Nils Muižnieks, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights

Lithuania should strengthen the protection of women, children and disable

“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. […]

Maria Zakharova, spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry

Lithuania denies entry to reps of Russian ‘compatriots foundation’, Moscow vows response

Lithuania has denied entry to representatives of a Russian foundation that is on the national blacklist, a move that Moscow has said will not go unanswered. […]


Lithuanian Foreign Ministry and 22 embassies express support for Baltic Pride

Lithuania’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and 16 embassies have made a joint statement, expressing support for Baltic Pride. […]

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ECHR report criticises Lithuania over poor prison conditions, gender reassignment and Paksas

A report by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) criticizes Lithuania for failing to improve living conditions in the country’s prisons, legislate gender reassignment and pass legislation allowing the impeached former president Rolandas Paksas to run for office. […]

Agneta Lobačevskytė (left) in a meeting with Seimas ombudsmen Augustinas Normantas and Raimondas Šukys. Photo Vytautas Valentinavičius, Seimo kontrolierių įstaiga

Lithuania’s new equal opportunities ombudswoman walks fine line between human rights and religion

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. […]

Rainbow flag at Vilnius Cathedral Square. Photo by Augustas Didžgalvis, LGL

Lithuanian LGBT* activists ride down streets of Vilnius on Rainbow bus

At noon on Sunday, the Lithuanian Gay League, LGBT* rights organization, took a ride on a rainbow bus down the streets of central Vilnius. […]