EFHR has a new volunteer

Filip Król is an M.A. student of International Relations at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. Filip has many interests, particularly issues related to national minorities in Eastern Europe. Filip’s dream is to find the factors influencing the perception of cultural diversity in societies of Eastern Europe. As an idealist, he believes that all tensions between societies are an…

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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…

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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…

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EFHR warmly welcomes the declarations of Vilnius mayoral candidates

The sixth meeting of the Polish Discussion Club (Polski Klub Dyskusyjny) took place at the Institute of International Relations and Political Science of Vilnius University on January 15th. During the meeting there was a debate between Vilnius mayoral candidates. The upcoming elections are crucial as this will mark the first time that voters will directly choose the…

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Third Opinion of the Advisory Committee on the implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities (FCNM) in Lithuania

The Third Opinion of the Advisory Committee of the Council of Europe on the implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities (FCNM) in Lithuania was adopted on 28 November 2013 and published on the website of the Council of Europe on 10 October 2014. The document, which was not disclosed to the…

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EFHR is looking for new employees!

The European Foundation of Human Rights is looking for new employees for the positions of: Administrator Project Coordinator The offer is addressed to people interested in human rights and the rights of national minorities. We are looking for an ambitious person who wants to learn and develop, and who has some computer skills. Legal and accountancy…

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The winners of the project “Europeans, Poles, Citizens” and the competition “Human rights in children’s eyes” have been chosen

This year marks the end of the innovative project “Europeans, Poles, Citizens”, carried out by The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR). The selection of the winners of the examination in civics as part of the project took place on the 20th of December during a solemn gala at the hotel “Runmins”. More information about the project…

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Grants for cultural projects for national minorities

The Lithuanian Ministry of Culture has announced a call for projects aimed at promoting the cultures of national minorities. Legal entities working in a cultural field in Lithuania could receive partial financial support (up to 80%) for projects which are signed between 15th November and 15th December 2014. This year financial grants will be allocated…

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Hidden traps in the Constitutional Act on the State Language

On 18 November 2014, the Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania held a press conference on ‘The erroneous interpretation of the Constitutional Act on the State Language’, in which the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) asked some fundamental questions. Back in July this year, the EFHR presented the opinion on the draft law, indicating…

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EFHR helps children from orphanages

On 20th November people all over the world celebrate Universal Children’s Day. Today marks the  55th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Rights of the Child and the 25th anniversary of the enacting of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Therefore, the European Foundation of Human Rights wants to draw attention to…

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EFHR fights against Racism and Anti-Semitism

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) wishes to express its concerns regarding the growing success of extreme right nationalist parties in recent parliamentary elections across Europe. Our foundation strongly believes that these tendencies must be stopped and actions must be taken in order to prevent the repeat of historical events like the terrible persecution of…

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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…

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Become an intern at the European Foundation of Human Rights

The European Foundation of Human Rights is a public non-profit organization based in Vilnius. It was founded in 2010 as a reaction to an increase in the number of violations of human rights and the rights of national minority groups in Lithuania. The main aim of our actions is the promotion of the activities of citizens and…

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Training for new European Voluntary Service volunteers

“On-Arrival Training” was organized in Bebrusu Dvaras between 15-18 October 2014 for new participants of the European Voluntary Service in Lithuania. Some 20 people from 7 countries took part in the training session, among them two volunteers from the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR). The European Voluntary Service (EVS) is an international volunteer programme funded by the European…

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Learn English with EFHR!

We have started an extremely interesting project! The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) has come  up with the idea of creating a website www.nauka.efhr.eu where people learning English or those who are planning to but are not able to can practice the language for free. With a bit of motivation you will start to speak,…

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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…

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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…

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