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Latest FRA report examines hate crime from different perspective

Every day, people across Europe continue to be the targets of assaults because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. In 2013, the EU Fundamental Rights Agency’s own study revealed that an average of 59% of the LGBT people surveyed in the EU who had been attacked in the previous 12 months felt they had

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A Cyber Bully Who Urged to Throw Stones at Gay People Regrets His Actions

On Friday 24th October 2014 the Vilnius District Court started proceedings in a criminal case, where prosecutors accuse Dmitrijus Masliukovas of public insult, humiliation, and harassment for a group of people based on their sexual orientation. The process was initiated after Mr. Masliukovas wrote a comment in one Lithuanian website about the upcoming Baltic Pride

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A new era for combating discrimination faced by LGBTI people

The call for more equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people takes centre stage at a high-level conference at the Council of the EU in Brussels on 28 October 2014. It is the first time a Presidency of the Council of the EU convenes such a meeting, signalling a renewed drive by

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Supposedly homophobic hate crime sanctioned with a ridiculous fine in Lithuania

Openly gay well-known Lithuanian singer Ruslanas Kirilkinas, who had to end his concert due to an attack by bullies on June 21st would seem to finally expect justice. The citizen who threw firecrackers at him was punished with a symbolic fine of LT 225 (65 EUR). Though the singer did report the incident to officers,