New Publication on the LGL’s Experience in Advocating for LGBT Rights at the UN level

The national LGBT rights organization (LGL) issued the new publication “United Nations Organization and situation of LGBT persons in Lithuania: opportunities provided by international human rights mechanisms”.

The purpose of this publication is to introduce the mechanisms of Universal Periodic Review (UPR) and of periodic reviews under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) clearly and comprehensively. The special attention is given to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) human rights and fundamental freedoms.

The first report in the framework of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in 2011 and the third periodic report for the implementation of ICCPR in 2012 revealed that, according to the assessment by the international stakeholders, human rights of LGBT people are not ensured to the full extent in the Republic of Lithuania. UN institutions provided Lithuania with a significant number of recommendations, related to the human rights of LGBT people, which the Lithuanian Government had committed to implement to the national level. The analysis in the publication of the national implementation process indicates that the State is not putting sufficient efforts in ensuring the full enjoyment of human rights for its LGBT citizens.

The publication is based on the experience by the national LGBT rights association LGL in participating within the framework of the UN human rights protection mechanisms, i.e. preparing shadow reports and attending the sessions of the UN human rights bodies.

The publication is funded by ILGA-Europe.

You can access the publication in Lithuanian here.