1) In its report on Lithuania (fifth monitoring cycle) published on 7 June 2016, ECRI recommended that the Lithuanian authorities, as part of the Action Plan for Roma Integration 2015-2020, resolve the difficult housing situation of Roma, inter alia by (i) co-operating more closely with and financially supporting relevant local authorities, in particular the Municipality … Continue reading "ECRI conclusions on implementing its recommendations (excerpt on Roma), 2019"
II. Article-by-article findings (..) Article 5 of the Framework Convention Support for the preservation and development of national minority cultures [..] 39. The Advisory Committee notes with satisfaction an increased interest in and a number of activities on the Roma Holocaust. The Ministry of Culture published a leaflet and a children’s book on this topic. … Continue reading "FCNM Advisory Committee 4th opinion on Lithuania (excerpts on Anti-Semitism and historical memory), 2018"
Summary [..] The absence of a comprehensive legislative framework, however, continues to impede the implementation of a number of important language rights contained within the Framework Convention. These concern in particular the spelling of names in official documents and the use of minority languages on topographic indications. Public debates on these issues continue to be … Continue reading "FCNM Advisory Committee 4th opinion on Lithuania (excerpts on personal names, streetsigns, placenames), 2018"
Summary Lithuanian society is largely characterised by tolerance and respect with regard to persons belonging to national minorities. The authorities continue to maintain an inclusive approach towards the scope of application of the Framework Convention. A Department for National Minorities has been re-established, which has rendered national minority issues more visible in national politics and … Continue reading "FCNM Advisory Committee 4th opinion on Lithuania (excerpts on integration), 2018"
I. Key findings [..] General overview of the current situation [..] 5. [..] The Advisory Committee learned that, similarly, some minority representatives in Kaunas felt insufficiently involved in the preparations of the city’s celebrations as European Capital of Culture in 2022. The Advisory Committee considers that it would make sense to actively grasp any opportunity … Continue reading "FCNM Advisory Committee 4th opinion on Lithuania (excerpts on culture and religion), 2018"
I. Key findings [..] Assessment of measures taken to implement the recommendations for immediate action [..] 11. The numerically small population of Roma7 in Lithuania continues to have very limited access to the rights enshrined in the Framework Convention (see Articles 4, 12 and 15). However, the Advisory Committee is pleased to note that progress … Continue reading "FCNM Advisory Committee 4th opinion on Lithuania (excerpts on participation), 2018"