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.

Shadow report on Lithuania submitted to UN Human Rights Committee

Lithuanian Gay League in a collaborative effort with the Global Initiative for Sexuality and Human Rights of Heartland Alliance has prepared and submitted a shadow report on Lithuania focusing on LGBT rights. The shadow report has been drawn up for the review of Lithuania before the UN Human Rights Committee on the implementation of the

Polish, Latvian and Lithuanian MEPs least gay-friendly

According to the voting habits of members of the European Parliament on resolutions supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, Polish MEPs are by far the least LGBT-friendly, followed by Latvia, Lithuania and Italy. The friendliest in turn are from Denmark, Estonia and Sweden. Less than 20% of Polish and 36% of Lithuanian MEPs

Lithuanian Parliament votes to „improve“ anti-gay bill proposal

Today a slight majority of the members of the Lithuanian Parliament voted for the „improvement“ of legislative amendment which seeks to establish harsh fines for the „organization of events contradicting social morality”. The proposal was registered immediately after European Parliament passed a resolution condemning homophobic laws and discrimination in Europe. The author of this openly anti-gay

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Secretary Clinton releases Annual Human Rights Report

On May 24th US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Michael Posner released the 2011 Human Rights Report. The report covers the status of human rights in countries around the world. According to the report, Lithuania’s most significant human rights problems in 2011 were poor prison conditions,

European Parliament passes resolution condemning homophobic laws

The European Parliament on May 24th adopted a resolution to condemn homophobic laws and discrimination in Europe. The resolution was adopted with 430 votes for and 105 against, and was co-authored by all five mainstream political groups: centre-right EPP, S&D, ALDE, Greens/EFA and GUE/NGL. Two Lithuanian MEPs, Leonidas Donskis and Laima Andrikienė, voted in favour. According

With a large majority (430 for, 105 against), the European Parliament has adopted a resolution to condemn homophobic laws and discrimination in Europe. For the first time since the last European elections, all five mainstream political groups co-authored the text, including centre-right EPP, S&D, ALDE, Greens/EFA andGUE/NGL. In today’s resolution, the European Parliament “strongly condemns any discrimination on the basis of