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On November 2nd, 2016 the Government of the Republic of Lithuania took part in the 26th session of the United Nations Universal Periodic Review, at which time it presented its report on the human rights situation in the country and responded to other member states’ questions and recommendations. In the 26th session, Lithuania received as

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During a video interview for media outlet Alfa the leader of the ruling Lithuanian Peasant and Green Party Ramūnas Karbauskis insisted that his party „will not have a liberal view on same sex partnership law“. The politician further emphasized that „same sex partnerships will not be considered by the current Lithuanian Parliament“. Earlier this year

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MP Širinskienė: Homosexuality is Not a State of Being

During an interview for a debate show “Teisė Žinoti”, broadcasted by Lithuanian National Radio and Television (LRT) on November 27th, 2016 Agnė Širinskienė, MP and the newly elected Chairwoman for the Committee on Health Affairs of Seimas, equated homosexual relations to smoking and drug abuse, when listing examples of lifestyle choices detrimental to one‘s health.

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On November 14th, 2016 56 members of Lithuanian Peasant and Green Party entered the Lithuanian Parliament. One of the newly elected politicians, MP Agnė Širinskienė, was appointed as a Chairwoman for Committee on Health Affairs of Seimas on November 22nd. A controversy was caused when her Ph.D. dissertation Healthcare issues complicated by AIDS and ethical-moral

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ODIHR Releases Hate Crime Report for 2015

Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)‘s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) released its hate crime report for 2015, consisting of data from 41 participating countries. 113 non-governmental organizations contributed to the data about hate crimes in these 41 countries, including the National LGBT* rights organization LGL, reporting hate crimes in

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20th November: Trans Day of Remembrance

In the past 12 months, from 1st Oct 2015 to 30th Sept 2016, 295 trans and gender diverse people were reported murdered in 33 countries worldwide. This brings the total number of reported killings since 1st Jan 2008 to 2,264. On the 20th November, Trans Day of Remembrance, we will remember those who have lost

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LGL presents the study on LGBT youth wellbeing and support in Lithuania

National LGBT rights organization LGL is delighted to present the publication “LGBT youth wellbeing center in Lithuania – analysis of needs and opportunities”. This publication is a result of the study that was produced within the framework of the project “#NOH8LT: Developing Effective Response to LGBT* Hate Crimes”, supported by the US State Department. The

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National LGBT rights organization LGL is delighted to present the “Toolkit on the Needs of Victims Homophobic, Biphobic and Transphobic crime”. This publication is a result of the work of a group of international and national experts. The practical guide was produced in the framework of two projects – “#NOH8LT: Developing Effective Response to LGBT*

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On 23rd October, 2016 the Farmers’ and Green Party won in the second round of the Lithuanian general elections. Led by its leader Ramūnas Karbauskis, it now has 56 seats in the Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania. It drew ahead of the Homeland Union-Christian Democratic Party, which has 31 MPs, of Gabrielius Landsbergis, who

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New Labor Code Does Not Prohibit Discrimination on Grounds of Gender Identity

The new Lithuanian Labor Code that takes effect on January 1 th, 2017 does not include gender identity as prohibited discriminatory ground. During the period between 2014 and 2016 the National LGBT* Rights Organization LGL closely monitored the drafting developments of the new Labor Code and advocated for the recognition of gender identity. However the

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On 19th – 22st October, 2016 representatives of the National LGBT* rights organization LGL will participate in the in the 20th Annual Conference of the international lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) association ILGA-Europe, organized in the captical of Cyprus – Nicosia. This year, the theme of the Annual Conference is “Power to the People –

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On 29th September – 2th October, 2016 a representative of the National LGBT* rights organization LGL participated in an annual conference of the international LGBTI youth association IGLYO, organized in Malta. During the conference the representatives of various European LGBTI youth organizations had an opportunity to strengthen cooperation and competence, to share the best practices