Original spelling of names and surnames is a problem for all Lithuanian citizens

The Right to the original spelling of name and surname constitutes one of the core rights of every citizen. The possibility of proper usage of the law and respecting it should be unconditionally provided by each and every country. The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) would like to remind all that the European Court of…

Disadvantageous changes to the Constitutional draft law on the State Language

Currently, in Lithuania, the law on the State Language (Valstybinės kalbos įstatymas), adopted January 31, 1995, according to signs in the Republic of Lithuania, must be written in the state language. Inscriptions in other languages can only be displayed for tourism purposes, but in other languages their size cannot be larger than the same sign…

Starting from 2015 a passport will become a document that confirms national identity

„Who are you?” – The answer for this question will soon be displayed on the front page of newly issued passports of citizens of The Republic of Lithuania. On 10th July of this year the Parliament accepted the amendment to the Passport Regulation (Lietuvos Respublikos paso įstatymas), which introduces the possibility to include a citizen’s nationality…

Amendments for the Bill of National Minorities accepted

There is no act on national minorities in Lithuania since 2010. Discussion of the bill’s premise was listed for deliberations and cancelled at the last moment numerous times. On 17th July 2014 important decisions were taken on that matter, however, the decisions differed from the previous arrangements.  In the last sitting in the spring session,…

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…

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…

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…

Cyber crimes give rise to criminal liability

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR), with great pleasure, encounters an increasingly serious approach towards cyber-crime by the institutions and courts of the Republic of Lithuania. This positively complements the EFHR campaign that began a few years ago and is aimed at reducing the sense of impunity on the part of those violating the dignity of…

Original spelling of surnames should be regulated legally

The issue of the original spelling of forenames and surnames in passports and identity cards still remains one of the most controversial topics, and one regularly covered by media outlets. On the 1st and the 10th of April this year in the Lithuanian Seimas two projects concerning the spelling of forenames and surnames were registered. The…

EFHR opinion on the Nation’s Historical Memory draft law

The third draft law of the Nation’s Historical Memory (Lietuvos Respublikos Tautos istorinės atminties įstatymo projektas) was registered in the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania in February 2014. The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) would like to express its opinion on the draft law and the proposed solutions. In Article 1, it was pointed out…

CASE OF NEKVEDAVIČIUS v. LITHUANIA – Application no. 1471/05 (2013)

Facts: The case concerns the ownership of a plot of land in the city centre of Kaunas, Lithuania. The plot was nationalised following the Soviet occupation in the 1940s. Ownership of the houses was attributed to Mr Nekvedavičius’ father’s former wife, who continued living there until ownership was transferred to third persons in the 1960s.…

CASE OF NOVIKAS v. LITHUANIA – Application no._45756/05 (2010)

Facts: The applicant, Andrejus Novikas, is a Lithuanian national. Following a report to the police by two witnesses, on April 1998 a pre-trial investigation was initiated regarding several crimes and on 28 April 1998 the applicant’s place of residence was searched. On September 1999 the applicant was officially informed of the accusations, questioned as an…

CASE OF PADALEVIČIUS v. LITHUANIA – Application no. 12278/03

Facts: The applicant, Juozas Padalevičius, is a Lithuanian national. The case concerned Mr Padalevičius’s complaint about the excessive length of civil litigation and about the annulment of the land-purchase agreement. He further argued that the compensation granted to him by the domestic courts for that land had been derisory. Mr Padalevičius became the owner of…

CASE OF PAKSAS v. LITHUANIA – Application no. 34932/04 (2011)

Facts: The applicant, Rolandas Paksas, is a former President of Lithuania who was removed from office by Parliament following impeachment proceedings for committing a gross violation of the Constitution and breaching the constitutional oath. The Constitutional Court found that, while in office as President, the applicant had, unlawfully and for his own personal ends, granted…

CASE OF RAMANAUSKAS v. LITHUANIA – Application no_74420/01 (2008)

Facts: The applicant, Kęstas Ramanauskas, is a Lithuanian national. He worked as a prosecutor in the Kaišiadorys region. He submitted that he had been approached through a private acquaintance by a person previously unknown to him who was, in fact, an officer from a special anti-corruption police unit. The officer offered the applicant a bribe…

CASE OF SAVENKOVAS v. LITHUANIA – Application no. 871/02 (2009)

Facts: The case concerned Mr Savenkovas’ complaint about the conditions of his detention in Vilnius prisons until July 2003 and the censorship of his correspondence by the prison administration. The Applicant, a person with previous convictions, was convicted in October 2000 of robbery, illegal possession of ammunition, assault and an attempt to abscond. He was…

CASE OF SIDABRAS AND DŽIAUTAS v. LITHUANIA – Applications no. 55480/00 and 59330/00

Facts: The case concerns two applicants,  Mr Juozas Sidabras and Mr Kęstutis Džiautas, who are both Lithuanian nationals. They both worked for the Lithuanian branch of the KGB (the Soviet Security Service). After 1990, the first Applicant, Mr Sidabras, found employment as a tax inspector at the Inland Revenue and the second Applicant, Mr Džiautas, worked…

CASE OF UŽUKAUSKAS v. LITHUANIA – Application no. 16965/04 (2010)

Facts: The case concerns the complaint by the applicant about the Lithuanian courts having taken decisions in his case on the basis of classified evidence presented by the police and never disclosed to him. The applicant held a firearms licence which was revoked by the Lithuanian authorities on the grounds that he was listed in…