Two hateful crimes exposed in half a month

In the past two weeks Lithuania witnessed two hate crimes said to have been driven by homophobia. On June 24th an explosive device was thrown at singer Ruslanas Kirilkinas during his performance in Linksmakalnis village and on July 7th Agness Landau posted a status on her Facebook wall about the violence her friend had experienced

Norwegian Health Minister promises change to gender recognition law

Norway’s health minister has pledged to push through laws to allow transgender people to change their gender in the country’s population register without being castrated or otherwise sterilized. “I am clear that the present system is not acceptable,” Bent Høie told the country’s national broadcaster NRK. “The system we have in Norway today in this

On 19 June 2014 the Lithuanian Parliament Seimas refused to drop the controversial amendment to the Criminal Code, which would remove criminal liability for homophobic hate speech. 18 MPs voted in favor of considering this amendment further while 11 MPs abstained (29 MPs in total), thus outnumbering 25 MPs who voted against the proposal. According

PACE member passes on his award to Lithuanian and Russian LGBT organizations

Every year the biggest Internet community for LGBT people in Norway, Gaysir.no, honors the most valuable personality for the LGBT people in Norway or abroad. This year Håkon Haugli – Member of the Parliamentary Assembly of Council of Europe (PACE), deputy representative at the Parliament of Norway and a jurist – got this award. The

Prominent activists from Eastern Europe gather in Oslo for EuroPride

LLH – The Norwegian LGBT Organisation, Amnesty International and the Norwegian Helsinki Committee have launched an initiative to bring prominent LGBT activists from Eastern Europe together at EuroPride 2014 in Oslo, Norway. Uniting against the homophobic backlash in Eastern Europe, prominent LGBT activist from six countries will meet and develop common strategies at Pride House

In relation to the conference of the EU parliament speakers which took place in Vilnius on the 6-8th of April, association LGL has sent out the letters to the members of national delegations. LGL requested them seize an opportunity to express disapproval of the draft amendments restricting LGBT persons’ rights which are to be considered

This week LGL has submitted a report on the implementation of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights regarding the article 12 on the right to protection of health. In the report LGL has commented on the current situation in Lithuania regarding access by transgender persons to gender reassignment treatment. In the report

The appeal for the EP election campaign free from discrimination and intolerance

On Wednesday 19 March, ILGA-Europe and ENAR (European Network Against Racism) are launching an Appeal for an European election campaign free from discrimination and intolerance with a press conference in the European Parliament. This Appeal is an important symbol, but it is also more than a symbol. The 2014 European Parliament elections are taking place in

The draft amendment to the Code of Administrative Violations, proposed by MP P. Gražulis, seeks to introduce administrative liability for any public defiance of the constitutionally established family values. According to this amendment, actions considered as defying traditional family values will result in administrative fine ranging from 1000 to 6000 LTL (300-1800 EUR). The draft

The need to talk about LGBT people’s reality in Lithuania

On Sunday, 12th of January, the news of the suicide of Šarūnas from Biržai district has appeared in the media. According to the comments of his acquaintances, the presumable reason of Šarūnas suicide was his sexual orientation. The boy felt emotional pressure in the family and did not have a close person to whom he

Europe must react to escalation of human rights violations in Lithuania

On 26 November 2013, Seimas (Lithuanian Parliament) voted to proceed with a consideration of an amendment to the country’s Code of Administrative Offences which aims to limit freedom of association, assembly and expression of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) people. Seimas members voted to consider this amendment despite the fact that the parliamentary Human Rights Committee suggested

In March 2013 LGL started the implementation of the project Ensuring the effective exercise of the right to freedom of peaceful assembly for LGBT community through strategic litigation and advocacy. Strategic Litigation Process for the Right to Organize the Baltic Pride 2013 March for Equality Documentation Report is one of the results in the course