Human Rights in Lithuania

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A Conference on Family Protection and Diversity Organized by LGL at the Ministry of Justice

On September 29, 2021 the National LGBT rights organization LGL organized an international conference “Family Protection and Diversity in a Democratic Society: Problems and Perspectives” at the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Lithuania. The conference addressed the legal and social issues of family diversity and the recognition of LGBTIQ family rights, as well
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LGL Commemorates IDAHOT Together with its Allies at the Embassy of Sweden

The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT) was commemorated at an event organized by the National LGBT rights organization LGL together with the Embassy of Sweden in the courtyard of the Embassy in Vilnius on 17 May, 2021. The event was attended by LGBT rights activists, LGBT-friendly diplomatic missions, socially responsible business, media
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Rainbow Map 2021: Any Real Progress in Lithuania is Still Waiting to Happen

Newest ILGA-Europe’s annual Rainbow Europe Map and Index, ranking the legal and policy situation of LGBTI people in 49 European countries found that the past 12 months have marked an unprecedented year in the Map’s 12-year history, with virtually no positive legislative change for LGBTI people in Europe. Lithuania contributes to this negative general trend,
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A Message of Support for the Belarusian LGBTI Community: Freedom and Justice will Prevail

The National LGBT rights organization LGL would like send a message of support for the Belarusian LGBTI community during these challenging times. The regime of the bloody Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko will not prevail as Belarusian people fearlessly demand free elections despite continuous human rights violations. LGL has long-time partnership with Belarusian LGBTI human rights
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Embassies in Vilnius Raised the Rainbow Flag in Honour of IDAHOT

On the 17th of May, 2020 LGBT-friendly embassies in Vilnius raised the rainbow flag to honour the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and biphobia (IDAHOT) and to show their support for the local LGBT community. The rainbow flag decorated the embassies of the United States, Sweden, Germany, Finland, United Kingdom, the Netherlands, France, Denmark and
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On 21 March, 2022 a peaceful protest near the Lithuanian Parliament in support for same-sex partnership and LGBT equality, initiated by actress Elžbieta Latėnaitė, was held. A crowd of LGBT persons and their allies called for the Law on Partnership not to be removed from the agenda of the Parliament. “I hope that some politicians

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Is Lithuanian Migration Policy Sensitive Enough for the LGBTI Asylum Seekers?

Recently one Iraqi man reported to LGL that he will be able to reunite with his same-sex partner as both men were granted an asylum by the Lithuanian authorities in late December, 2021. Only a few asylum applications resulted in positive decisions since in the increased migration flow from August, which leaves the majority of

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LGL Advocacy Efforts Within the Context of the Third Cycle Universal Periodic Review

The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a unique human right mechanism under which the human rights situation of all United Nantions Member States is reviewed every 5 years. 42 States are reviewed each year. Consideration for Lithuania is scheduled on Wednesday, 26 January 2022. LGL contributed to the alternative report joint submission of the Human Rights Organizations Coalition

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Will 2022 Mark a Turning Point for all LGBTIQ Families in the EU ?

Lithuania, along with Latvia, Poland, Romania, Bulgaria and Slovakia to this day remaining the only European Union Member States without same-sex family rights recognition. Although these countries face multitude of social and political issues which often effectively demotes LGBTIQ equality  to political periphery, LGBTIQ communities and their supporters are becoming more vocal than ever before.

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Amicus Brief Submitted in Relu-Adrian Coman and Others v. Romania

While Lithuania still remains among 6 European Union states that do not provide a gender-neutral Partnership alternative, National LGBTI Rights Organization LGL together with the international partners from the Czech Republic, Poland and Bulgaria continue to consolidate their efforts towards establishing a higher standard of protection within the regulation of the European Convention on Human

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On September 29, 2021 the National LGBT rights organization LGL organized an international conference “Family Protection and Diversity in a Democratic Society: Problems and Perspectives” at the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Lithuania. The conference addressed the legal and social issues of family diversity and the recognition of LGBTIQ family rights, as well

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Family Diversity and Protection in a Democratic Society: Issues and Possibilities

R.I.S.E. project consortium seeks to discuss social and legal aspects of LGBTIQ+ family rights recognition in Lithuania, Latvia, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Romania and Poland as well as a wider international rainbow family context while reflecting on the negative psychological and economic effects of discrimination.  Register for online participation HERE Time:  September 29 10 AM – 3 PM EEST

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Vladimir Simonko. Against the Current

Vladimir Simonko (57), the Executive Director of the National LGBT rights organization LGL, chose a difficult life 30 years ago. Back then, when the Soviet Criminal Code was in force, which provided for maximum three years imprisonment for sexual intercourse between two men, he decided to openly admit that he was gay, made his story

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In June, Hungary became the second country in the EU to pass the anti-gay proaganda law, as Viktor Orbán’s ruling party intensified its campaign against LGBTI rights. Since 2009 Lithuanian LGBTI community has been struggling with the Law on the Protection of Minors against the Detrimental Effect of Public Information containing a similar anti-LGBTI provision. According to its article

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Gender-neutral partnership bill was registered in the Lithuanian Parliament on May 21, 2021, returning the question of same-sex union recognition to political agenda after staggering four-years break. While it does recognize same-sex unions, the bill does not reference the concept of family, nor it addresses regulations related to child adoption. It does not make a reference to

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LGL Commemorates IDAHOT Together with its Allies at the Embassy of Sweden

The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT) was commemorated at an event organized by the National LGBT rights organization LGL together with the Embassy of Sweden in the courtyard of the Embassy in Vilnius on 17 May, 2021. The event was attended by LGBT rights activists, LGBT-friendly diplomatic missions, socially responsible business, media

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Rainbow Map 2021: Any Real Progress in Lithuania is Still Waiting to Happen

Newest ILGA-Europe’s annual Rainbow Europe Map and Index, ranking the legal and policy situation of LGBTI people in 49 European countries found that the past 12 months have marked an unprecedented year in the Map’s 12-year history, with virtually no positive legislative change for LGBTI people in Europe. Lithuania contributes to this negative general trend,

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