Washington D.C. – Human Rights First today expressed serious concern over reports that the Lithuanian Parliament (Seimas) will vote tomorrow to approve an anti-“propaganda” law that violates the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. In an attempt to quickly and quietly push the legislation through, the proposed amendment, which emulates Russia’s

MP Gražulis proposes to forbid adoption for same sex couples

The chair of the Seimas group of Order and Justice Party in Lithuania Petras Gražulis proposed to forbid adoption for couples of the same sex, The Baltic Course reports, with reference to the news agency ELTA. MP Gražulis registered a draft amendment to the Children’s Rights Protection Law. According to the draft law, “it is forbidden for

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

A poll, commissioned by the Office of Equal Opportunities Ombudsman, reveals discriminatory attitudes towards different social groups in Lithuania, including discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, Lithuanian Gay League has reported. About one-fourth of the respondents (22 per cent) indicated that they personally know a homosexual person, and 52 per cent think that homosexual

Today, at an event held alongside the European Union Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius, Lithuania, The Equal Rights Trust (ERT), in partnership with the Belarusian Helsinki Committee (BHC), launched Half an Hour to Spring: Addressing Discrimination and Inequality in Belarus. This addition to the ERT Country Report Series is the first ever comprehensive account of discrimination

Less than quarter of homosexuals in Lithuania do not hide they sexual orientation

The results show that 22.7 per cent of surveyed Lithuanian gays do not disguise their sexual orientation, compared to the European average of 39 per cent. The largest number of openly gay men is in the UK (66.9 per cent), Sweden (69.2 per cent) and Norway (72.7 per cent). All in all, 180,000 gay men

Lithuanian Justice Ministry proposes law on unregistered opposite-sex partnership

Lithuania’s Justice Ministry has drafted yet another bill on introducing the institution of partnership between an unmarried man and a woman. Under the proposal, the Civil Code should envisage partnership as factual cohabitation with family relations. Such partnerships would not have to be registered. Partnership would only be allowed between persons of different sex, while

Lithuanian basketball federation “will react” to intolerance

Since 2012,  fans and Lithuanian basketball team members and officials have repeatedly been caught on film participating in questionable expressions of “harmless joking” at the expense of minority groups. Recently, a video was released on Youtube showing Lithuanian parliamentarian Petras Gražulis leading a group of basketball fans in a pre-game warm-up of the  ”Whoever’s Not

Sunday afternoon, several dozen young Lithuanian activists staged a rally outside the Russian Embassy in Vilnius, protesting against LGBT rights violations in Russia. Sporting T-shirts saying “To Russia With Love” and badges bearing colourfully made-up portraits of Vladimir Putin, the protesters said the event was not just a sign of support to Russia’s LGBT community,

Evangelical reformists not to marry gays in Lithuania

Members of the Lithuanian Evangelical Reformists Church have dismissed the decision of the German Evangelical Church to marry persons of the same sex as an offense undermining Christianity, Kauno Diena daily said. „We think it is an offense. The decision made by the Church is not Christian, we do not want to have anything to