Margarita Jankauskaitė

National Equality and Diversity Awards recognize equal opportunity advocates in Lithuania

In a gala ceremony on Tuesday night, national awards were handed out to individuals, organizations and initiatives that contributed most to promoting equality and diversity in Lithuania. The annual event was organized by the Equal Opportunities Ombudsperson‘s Office and a forum of seven NGOs for the second time to recognize achievements in eight categories. […]

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European Union

EU institutions look into Lithuania’s controversial protection of minors law

Lithuania’s controversial law aimed at protecting minors from public information deemed harmful to their development has once again appeared under the radar of European Union (EU) institutions. The law, which says that minors should not be exposed to information denigrating “family values”, is said to discriminate against LGBT people. […]

LGL meeting at the Swedish ambassador's residence. Photo by LGL

Lithuanian NGOs and Swedish Embassy cooperate to organize IDAHOT events

On 30 January 2015, the National LGBT* Rights Organization LGL and the Swedish Embassy in Vilnius organized a meeting to discuss preparations for this year’s celebration of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) in Lithuania. The meeting was hosted in the residence of the Swedish ambassador and attended by more than thirty ambassadors and representatives of the civil society. […]

Professor Fernand de Varennes

Human rights law expert Fernand de Varennes: There are still few tools to enforce international law

The Lithuania Tribune spoke with Professor Fernand de Varennes, a world-famous expert in human rights law. The interview was conducted by Liudvikas Jakavičius-Grimalauskas, and presented in cooperation with the European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR). […]

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Foreign affairs

Lithuania comes to the middle of its term at UN Security Council

Lithuania has reached the half-point in its two-year membership in the United Nations (UN) Security Council. Throughout 2014, the Lithuanian delegation mostly focused on the conflict in Ukraine, the rule of law, protection of civilians in armed conflicts, reinforcement of UN cooperation with the European Union (EU) and proper implementation of the Security Council’s decisions on sanctions, the Foreign Ministry has said. […]

Permanent Representative of Lithuania, Ambassador Raimonda Murmokaitė
Foreign affairs

Lithuanian envoy at UN: Human rights violations in Ukraine must be investigated

The Permanent Mission of Lithuania to the United Nations together with non-governmental organizations in the margins of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court on 11 December held a round-table discussion on the role of the International Criminal Court in ensuring accountability for the ongoing human rights violations in Ukraine. […]

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European Union

EP to discuss CIA torture report

The European Parliament will next week discuss the report published by the United States Senate earlier this week about detention of suspected terrorists in secret CIA centres, including one allegedly on the Lithuanian soil. […]