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…

Another EFHR and Trakai Secondary School success

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) is glad to report on another court case victory thanks to legal aid provided by the foundation in the preparation of a defense claim. The case concerned a member of the representational committee of the Secondary School in Trakai who had allegedly violated Lithuanian administrative law by organizing a…

Alternative NGO Report on Lithuania’s Implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

The European Foundation of Human Rights’ (EFHR) alternative report aims to highlight the protection of minorities since Lithuania’s ratification of the Framework Convention for the Protection of the Rights of National Minorities (the ‘FCNM’) on 17 February 2000 (the treaty came into force in Lithuania on 1 July 2000). This report also provides data and documents that might…

Samir Safarli – New EFHR trainee

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) is glad to introduce you to our new intern, Samir Safarli, who comes from Azerbaijan. For the last two years Samir has been studying international law at the International School of Law and Business in Vilnius. Samir has always been interested in human rights as they are the essence…

EFHR representative at UNOY training

On April 28th to May 3rd in the Hague (the Netherlands) the “Storytelling for peace” workshop took place during which participants had an opportunity to master their storytelling skills in order to build world peace. Dorota Skoczyk, a representative of the European Foundation of Human Rights, also took part in the workshop. Its aim was…

Success of the High School in Trakai

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) is glad to announce the decision adopted on May 15 by the Council of Local Region to grant the Polish minority High School in Trakai accreditation. We have previously reported the earlier steps taken by the school authorities and EFHR. EFHR is pleased that the issue of failure…

The latest report concerning racism and discrimination on the Lithuanian labour market

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) invites everyone to familiarize themselves with the latest report of the European Network Against Racism (ENAR) regarding the years 2012-2013, and published in May 2014. It is the account concerning “Racism and Related Discriminatory Practices in Employment in Lithuania”. The statement was prepared by Birutė Sabatauskaitė and Eglė Urbonaitė…

EFHR invited for a speech at the International School of Law and Business

The International School of Law and Business (ISLB) under its Erasmus Intensive Programme entitled “Security, Human rights and Democratization/Globalization: New Challenges for the European Union” invited the European Foundation of Human Rights to give a speech about human and national minority rights on April 30 2014 . The EFHR was represented by its intern, Júlio…

Charity campaign for orphanages organized by EFHR

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) is very glad that we had an opportunity to wage a charity campaign in the orphanages in Vilnius and in the Vilnius region. During the Easter holidays, EFHR representatives visited children from orphanages in Šalčininkai, Pabradė, Nemenčinė and Antakalnis. The children received gifts paid for by private donors. The heads of…

EFHR at the International Academic Conference

On 9th April the international academic conference entitled  „The home Europe: European political thought and the challenges of the XXI Century“, took place. The event was organized by the Polish Association For Political Thought [Polskie Towarzystwo Myśli Politycznej] and the Association of Scientist Poles of Lithuania [Stowarzyszenie Naukowców Polaków Litwy]. Considering the current topics that…

A New movie of Council of Europe

The Council of Europe, the organization working on the promotion and protection of human rights, democracy, the rule of law and cooperation between all EU member countries, has made a film about its activities. The film reveals that the Council of Europe (CE) acts to improve the quality of life of over 800 million people living…

EFHR lecture for German students

On March 15 2014, the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) organized a lecture about the situation of national minorities in Lithuania. The lecture was addressed to 20 students and 2 teachers from Chemnitz University of Technology in Germany. The students of the European study programme have a project about national minorities in Lithuania and…

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.…

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…

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…

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 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…

EFHR has made legal punishments for offensive comments becoming a standard procedure

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) is overjoyed with another success and another case won. Vilnius City District Court (Vilniaus miesto apylinkės teismas) issued a writ concerning another offensive comment written under an article published online by a Lithuanian citizen, Romualdas R, in which he compared Poles to “gays”. The comment by Mr Romualdas…

Final Ceremony of EFHR Competitions

On December 21, a final gala of a student competition entitled ‘How do you understand Human Rights?’ and a summary of the project ‘The Europeans, Poles, Citizens’, organised by the European Foundation of Human Rights (ECHR) was held in the aula of a Runmis hotel. Implementation of the project the ‘Europeans, Poles, Citizens’, addressed to…

EFHR marks the International Human Rights Day with a training

To mark the International Human Rights Day, on December 19 and 20 the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) held an open lecture and training in the field of human rights and international law. The training was given by a distinguished lawyer and expert in international law, professor Fernand de Varenness. During the lecture, which…