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…

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EFHR at the ENAR Conference

A conference titled “European Anti-Racist Convention: Setting the Movement in Motion!”, held by the European Network Against Racism (ENAR), took place in Brussels on 20-21 June 2014. The conference was attended by over 100 participants from across the European Union (EU) including international law experts, representatives of EU institutions and bodies, and non-governmental organizations. This…

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The lack of law on national minorities is a serious problem

Despite the fact that the topic of national minorities in Lithuania is raised very often, no measures are yet accepted to solve the legal issues related to this. The lack of law on national minorities causes confusion in the political arena and also creates a number of legal problems. During a visit to Warsaw, on the…

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SCLL is not against the original spelling of forenames and surnames

In April of this year the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) appealed to the State Commission for Lithuanian Language (SCLL, Valstybinė lietuvių kalbos komisija), whose function is the formation of guidelines in relation to state language policy, introducing arguments for accepting proper legal regulations concerning the issue of the spelling of forenames and surnames. Also,…

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EFHR changes working hours

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) would like to inform everyone, that from June 9th 2014, the foundation’s working hours have changed to this: Monday-Thursday: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm Friday – 8:30 am – 4:00 pm Anyone who would like to register for a consultation with a lawyer should contact us on: +37069150822 or by…

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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…

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EFHR has became a member of ENAR

The European Foundation of Human Rights is pleased to inform you that its request to become a member of ENAR (European Network Against Racism) has been approved. ENAR is the European anti-racist network that advocates for racial equality as well as facilitating cooperation between civil society. The organization was founded in 1998. Its mission was to cause changes…

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Bilingual Signboards are standard in the European Union

As of today there are 24 official languages in the European Union (EU). However, Europeans use approximately 60 additional local and minority languages, which, according to the estimated statistics, are used by some 40 million EU citizens. The linguistic and cultural diversity of Europeans is perhaps the EU’s greatest strength – but, at the same…

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EFHR members at the UNOY workshop

On April 27 – May 3rd 2014 young peace-builders, storytellers and youth workers from the Euro-Mediterranean region participated in a workshop „Storytelling for peace“ in The Hague, the Netherlands. The purpose of the training was to understand the relationship between storytelling and peace-building and to share, develop and learn skills in storytelling as a tool…

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New human rights network and platform ”Liberties.eu” launched

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) is glad to introduce you to a new network for human rights news and e-participation website, the “European Liberties Platform” (ELP). According to its mission, ELP is focused on granting civil liberties of organizations and their supporters through the innovative use of electronic participation. European Liberties Platform is…

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Research results on human rights confirms the EFHR view

At the request of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Lithuania, the company “Baltijos tyrimai” conducted public opinion research on human rights knowledge. The research revealed that most of Lithuania’s inhabitants feel that they have almost no knowledge of their rights or the knowledge they do have is insufficient. Some 83% of respondents…

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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…

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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…

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Alternative critical opinion concerning the original spelling of names and surnames in identity documents

On 25 April 2014 a discussion concerning the spelling of names and surnames was held in the Institute of the Lithuanian Language. Linguists, lawyers and cultural activists participated in the discussion. During the conclusion to the discussion the opinion of one linguist’s opinion was heard. This linguist expressed his disagreement to changing the way in which surnames…

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The Strasbourg Manifesto

On 17 April 2014 the Intergroup for Traditional Minorities, National Communities and Languages of the European Parliament approved “The Strasbourg Manifesto” on the protection of national minorities and languages within the framework of the European Union. The document focuses on the main problem areas and makes recommendations such as the EU initiating a national and…

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The aim of EFHR court cases – detecting gaps in the law

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) is a non-governmental organization working for the sake of defending human rights and national minorities in Lithuania. One of the aims of EFHR is to detect gaps in the legal system. The foundation conducts court cases in order to detect such gaps in the Lithuanian law, which in…

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Draft law concerning spelling of names and surnames – a big failure

On April 10 this year, the next draft law in the Lithuanian Parliament concerning the spelling of names and surnames in documents was registered. The proposal was signed by the members of all factions, except for the Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania. An alternative project promises the possibility to write “names and surnames” in…

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