The European Parliament wants to outlaw homophobic crime and speech in the EU

Today the European Parliament adopted a non-binding resolution on strengthening the fight against racism, xenophobia and hate crime. The text calls on the European Commission to add homophobia and transphobia to the list of EU-sanctioned hate speech and violence. Since a 2008 Framework Decision, the European Union foresees specific, higher penalties for racist and xenophobic speech and

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė

The Lituania President has said that she thought that discussions on civil partnerships for gay couples were “premature”. Dalia Grybauskaite said the discussions on the introduction of same-sex civil partnerships in the country were premature, but did not give her personal opinion on the issue, reports 15min. She said: “I think these discussions in Lithuania are very

Efraim Zuroff: Lithuania should be inclusive of all its peoples

At a press conference held today in Vilnius, Efraim Zuroff, director and coordinator of Nazi war crimes research worldwide at the Simon Wiesenthal Center office in Jerusalem, condemned neo-Nazi marches planned this winter in the Baltic States, one of which will take place in Kaunas tomorrow on Lithuania’s Independence Day. To arguments that banning such

The Minister of Justice Will Not Propose a Bill on Same-Sex Marriage

Despite positive developments towards same-sex marriage legislation in France and United Kingdom, Lithuania is not going to follow the similar pattern. reports that the current Minister of Justice Juozas Bernatonis have no intentions of proposing a bill on same-sex marriage. It seems that the Ministry of Justice has no interest in proposing legislation on

According to the new Chairman of the Committee on Human Rights (CHR) in the Lithuanian Parliament Leonard Talmont, the issue of legal recognition of same-sex relationships is way too controversial for the Lithuanian society. In the interview with the internet news service the new Chairman has expressed his skepticisms about same-sex marriage based on reports that Lithuanians perceive discrimination against people with mental disabilities, the elderly, people with physical disabilities and LGBT individuals as the most widespread in the society. These results have been indicated by a public opinion survey, booked by the Human Rights Monitoring Institute (HRMI). The results indicate that perception levels on discrimination against ethnic

A Bill, Prohibiting Gender Reassignment, Proposed to the Agenda of the New Parliament

The representative of the ‘Homeland Union’ Antanas Matulas, the Deputy Chairman of Committee on Health Affairs, has resubmitted a draft amendment to the Civil Code, prohibiting gender reassignment surgeries, five days after the beginning of the new parliamentary tenure. An identical draft amendment was submitted in 2011, but failed to be adopted. Therefore it could

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The Lithuanian decision to apply the rules of enhanced cooperation should be confirmed by the European Commission on Wednesday. According to the Deputy Minister of Justice, this step has been taken by the Lithuanian authorities only after the introduction of public policy exception, which foresees that the procedure will not be applicable in the situations,

European Parliament starts work on EU-wide action plan for LGBT rights

This week the European Parliament released a study on a potential EU roadmap for LGBT equality. Such an EU action plan would draw together new laws and policies to strengthen equality and non-discrimination for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people in the EU. The research was requested by the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties,

UN Human Rights Committee urges Lithuania to act on LGBT rights

In its concluding observations adopted at its review of Lithuania held on 9–27 of July, the United Nations Human Rights Committee makes recommendations on human rights in Lithuania. In this report the Committee expresses concern over discrimination against LGBT and Roma people, domestic violence, and alleged secret detention centres. The Committee is concerned over the

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The UN Human Rights Committee Calls on Lithuania for More Answers, More Action

Geneva 11 July 2012.  The United Nations Human Rights Committee finalized the examination of the 3rd periodic report of Lithuania, which took place on 10 and 11 July 2012 in Geneva. Today, the Human Rights Committee acknowledged the productive and open dialogue exchanged with the State delegation of Lithuania throughout the review, but also expressed

The ICJ and ILGA-Europe are extremely alarmed by the recent trend in laws prohibiting “homosexual propaganda.” Laws banning “homosexual propaganda” have been adopted in five regions in the Russian Federation, including St. Petersburg, and are currently being considered at the national level. In addition, similar proposals have been introduced in Ukraine, Moldova, Lithuania, and Hungary.