Thorbjorn Jagland’s visit in Lithuania

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe came to Lithuania. Apart from discussing with President Dalia Grybauskaitė some matters related to Lithuania’s presidency that comes soon he also criticised a few aspects associated with human rights. He emphasized that Lithuania is a sovereign state and it meets almost all European standards. However, he stressed…

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European Foundation of Human Rights is looking for a translator!

The European Foundation of Human Rights in a public organization headquartered in Vilnius,  and functioning on a non-profit basis. The main aim of our undertakings in promoting civic activities and striving for respecting the rights of socially marginalized groups either because of their ethnic origin, social status, religion, or gender. The European Foundation of Human…

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EFHR lecture in the University of the third age in Vilnius

May 26 this year in the House of Polish Culture (DKP) European Foundation for Human Rights (EFHR) was pleased to provide a great group of Polish lecture at the University of the Third Age in Vilnius under the leadership of Asst. Dr. Richard Kuzma. We were greeted by about 50 person group of students who…

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EFHR on the UNITED training

European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) took part in the international conference UNITED for the second time. The conference was held in Lithuanian city of Trakai this time. The objective of the meeting was to discuss diversity – multiple and intersectional discrimination. Definition and problem of discrimination, racism and equality has been on agenda for a…

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Freedom House changes its report about Lithuania on EFHR’s application

Thanks to efforts of the European Foundation for Human Rights (EFHR) one of the world’s biggest organisations for democracy, Freedom House, has changed its report from the current year. In the report on Lithuania, which is available at http://www.freedomhouse.org/report/freedom-world/2013/lithuania the fragment “The rights of ethnic minorities, who comprise about 16 percent of the population, are…

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Lithuanian language under better constitutional protection

Currently in Lithuania protection of the national language – its usage, correctness and the way in which it should be taken care of – is regulated by the act on the official language of the Republic of Lithuania. However, the spokesman of the Lithuanian Seimas, Vydas Gedvilas, together with members of the Seimas Committee of…

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The UNITED conference in Lithuania

On 26th – 31th May 2013 in Lithuania the UNITED conference entitled “Rethinking Diversity – Challenges for Equality in Europe and new responses” is going to take place. The aim of the conference is to analyze in detail the term “identity”. More than 80 participants from various countries are going to discuss the questions such…

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Europe Day has passed

The Europe Day is an annual celebration observed on 9 of May. To celebrate it the European Foundation of Human Rights organized again a trip to the Vilnius Center (Lukiŝkių Square). The Foundation tent was an attraction for many passers-by, tourists, and even hurrying to their offices the Vilnius residents. EFHR, as always, made available…

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EFHR supports OSCE in trying to improve the voting rights in Lithuania, which would enable widening national minorities’ representation in Lithuanian politics

In relation to the report from July 2012 about preparation to parliamentary elections in Lithuania, on January 3rd 2013 OSCE published a comprehensive report on the course of the voting itself, which took place in October 2012. The aim of the report was to present suggestions which could be used by Lithuanian authorities in future…

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Check your knowledge!

On the eve of the Presidency of Lithuania in the Council of Europe, the “European examination” is organized for the fourth time. The participants are going to be schools, public and private organizations, and NGOs. The examination has been organized by the European Commission Representation in Lithuania. On 9th May the “European examination” is going…

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Europe Day – let’s celebrate it together!

Europe Day is celebrated on May 9th. It commemorates the date of May 9th, 1950, when Robert Schuman, a French Foreign Minister from 1948 – 1952, presented his declaration called the Schuman Declaration or the Schuman Plan. That plan became a new form of political cooperation in Europe which prevented a new war from breaking…

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Contracts of employment in a foreign language also in Lithuania

The internal law of a member state of the European Union (EU) cannot impose that contracts of employment with an international element must be made only in the official language of a given country. Each person coming from a member state of the EU has the right to access gainful employment and to perform professional…

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Promote the activities of EFHR!

As every year, until 2nd May everyone can give the 2% of their income to our Foundation. Thanks to your support we will be able to continue our actions for respecting the human rights and national minorities in Lithuania. EFHR priorities in 2013 is assuring the adoption of the necessary laws aimed at ensuring the…

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Tomasz Prądzyński — an intern in the EFHR

Tomasz Prądzyński has already begun a six-month internship at the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) within a European Commission funding programme—Leaonardo da Vinci. The programme is aimed at graduates of master programms who are willing to broaden their vocational skills. A conception of this kind of projects is to combine theory with practice and…

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We invite you to participate in the International Summer Academy for Peace and Intercultural Dialogue!

The Institute for Peace and Dialogue organises the International Summer Academy for Peace and Intercultural Dialogue. The training will take place between 1st and 11th September 2013 in Vienna (Austria). The main objective of the training is supporting institutionalised education for peace, and gaining abilities and experience in intercultural dialogue. The target groups, which can…

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Professor Fernand de Varennes visits Lithuania

One of the most famous experts in defending human rights, professor Fernand de Varennes has visited Lithuania. He is considered one of the best specialists in the domain of linguistic human rights. His most famous works, for which he was distinguished, are Language, Minorities and Human Rights (1996) and A Guide to the Rights of…

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Trainings „Diversity among us”

A diversity policy, if introduced in a sensible way, may become a source of comfort for people working in an institution or a company, independently on their gender, race, sexual orientation or physical state. During the trainings, the organisers were trying to show the importance of open and diverse society and the sense of the…

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Another criminal penalty for a comment in the cyberspace

The Adminisative Court of Raseiniai ordered a criminal penalty for an inhabitant of Raseinai as punishment for a humiliating comment that publicly encouraged hatred and nationality-based discrimination. Once again we see the effects of the campaign run by the European Foundation of Human Rights concentrating on submitting claims to the prosecution service (for more info:…

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