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

Focus on LGBT discrimination in AI annual report on Lithuania

Amnesty International has published its annual human rights report, in which it criticizes Lithuania for discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. As a positive development the report mentions an amendment to the Law on Provision of Information to the Public that came into force in June 2011, reversing a previous amendment and banning

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Today, the first ever EU-wide (including Croatia) online LGBT Survey is launched. ILGA-Europe encourages all individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans to take part in this important Survey. This is a historical opportunity to gather more details of the lived experiences, to get a clearer picture of the discrimination LGBT people face

Lithuania ignores UN Human Rights Council recommendations on LGBT rights

Lithuania has responded to recommendations made by various member states of the Human Rights Council at its Universal Periodic Review of Lithuania in October 2011, dismissing the concerns raised about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights in Lithuania. According to a statement issued by Lithuania’s Ministry of Justice and approved by the Government, recommendations

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International Human Rights Day – 10 December 2011

Strasbourg, 09.12.2011 – Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland today warned that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Europeans continue to face discrimination in many parts of the continent. “Homosexuality has been decriminalised all over Europe, but prejudice and hypocrisy still exist towards LGBT persons in Europe. Recently, discriminatory laws have been proposed or

Lithuania questioned about LGBT human rights during UPR session

On 11th October, during the 12th session of the Universal Periodic Review working group, Lithuanian State was questioned by the Members States of the Human Rights Council about the actions that have been undertaken to improve the human rights situation in the country and to fulfill the human rights obligations. Lithuanian Gay League in collaboration

PACE calls upon Lithuania to reject the proposal of gender reassignment ban

On 5th of October a Written Declaration on access to gender reassignment treatment in Lithuania was tabled in the current session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). The document refers to the proposal of the amendment to the Civil Code prohibiting gender reassignment surgery. The legislative initiative is included in the