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Open letter to Lithuanian Parliament: Reject bill targeting LGBTI people

The Parliament of Lithuania will vote tomorrow on a bill that seeks to introduce fines for any public denigration of “constitutional family values.” According to the proposal, actions as carrying out public speeches, demonstrating goods, posters, slogans and audio-visual materials, … 
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Posted in: Intergroup documents, Recent news on November 11th, 2015
Mr Patackas

MEPs condemn homophobic hate speech Lithuanian MP

Sunday, Member of the Lithuanian Parliament Algirdas Vaclovas Patackas warned that the head of the Lithuanian Gay League’s (LGL) engaged in “provocation” that might result in “dead bodies”, similar to recent attacks in Paris. The MP made the remarks after … 
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Posted in: Press releases, Recent news on January 22nd, 2015
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LGBT votes in 2009-2014: Freedom of expression in Lithuania (1/5)

During the 2009-2014 legislature, MEPs voted on LGBT issues over 250 times. In the run-up to the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia on 17 May, we’ll publish a series of 6 infographics summarising political groups’ votes on key LGBT … 
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Posted in: Parliamentary work, Recent news on May 12th, 2014
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Fairy tale banned under Lithuanian ‘anti-propaganda’ law

Wednesday, the Lithuanian Office of the Inspector of Journalist Ethics concluded that a book containing fairy tales for children violates the Law on the Protection of Minors against the Detrimental Effect of Public Information, and should be made unavailable to children under 14. … 
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Posted in: Press releases, Recent news on May 9th, 2014
TAVARES Rui and Viktor ORBÁN

Plenary summary: Anti-discrimination Directive, Roadmap, Hungary, Lithuania, Nigeria

During its July 2013 plenary session, the European Parliament adopted resolutions mentioning the anti-discrimination directive, the LGBTI Roadmap, as well as LGBT rights in Hungary and Nigeria. MEPs also quizzed the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council about Baltic Pride.

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Posted in: News stories, Recent news on July 4th, 2013
Stavros Lambrinidis, EU Special Representative for Human Rights

Summary: “Anti-propaganda laws”, the new criminalisation of homosexuality

Last week the LGBT Intergroup met to discuss the worrying trend of “anti-propaganda laws” in Eastern Europe, mainly Russia and Ukraine. Several experts and policy-makers took the floor.

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Posted in: Intergroup documents, Recent news on June 11th, 2013
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Upcoming Intergroup event: “Anti-propaganda laws”, the new criminalisation of homosexuality

Next week the LGBT Intergroup will host a seminar on new laws criminalising the discussion of LGBT rights in Eastern European countries, such as Russia and Ukraine. Since 2006, Eastern Europe has seen an increase in legislative attempts to limit … 
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Posted in: Intergroup documents, Recent news on May 29th, 2013
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European Parliament strongly condemns homophobic laws and discrimination in Europe

With a large majority (430 for, 105 against), the European Parliament has adopted a resolution to condemn homophobic laws and discrimination in Europe.

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Posted in: Press releases, Recent news on May 24th, 2012
Gay pride organiser Svyatoslav Sheremet is beaten up by thugs in Kiev on 20 May 2012 (Reuters)

MEPs worried by serious threats to freedom of expression

Members of the European Parliament are increasingly concerned that several gay pride marches are being cancelled around Europe. These events face violence more often than in previous years, and are increasingly criminalised by laws that forbid publicly supporting LGBT rights.

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Posted in: Press releases, Recent news on May 21st, 2012
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MEPs welcome Lithuania’s new progressive law on advertising

A new Law on the Provision of Information to the Public came into force on 30 June, outlawing discrimination based on sexual orientation. Previous drafts of the law had included a ban on mentioning homosexuality, but the Lithuanian Parliament made … 
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Posted in: Press releases, Recent news on July 11th, 2011