Civil Society applauds as 63 nations sign on to landmark human rights resolution

1 October 2010. Johannesburg. Sixty-three countries have sponsored a landmark United Nations-backed human rights resolution on “the Rights of Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and Association”, drawing to an end a hard-fought campaign by civil society groups, including the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL), Article 19, World Movement for Democracy, and CIVICUS: World Alliance for

New EU gender equality strategy

STRASBOURG, 22 September 2010 — Yesterday European Commissioner for Fundamental Rights Viviane Reding presented the 2010-2015 Strategy for equality between women and men in the European Union. The European Parliament’s Intergroup on LGBT Rights welcomes the inclusion of gender identity in EU gender equality efforts. In June 2010, the European Parliament called on the Commission

Today the European Court of Human Rights delivered its judgement in a case of P.B. and J.S. v. Austria. The Court said Austria violated the European Convention on Human Rights by excluding same-sex partners from insurance cover and once again affirmed same-sex partnership constitute ‘family life’ under the Convention. The Court decided by five votes

US Ambassador: Human Rights are the most important

Question. Some of our readers are upset about your decision to speak for gay and lesbian rights. Our people  are awaiting the “Baltic Pride” parade  with anxiety because to them it seems to be a challenge. The society is not used to such events and thus, reacts  very sensitively to any schooling from outside. Besides

Will Lithuanian law on ‘family values’ harm gay rights?

VILNIUS, Lithuania — It may not be on the level of Uganda’s draconian anti-gay legislation, which applies the death penalty to some homosexual relations, but Lithuania this month enacted a law that observers are calling worryingly homophobic.The “Law on the Protection of Minors against the Detrimental Effect of Public Information” came into force on March

Strasbourg 17.02.2010 – The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Thomas Hammarberg, published today letters sent to the Prime Minister of Lithuania and to the Speaker of the Seimas (Parliament) on discrimination issues, minority rights and steps taken to investigate whether the CIA detained terrorist suspects on Lithuanian territory. The letters follow the Commissioner’s

European Parliament reaffirms LGBT rights are a condition to join the European Union

Today the plenary session of the European Parliament adopted reports on the accession to the European Union for Croatia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Turkey. All three reports call on candidate countries to provide genuine protection to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender minorities, and remind candidate countries that the protection of all minorities

Dear Mr Stundys, On behalf of Human Rights Watch, I urge you as Chairman of the Standing Committee on Education, Science and Culture to exercise your influence to ensure the plenary assembly of the Seimas will pass a version of the ‘Law on the Protection of Minors against the Detrimental Effect of Public Information’ that

U.S. Offers Global Leadership on LGBT Human Rights Concerns

  Warsaw, Poland – October 8, 2009–In Warsaw, Poland, during an important regional human rights conference, the U.S. State Department raised concerns for the first time over human rights violations directed at lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities in Europe and North America. At the annual human rights meeting of the Organization for Security

August 31, 2009 Mr. Stasys Šedbaras, chairman of the Committee on Legal Affairs Dear Mr. Šedbaras: The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) would like to express our deep concern that the proposed amendments to the Criminal Code XIP-668(2) and the Administrative Code XIP-667(2) will violate the human rights to freedom of expression

The European Committee of Social Rights, which monitors state compliance with the European Social Charter, has today found that Croatia’s limited curriculum covering sex education discriminates on the basis of sexual orientation.  The Committee affirmed that the state has an obligation to ensure that educational materials do not reinforce demeaning stereotypes and perpetuate forms of