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In the last of its annual progress reports on accession countries, the European Parliament evaluated the situation in Turkey, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Albania, including the situation of LGBTI people. Earlier this year, the Parliament already evaluated progress in Kosovo, Serbia, Montenegro and FYR Macedonia. In its report on Turkey, parliament highlights its concerns with

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Eurovision Stars to Perform at the Baltic Pride 2016 in Vilnius

Eurovision stars Dana International (Israel) and Donny Montell (Lithuania) will perform at the Baltic Pride 2016 festival in Vilnius on June 18th, 2016. The artists will unite in sending a powerful message of tolerance, respect and support for the local LGBT* community. Israeli singer Dana International is best known as the winner of the Eurovision

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Chinese gay rights movement sees win in court loss

Though a Chinese court rejected a same-sex marriage lawsuit, many believe the case affirmed a growing acceptance of LGBT rights in China. This article examines the implications of the decision for country’s gay rights movement. On Wednesday morning, Sun Wenlin and his male partner Hu Mingliang entered a court in the central Chinese province Hunan,

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On March 15th, 2016 Rokas Žilinskas, a member of the Lithuanian Parliament and one of the proposers of the draft Law on the Strengthening of Family, reacted to a “Facebook” post by the National LGBT* rights organization LGL on the project proposal: “Lithuanian Gay League once again failed with its public relations in their own

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On March 20th, 2016 a meeting to consider the Constitutional amendment, which seeks to define “family life” as emanating exclusively from a marriage between a man and a woman, has been scheduled at the Legal Affairs Committee of the Lithuanian Parliament. However, the Committee failed to meet the quorum and the consideration of the draft

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LGL Submits Shadow Report to Universal Periodic Review

In March, 2016 the National LGBT* Rights Organization LGL, in cooperation with international human rights organizations „ILGA-Europe“ and „Sexual Rights Initiative“, made a joint Universal Periodic Review submission to the UN Human Rights Council on the LGBT* human rights situation in the country. The shadow report, submitted by LGL and its international partners, highlights the

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Central Asia: European Parliament concerned about state of LGBTI rights

In a report adopted last week on the EU’s relationship with Central Asia, the European Parliament has made a strong call to respect democracy, the rule of law and human rights, including the rights of LGBTI people, in the region. The report highlights the parliament’s concern over freedom of the media, freedom of expression, and

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Non-discrimination of minorities is one of the weakest points in Lithuania’s human rights record, according to a report on human rights practices in Lithuania for 2015 by the United States Department of State. The United States Department of State reports that the most serious human rights problems are related to aspects of the justice system,

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Chinese court rejects first same-sex marriage case

A judge in China has dismissed a suit brought against the local government by a gay couple. Despite the decision, the plaintiffs and their supporters have said the fight isn’t over. The court in central Changsha on Wednesday dismissed the suit brought against the civil affairs bureau for refusing to issue a marriage license to

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Louisiana governor signs executive order protecting LGBTI workers

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards on Wednesday (13 April) signed an executive order prohibiting state agencies and state contractors from discriminating against LGBTI employees and others.   Edwards said his action was needed in order to rescind an anti-gay ‘religious freedom’ executive order signed by his predecessor Bobby Jindal last May. Jindal’s order had prohibited

2016-04-13

LGBTI hate crime victims failed by Romanian authorities

An investigation by Romanian police into an attack on two Bucharest Pride participants in the aftermath of the 2006 march was ineffective, marred by shortcomings and failed to take an-LGBTI bias into account, according to the European Court of Human Rights. In a judgment released yesterday (Tuesday, 12 April 2016), the ECtHR found that the

2016-04-12

The number of Jamaicans who ‘hate’ gays has risen over 20% in four years

The number of people in Jamaica who “hate or reject” homosexual relationships has risen over 20% since 2011, a new survey has revealed. The 2015 Awareness, Attitude and Perception Survey asked employers, politicians and members of the public a number of questions in regards to same-sex relationships between June and July last year. Commissioned for