Rights and the Court of Justice of the European Union – the procedure and formal requirements” – in English

The European Foundation of Human Rights is pleased to invite you to a subsequently training (the first one was conducted on 19 October 2012 ), during which participants will have the opportunity to deepen their knowledge on the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union as a practical tool for conducting cases of violation of human rights  as well as Case law analysis from European Court of Human Rights and the Court of Justice of the European Union. 

EFHR took part in the International Day Against Fascism and Antisemitism

International Day Against Fascism and Antisemitism  – is an annual commemoration of the Jews killed in the Nazi Germany during ‘Kristallnacht’ (Crystal Night) pogrom that occurred on the 9th of November 1938, commemorated internationally since 1989. Since 1995 the commemoration is coordinated by the biggest in Europe charity organisation against nationalism, fascism and racism – UNITED for Intercultural Action which takes action mostly for migrants and refugees.

A hefty financial fine for the internet comment

The European Human Rights Foundation was glad to receive a piece of information concerning  the fine that has been issued as for the anti-internet-violence campaign that has ran for over a year.  For the first time the court of justice issued a warrant, based on the Foundation’s appeal to the General Prosecution, according to the Article 170 act 3 of the Penal Code. The warrant deals with the matter of public incitement to violence against the people of different nationality. District court in the city of Szawla issued a warrant for one of the city’s inhabitants- D.P.who, after reading the article from website called “ Nationalists from Warsaw will come defend Poles”, published his comment: “ Give Poles back their corral, let them fight with Gypsies, so that  both of the parties are gone, we don’t need these outcasts in Lithuania.” That was the way in which D.P. urged everybody to violence, to crack down people who are of  different nationality.

Trainings about human rights are over.

At the abode of the foundation of human rights were held the trainings about the violation of human rights at the European court of human rights and at the court of Justice of the European union on 19-20 th October of 2012. The training covered the topics from the formal and procedural points of view.…

The European Foundation of Human Rights organized a lecture in the Mykolas Romeris University!

September, 27th The European Foundation of Human Rights organised a lecture in the Mykolas Romeris University for the fourth year students of Public Administration about the non- governmental organizations (NGO) and law regulations in Lithuania.

During the lecture, students learnt more about the law regulations concerning the NGOs basing on the law on Public Institutions in Lithuania, article 2, part 1. (“A public institution is a non-profit organisation, founded

European Foundation of Human Rights at the harvest festival in Soleczniki!

European Foundation of Human Rights informs that it took part in the harvest festival in Soleczniki on September 16th. The festival was organized by the local government and Culture Centre in Soleczniki.

The agricultural fair attracted many visitors, among them also Poles. Thanks to it the Foundation attracted great interest among the participants of the event. It traditionally handed out leaflets on human rights  ( and other Council of Europe’s and EU’s brochures