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

Europos LGBT apklausa, logo

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

Governments urged to raise questions for Lithuania about LGBT rights improvement

Lithuania is part of the 12th session of the Universal Periodic Review which will occur from 3rdto 14th October, 2011. The aim of this review (according to Article 5 of the Resolution of General Assembly of the UN N°60/251) is to share the situation and the efforts of each country about human rights improvement. As

UK integrates LGBT rights in its foreign policy

A document has been elaborated by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in order to encourage the promotion of LGBT Rights. This “LGBT Toolkit” has been sent to British embassies and diplomatic instances over the world so that they integrate it in their relations with the host countries. The FCO wants to express its

Today, the Council of Europe launches its socio-legal report on discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity. This is the first ever report covering all 47 member states of the Council of Europe on a range of human rights issues that are pertinent to lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people: attitudes

Gay rights are human rights, and human rights are gay rights

On 6th of December Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in her speech at the United Nations in Geneva called on all countries to respect the civil rights of LGBT individuals. She talked about why countries need to recognize LGBT rights and treat them as regular human rights. “Being LGBT does not make you less human,”

(March 22, 2011) In a stunning development for the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva, today, Colombia delivered a Joint Statement during General Debate that called on States to end violence, criminal sanctions and related human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender

MEPs welcome new gender change law in Portugal; concerned about Lithuania

BRUSSELS, 21 March 2011 — Members of the European Parliament have reacted to recent developments in national laws affecting transgender people. On 16 March 2011, the new Law establishing procedures for change of name and sex in the civil register came into force in Portugal. The new law does not require divorce, sterilisation, hormonal treatment