Human Rights in Lithuania

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Lithuanian Parliament to Consider Further Limitations on LGBT* Rights

On March 10th, 2018 the Lithuanian Parliament approved its agenda for the upcoming plenary session. The approved agenda includes three homophobic and transphobic legislative initiatives seeking to further limit LGBT* human rights in Lithuania. The Parliament is going to consider (1) total ban on gender reassignment procedure, (2) Constitutional amendment on definition of family life
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IGLYO’s LGBTQI Inclusive Education Index: Lithuania Ranks 30th out of 47 CoE Member States

On January 23, Members of the European Parliament, representatives from European Institutions, Member State governments, and civil society organisations met at the European Parliament for the launch of the first LGBTQI Inclusive Education Index and Report, created by IGLYO – The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer & Intersex (LGBTQI) Youth and Student Organisation. The
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2017 LGBT* Rights in Lithuania Overview: Challenges and Victories

As we begin another year of LGBT* human rights activism, it’s important to stop for a moment to assess what the LGBT* rights movement in Lithuania was able to achieve in 2017, and what political and social circumstances will continue to impact our community this year. 2016’s parliamentary elections, and the “peasants” and “social workers”
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One Decade of EVS in LGL: What does it Mean to Volunteer at Lithuania’s National LGBT* Rights Organization?

2017 marks 10 years since the National LGBT* rights organization LGL began accepting EVS volunteers. What does LGL’s involvement in this international volunteer program mean for young people? What experiences can volunteers share while carrying out unpaid work valuable to the local community in the social, cultural, youth and public information spheres? How does this
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“Rainbow Rights” Regional Seminar took place in Vilnius

On 23rd November, 2017 the National LGBT* rights organization LGL, in collaboration with the Ministry of Justice Finland, the association Seta – LGBTI Rights in Finland, the Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities and the Embassy of Finland in Lithuania invited to the regional seminar under the framework of the project “Rainbow Rights –
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Lithuanian “Human Rights Oscars” Awarded at the Palace of the Grand Dukes

On the evening of March 22nd at the Palace of the Grand Dukes, the National Equality and Diversity Awards took place. A commission and online voters selected people, organizations and initiatives to be honored for their contributions in the field of human rights in 2017. Individuals and initiatives were awarded in eight categories: The Breakthrough

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LGL and Embassies Cooperate on the Rainbow Days 2018

On March 26th, 2018 a meeting in preparation for the upcoming „Rainbow Days“ 2018 festival, organized by the National LGBT* rights organization LGL, was held at the Swedish Embassy in Vilnius. During the meeting the representatives of LGL and foreign embassies discussed the possible cooperation in organizing the upcoming „Rainbow Days“ 2018 festival and ways

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The Association of Young Psychiatrists and more than thirty other organisations condemn the Parliament’s intention to ban gender reassignment in Lithuania. On 20th March, 2017 the organisations circulated their position to the Lithuanian Parliament, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Justice, stating that a compelling proposal by the Parliament to ban gender reassignment

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Rainbow Rights Project Partners Met in Helsinki (Finland)

On March 7th, 2018 representatives of the National LGBT* rights organization LGL attended a Rainbow Rights: Promoting LGBTI Equality in Europe project steering committee meeting held in Helsinki (Finland). During the meeting, the project partners discussed forthcoming activities and events, shared ideas about how to make project activities more visible and reviewed project’s communication plan

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Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union issued a statement explaining why the Istanbul Convention on violence against women will not be ratified in the Lithuanian Parliament’s Spring Session. The widespread declaration states that the Istanbul Convention is being “assessed controversially” and should be addressed primarily to those members of the Council of Europe who have not

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Ausma Sakalauskaitė (35) is an organist who teaches music, plays in churches and at funerals, and although she is not an LGBT activist, being in the closet is definitely not an option for her. In this report, she tells us about the price of being out in public, working in the countryside and about some

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Lithuanian University of Educational Sciences (LEU) asked a transgender person, who has recently changed her legal documents, to submit a declaration stating that she has lost her diploma. According to LEU, this is the sole way to receive a duplicate diploma. Since cases like this are not regulated, transgender people can find themselves in absurd

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Lithuanian Parliament to Consider Further Limitations on LGBT* Rights

On March 10th, 2018 the Lithuanian Parliament approved its agenda for the upcoming plenary session. The approved agenda includes three homophobic and transphobic legislative initiatives seeking to further limit LGBT* human rights in Lithuania. The Parliament is going to consider (1) total ban on gender reassignment procedure, (2) Constitutional amendment on definition of family life

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LGL Supports EU Efforts to Combat Hate Speech Online

On March 22th, 2018 the representative of the National LGBT* Rights Organization LGL Tomas Vytautas Raskevičius participated in the 5th European Commission’s Meeting of the Sub-group on Countering Hate Speech Online in Brussels (Belgium). The meeting served as an opportunity to discuss joint efforts by the Governments of the Member States, civil society organizations and

Lithuanian Ministry of Health Enables Immediate Access to HIV Treatment

Health Minister Aurelius Veryga has signed an order for patients with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) to start treatment immediately after being diagnosed with it, as opposed to having to wait for the virus to progress. This treatment is expected to be covered by the Mandatory Health Insurance Fund (PDSF). Previously, patients who were HIV positive

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Lithuanian Prime Minister Wants Same-Sex Partnerships Law

Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis used an LGBT rights rally in Vilnius to call on the Lithuanian parliament to pass legislation for registered same-sex partnerships. The Prime Minister of Lithuania chose Valentine’s Day to solicit political support of same-sex couples. The Delfi reported Wednesday that Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis used an LGBT rights rally in the

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“Call It Hate” Kicks-Off in Bergamo (Italy)

Tomas V. Raskevičius, LGL‘s Policy Coordinator, participated in a kick-off meeting for the international project “Call It Hate: Raising Awareness of Anti-LGBT Hate Crime“, held on February 8th-9th, 2018 in Bergamo (Italy). The project builds upon the continuing efforts by the association LGL to counteract the negative phenomenon of anti-LGBT hate crimes and hate speech