Dear Mr Stundys, On behalf of Human Rights Watch, I urge you as Chairman of the Standing Committee on Education, Science and Culture to exercise your influence to ensure the plenary assembly of the Seimas will pass a version of the ‘Law on the Protection of Minors against the Detrimental Effect of Public Information’ that

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The largest ILGA-Europe’s annual conference concluded in Malta

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MEDIA RELEASE by the Lithuanian Gay League

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Letter of concern from Lambda Warsaw, Poland

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Ban on promoting any sexual relationship between minors to be added to bill

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2009 09 30 1.       Question from Mr Jensen (Denmark, SOC), On July 14 2009, the Lithuanian Parliament adopted a discriminatory law, the “Law on the Protection of Minors against the Detrimental Effect of Public Information” overruling a presidential veto. This law bans material that “agitates” for homosexual and bisexual relations from schools or public places