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

IGLYO statment

Lithuanian conservative parliamentarians led by the chairman of the Committee on Health Affairs registered a proposal to amend the Civil Code with a prohibition of gender reassignment surgery on March 9. The members of the Seimas who submitted this draft amendment to the Civil Code state that if the permission to undergo gender reassignment surgery is replaced with the prohibition of such surgeries, ‘the

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