On June 8th, 2017 during the meeting of the Permanent Mission of the Netherlands to the United Nations Office in Geneva (Switzerland), attended by representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania, Lithuania officially joined the international Equal Rights Coalition, which aims to strengthen international efforts to assure LGBT* human rights all over the world.
Andrius Krivas, the Republic of Lithuania’s Ambassador to the United Nations and other international organizations in Geneva, upon signing the Founding Principles of the ERC on Lithuania’s behalf, emphasized Lithuania’s gratefulness for the opportunity to become a Coalition member, and cited the government’s decision to grant asylum to several gay men persecuted for their sexual orientation in Chechnya (Russian Federation).
In addition to Lithuania, Malta also joined the Equal Rights Coalition. The coalition currently consists of 35 countries that support full integration, equal rights and dignity for the LGBT* community. Uruguay and the Netherlands lead the Coalition in its efforts to promote cooperation between government and civil society in pursuit of these goals.
The Coalition, founded in 2016 by Uruguay and the Netherlands, provides an ongoing platform for the governments of each of the member states to strengthen their efforts to promote human rights in their various regions of the world. With this goal in mind, the Coalition allows governments to effectively cooperate, share best practices and discuss common challenges.
National LGBT* rights organization LGL welcomes the progressive decision by the Government of the Republic of Lithuania and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania to join the Equal Rights Coalition, and hopes that Lithuanian Government’s strong position on LGBT* human rights issues will also encourage the Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania to take legislative initiatives to further LGBT* human rights in Lithuania.