aA
The European Court of Human Rights has asked the Lithuanian government for an update on the latest changes of the country's legal system in connection to entering a person's first and last name in passports and other official documents in non-Lithuanian letters.
Lithuanian passport
Lithuanian passport
© DELFI / Šarūnas Mažeika

The plea was sent to Lithuania following receipt of a petition from Lithuanian citizen Jolanta Wittib married to an Austrian man. The woman said she was not allowed to have her last name spelled with a w in her passport and marriage certificate, which was a violation of the private and family life guaranteed in the European Convention of Human Rights..

Over the past few years, Lithuania's administrative courts ordered a few offices of civil registry to enter names with w, which does not exist in the Lithuanian alphabet, in passports and marriage certificates.

However, the Strasbourg court brought attention to the public information, which suggests that the court rulings cannot be executed until adoption of relevant legal acts, the government said in a press release.

Lithuania's parliament is currently discussing a few bills that would allow original spelling of non-Lithuanian names. The discussions mainly focus on whether the non-Lithuanian characters w, q and x should be allowed in the main page of the passport to spouses of foreigners or whether the right should also be granted to Polish nationals living in Lithuania based on the names of their ancestors.

|Populiariausi straipsniai ir video

Famous Lithuanian poet Navakas dies

Famous Lithuanian poet Kestutis Navakas died on Sunday at the age of 55.

Another original copy of Feb 16, 1949 declaration found (1)

Staff members of the Lithuanian Special Archives have found another original copy of the Declaration...

Linguists: Lithuania needs to accept life with English language and change law (1)

Lithuania's Law on State Language needs to be amended and adapted to the existing reality, linguists...

February in Kaunas: theatre and dance

The January blues is over, and Kaunas is ready to rumble. Our cultural institutions are busy...

Zebriunas’ film “The Girl and the Echo” to be screened in France

Arūnas Žebriūnas ’ film The Girl and the Echo (1964) was acquired for distribution in France ....

Top news

Commission calls for state-level emergency over coronavirus threat

The Lithuanian government's Emergency Commission recommended on Monday that the government declare a...

Tensions with president push PM's rating further down

Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis ' popularity rating has dropped further down amid the...

Kazakh student got “Vilnius” tattoo and honed cooking skills

Having won a Lithuanian State Scholarship , Kazakh student Adil Karim from Almaty came to...

Lithuanian businesses might feel coronavirus effect in spring

The coronavirus outbreak in China is already affecting Lithuanian businesses as some companies...

Experience Lithuanian culture: Užgavėnės in Kaunas

In Lithuania, we call the holiday Užgavėnės, which can be loosely translated into ‘Before fasting...

|Maža didelių žinių kaina