CASE OF ALEKSA V. LITHUANIA – Application no. 27576/05

Facts: Mr Aleksa applied to the European Court of Human Rights against the Republic of Lithuania under Article 6 § 1 of the Convention and Article 1 of Protocol No. 1 to the Convention. On 17 November 1992 the Kaunas City Board restored Mr Aleksa’s property rights to part of a building in Kaunas. In a decision given of…

CASE OF MEILUS V. LITHUANIA – Application no. 53161/99

Facts: Mr Reimundas Meilus applied to the European Court of Human Rights against the Republic of Lithuania under Article 6 § 1 of the Convention (trial within a reasonable time). In November 1994 Mr Meilus became a suspect in a criminal (fraud) case. On 14 August 1996 Mr Meilus was charged on five counts, including cheating and…

CASE OF POCIUS V. LITHUANIA – Application no. 35601/04

Facts: Mr Pocius applied to the European Court of Human Rights alleging that the Lithuanian courts made a judgment in his case on the basis of classified evidence presented by the police and never disclosed it to him. Kaunas City Police informed Mr Pocius that his permits to keep and carry a firearm for defense…

CASE OF ESERTAS v. LITHUANIA – Application no._50208/06 (2012)

In the Chamber’s judgment in the case of ESERTAS v. LITHUANIA (2012) the European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, that there had been: a violation of Article 6 § 1 (right to a fair hearing) of the Convention; Principal facts The applicant, Tomas Esertas, is a Lithuanian national who lives in Kaunas. In May…

CASE OF VENSKUTĖ v. LITHUANIA – Application no._10645/08(2012)

Facts: The applicant, Marytė Venskutė, is a Lithuanian national. The case concerns her complaint that the State Border Guard Service investigators arrived at the restaurant where she was working on 25 May 2005, at about 10.30 a.m., to question her in an insurance fraud case and that she was then taken to their headquarters for…

Ongoing Human Rights Battle – “x” and “w” have the right to exist

The European Foundation of Human Rights brought another action before the Vilnius City Administrative Court concerning the right to privacy protection and respect for family life. The famous poet Adam Mickiewicz’s great-great-grandson, Roman Gorecki-Mickiewicz, asked EFHR for legal assistance in order to protect the rights of his daughter. The client’s daughter was born in Lithuania…

Parental responsibility for the actions of underage children in cyberspace

These days, the internet is not only a source of information. It is also a space for work or making friends and keeping in touch with friends, family and contacts. However, besides all of these benefits, the dangers the Internet brings should also be mentioned. Using the Internet one may feel anonymous, which very often…

Election Tourism in Lithuania

In all countries, the days leading up to elections are filled with exceptional tension and stress, as all of the candidates who have made it to the last leg are determined to make it to the final hurdle and win the race. In the second part of February the Lithuanian media reported information, following the controversial changes to the constituency…

Nationality in passport entry – step by step

In accordance with the changes in Lithuanian passport law on January 1st 2015 there is a possibility to record one’s nationality in a passport. We have already written about this issue before – here and here. The media have recently been reporting on difficulties related to the procedure of entry itself. Therefore we have decided to…

The future of constituency boundaries in Lithuania – will international standards be taken into consideration?

When celebrating Global Elections Day on the 5th of February, the Committee On State Administration And Local Authorities (Seimo Valstybės valdymo ir savivaldybių komitetas) and the Central Electoral Commission (CEC, Vyriausioji rinkimų komisija) organized a conference entitled “Electoral geography: from the analysis of voting behaviour to planning the next elections.” During the conference, the participants could…

Spelling of names and surnames in Poland and the possibility of their change

In recent years, Poland has introduced many changes in legislation concerning the spelling of names and surnames and also in the rules for changing them. It seems that Poland may be a good example of how to adjust the national law when it comes to delicate issues like names and surnames by taking into consideration the needs of…

EFHR encourages law enforcement bodies to change their attitude towards cyber-crimes

On January 29, EFHR was searching the internet and found a page, “People’s Republic of Vilnius – Виленская Народная Республика”, created on a social networking site, Facebook. Its description contained the phrase: “We demand to bring in Polish “green people” to Vilnius and carry out a referendum among the indigenous people there.” EFHR believes that such…

Establishment of Department of National Minorities is a chance for a better future

On 10th November the Strategic Planning Committee of the Government of Lithuania discussed the idea of creating a Department of National Minorities. They have decided that this government department will begin working from July 2015. The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) supports this idea, especially as it is compatible with what the Council of Europe has already suggested. The Council criticized Lithuania for…

Twelve things everyone should know about the European Court of Justice

“Twelve things everyone should know about the European Court of Justice” is a new book written by British author Hugo Brady. The book, published thanks to the Centre for European Reform think-tank, deals with the functions of the one of the most important, but often underestimated institution of the European Union – the European Court of…

The matter of the bilingual street signs almost solved

On 3rd September the District Court of the Šalčininkai Region Council (Šalčininkų rajono apylinkės teismas) imposed a penalty on the Administration Director of the Šalčininkai Region Council for failing to enforce a ruling concerning the removal of bilingual street signs from private houses. A penalty of 1880 litas was imposed on the Administration Director, J. Rybak, who…