Lecture on human rights at Vilnius Salininkai gymnasium

On Monday, December 3rd of 2018 representatives of the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) visited the Vilnius Salininkai gymnasium, where they delivered a lecture to pupils from 7 to 11 grades and their teachers on human rights and hate speech. Foundation’s lawyer Monika Guliakaitė briefly outlined the activities of the Foundation, key areas for…

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Additional financial support for national minority schools

2018 November 13 The Minister of Education and Science of the Republic of Lithuania, Jurgita Petrauskienė, adopted an order confirming the list of schools that will receive education vouchers – targeted funds to improve educational achievements of pupils. A total of 180 schools of general education have been selected. Over two years, schools will receive…

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Decision by the french court on the original spelling of personal names

An appeals court in Brittany (France) ruled that personal identification documents may contain the name Fañch’s original spelling – with the symbol ñ, overturning an earlier decision that the name could not be officially registered because the letter did not exist in French. Although the Breton language has no status of an official language, while…

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New ODIHR data on hate crimes for 2017

To mark the International Day for Tolerance, the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) released new hate crime data for 2017 on November 16th. The published report contains data provided by 39 participating States, including official statistics from 34 of them and police statistics from 23 of them. Additionally, the information was…

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International Day for Tolerance November 16th, 2018

November 16th marks the International Day for Tolerance. Its annual observance day was declared by UNESCO in 1995 to generate public awareness of the dangers of intolerance. Since then, the day is annually observed by The United Nations to educate people about the need for tolerance in society and to help them understand the negative…

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9th of November: International Day against Fascism and Antisemitism

In 1933, after the Nazi Party rose to power, Jews became victims of the most discriminated violence perpetrated in world history. November 9th 1938 marks the date of the symbolic beginning of the Holocaust and the massive atrocities perpetrated by totalitarian regimes against the Jews, Roma people, disables and political opponents. During that night, synagogues…

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EFHR welcomes a new intern: Kseniya

Kseniya Susha – originally from Belarus – is a student of Master Program in Diplomacy at Vytautas Magnus University. She received her first degree in Intercultural Communications in Minsk and decided to put her theoretical knowledge in that field into practice throwing herself into a new environment – for Master Studies in Lithuania. Additionally, she…

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Changes in the EFHR team

EFHR has a new team member. It is Monika Guliakaitė, 5th year student of Vilnius University Faculty of Law. Monika joined EFHR as a volunteer during the summer and from this November she started as a EFHR lawyer. Monika will be responsible for monitoring hate-speech comments and discriminatory job advertisements as well as submitting complaints…

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The Training “The Language Rights of Linguistic Minorities International Standards and Their Significance”

The free of charge training called “The Language Rights of Linguistic Minorities: International Standards and their Significance”, organized be the European Foundation oh Human Rights (EFHR), was held on October 30th 2018. Participates were invited to look closely at the international human rights standards which form the basis of the recently published UN practical guide…

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ERHR organized the conference “Legal regulation on national minorities – theory and practice”

On the October 29th of 2018 the international conference “Legal regulation for national minorities – theory and practice” took place at the Vilnius City Municipality. The conference started with the opening remarks from Remigijus Šimašius, the Mayor of Vilnius.  During the conference, 9 speakers delivered reports on these topics: Rights of national minorities in Lithuanian…

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Court decided – “Jacquet” instead of “Žakė”

After examining the case of the records of surnames of a children with dual citizenship in the records of civil status, Vilnius city District Court has decided to oblige the Civil Registry Office to change the surnames of children from “Žakė” to its original surname “Jacquet”, and to issue a birth certificate. In the French…

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EFHR conducted training for human rights defenders from Belarus

2018 October 16 Leszek Jankowski, a lawyer from the European Human Rights Foundation (EFHR), was invited to conduct a training on legal regulation against discrimination in Lithuania, as well as tools to combat hate speech, hate crimes and other challenges faced by the Foundation. The training was attended by specialists from non-governmental organizations, state institutions…

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EFHR discussion „There is no place for racism in football“

Yesterday, 11th of October European Fundation of Human Rights held a debate on “There is no place for racism in football”, during which was a discussion about tolerance limits, athletes’ experiences, the Equal Opportunities Office practice in combating discrimination, and the case law of the European Court of Justice in similar cases. Audience also sought…

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The EFHR discussion in Birstonas – Insights and Summaries

In September 8th,  The European Foundation for Human Rights (EFHR) participated in the discussion festival “Būtent!” in Birštonas, where made a debate on topic  “Lithuanian language – is an idol or a alive instrument?”. Mark Adam Harold, Member of the Vilnius City Municipal Council, Audrys Antanaitis, Chairman of the State Commission of the Lithuanian Language,…

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Training Course “Hate Speech Fighters” in Bulgaria

The Project “Hate Speech Fighters” was held in Bansko, Bulgaria from 11 until 18 September 2018. European Foundation of Human rights’ (EFHR) lawyer Leszek Jankowski and intern Jurgita Gurskaitė took place in this training course. The project involved youth workers from 10 countries (Spain, Italy, The Netherlands, Estonia, Romania, Lithuania, Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, and Bulgaria).…

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EFHR would like to invite you to take part in a free training “The Language Rights of Linguistic Minorities: International Standards and their Significance”

The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) would like to invite you to take part in a training called “The Language Rights of Linguistic Minorities: International Standards and their Significance”. The training will be conducted by Dr Fernand Varennes – an extraordinary professor at the Faculty of Law of the University of Pretoria and Cheng Yu…

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