Rapporteur R. Biedron urges Lithuanian Parliament to reject the amendments to the Code of Administrative Violations

The General Rapporteur of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) on the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people Robert Biedron has urged the Lithuanian Parliament to reject a change in the law which could impose administrative fines on those demonstrating publicly in support of LGBT rights, describing the proposed reform as “an unacceptable breach of human rights”.
“As legal experts from the Council of Europe’s Venice Commission have clearly stated, referring to laws adopted or discussed in several Council of Europe member states, statutory provisions prohibiting so-called ‘homosexual propaganda’ are incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights and international human rights standards,” said Mr. Biedron.
“I urgently call on the members of the Lithuanian Parliament, including the members of the Lithuanian delegation to PACE, to uphold the values of human rights, democracy and the rule of law which they have subscribed to, and ensure that Lithuania abides by its international obligations, in particular under the European Convention on Human Rights.”

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