Human Rights in Lithuania

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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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EU LGBTI Survey: LGBTI Human Rights Situation in Lithuania Remains Poor

On 14th of May, 2020 the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) released its LGBTI survey findings – the world’s biggest survey of its kind with 140 000 respondents. Survey results revealed an alarming situation in Lithuania: Lithuanian respondents admitted always (14 %) or almost always (20 %) feeling downhearted or depressed. Moreover, 55 %
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ECHR rules that Refusal to investigate hate-speech comments about same-sex kiss on Facebook was discriminatory

In today’s Chamber judgment1 in the case of Beizaras and Levickas v. Lithuania (application no. 41288/15) the European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, that there had been: a violation of Article 14 (prohibition of discrimination) of the European Convention on Human Rights, taken in conjunction with Article 8 (right to respect for private and
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LGL and All Out Started a Petition to end LGBT content censorship in Lithuania

On December 16th, 2019 LGL and All Out started collecting signatures on a petition to put an end to LGBT content censorship in Lithuania. The target of the petition is the Law on the Protection of Minors Against the Detrimental Effect of Public Information, which for almost ten years makes Lithuania the only EU member
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LGL Positive Role Model Campaign Encourages LGBTI Family Acceptance

LGL invites all members of society to get to know and connect with LGBTI families and their daily struggles arising from the lack of both legal recognition and social acceptance. Personal stories allow to see the issues of family rights recognition through the eyes of LGBTI people and their loved ones while calling for development of

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Equal Rights Coalition statement on human rights violations in Chechnya

In December 2018, OSCE Moscow Mechanism rapporteur’s independent report on the situation in Chechnya found ‘clear evidence of the successive purges against LGBTI persons’ in Chechnya as well as of numerous other grave Human Rights violations. The report documented that LGBTI persons in Chechnya had been subjected to systematic harassment, persecution, arbitrary arrests and detentions,

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LGBTI in Lithuania: Equality Priorities Remain in a Political Periphery

Unprecedented success of  Baltic Pride 2019 festival in Vilnius which brought together around 10 000 LGBTI people and their allies marked the beginning of certain positive changes towards LGBTI acceptance and equality.  However, even after LGBTI-friendly Liberal political powers secured their place in the ruling coalition in 2020, the pace of change leaves a lot to

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LGL Executive Director Participated in RENEW Europe Online Webinar

On 4 March, 2021 Vladimir Simonko, Executive Director of the National LGBT rights organization LGL, participated in RENEW Europe online webinar “Enforcing LGBTI rights across the Union. Legislation and Litigation”. This webinar hosted by Sophie in ‘t Veld MEP discussed the application and enforcement of EU law and principles in the field of LGBTI rights. It

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Lithuanian Anti-Gay Propaganda Provision Remains Intact

Newly elected Lithuanian Parliament led by a coalition of Conservative and Liberal powers swiftly, without much of a public debate, adopted amendments to the  Law on the Protection of Minors against the Detrimental Effect of Public Information on January 14, 2021. While these amendments introduced quite a few reasonable changes to the current regulation, it did not address the most controversial

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On 10 December, in commemoration of the Human Rights Day, LGL hosted a discussion “Bullying Suffered by LGBT Children and Adolescents and the Possibilities Provided by Emotional Support Platforms and Helplines” during the National Human Rights Forum. During the discussion LGL presented its emotional support platform for LGBT children and youth, their parents and teachers. Eglė

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LGL Provided Advisory Opinion in EC(t)HR case Buhuceanu and Ciobotaru v. Romania

After obtaining permission by European Court of the Human Rights (ECtHR)  to indirectly participate in the supranational judicial proceedings, National LGBT rights organization LGL submitted the Amicus Curiae brief in the ECtHR case Buhuceanu and Ciobotaru v. Romania, brought by 26 Romanian applicants regarding human rights violations resulting from insufficient same-sex family rights recognition. Third Party

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Pre-electoral Political Standing on LGBT Family Rights

Parliamentary elections will be held in Lithuania on the 11 October, 2020 and current pre-electoral promises reflect the possibility of some positive future developments for the Lithuanian LGBT community. According to lrt.lt findings, 5 to 7 parties are in favour of same-sex family relationship recognition, namely Liberty Party, Liberal Movement, Social Democrats, Lithuanian Green Party (not

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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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Incumbent MPs Deny the Prospect of Same-Sex Partnership Legislation in Lithuania

Gediminas Kirkilas, long-time member of the Lithuanian Parliament, head of the ruling Social Democrat and Labour Party said  that “there are more and more people who live out of wedlock, have children, and, in case of separation, mostly women suffer <…>. All other partnerships, as you can imagine, would not really get through current Parliament,

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LGL Submitted Alternative Report to the UN Human Rights Committee

In 2018 United Nations (UN) Human Rights Committee made recommendations CCPR/C/LTU/CO/4 to Lithuania to improve the situation of LGBTI people. Along with recommendations made to Belize, Bulgaria, Honduras, Mongolia and Sudan, these recommendations were considered by the Committee as urgent.  In accordance to the official deadline and procedure, national LGBT rights organization LGL submitted an alternative report on

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LGL commemorated the Pride Month together with the Swedish Ambassador

National LGBT rights organization LGL commemorated Pride Month together with the champion of human rights H.E. Ambassador of Sweden Ms. Maria Christina Lundqvist who is going to finish her assignment in Lithuania soon after four intense and fruitful years. Swedish Embassy supported the Pride Voices Gala event which took place in June, 2019 which was

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