“While considerable progress has been achieved in protecting human rights in recent years, the Lithuanian authorities still have to address some remaining shortcomings, in particular as regards the protection of women, children and persons with disabilities” said Nils Muižnieks, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, in a report released today based on a visit to the country carried out in December 2016, the Council of Europe reported in a press release. […]
An attack in a gay bar in Orlando, Florida, shocked the world just one week before an LGBT pride event in Lithuania. Some of the reactions to the news from Orlando made it clear that homophobia is still a huge problem in the country.
From advisor on legal issues to the speaker of the Lithuanian Parliament, to deputy culture minister and, finally, to ombudsperson in charge of equal opportunities (EO). This would seem like a surreal career journey to some, but Agneta Lobačevskytė, the new EO ombudswoman, sees what seems like a stroke of luck to many as a logical and deserved turn of events. […]