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. […]


Orlando shooting bares the face of homophobia in Lithuania

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.

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Baltic Pride in Vilnius

Baltic Pride in Vilnius bringing LGBT rights into focus before elections

The Baltic Pride is returning to Vilnius this June. The third LGBT pride event in the Lithuanian capital is for the first time taking place without express opposition from politicians, although the election year could prove a hot background for discussing LGBT rights. […]

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. […]

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Lithuania grapples with homophobia

Lithuania has recently started discussing its attitudes towards homosexuality, in what remains a novelty for a country ranked among the most homophobic in the EU. […]