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HUMAN RIGHTS IN LITHUANIA 2018-2019

Human Rights Monitoring Institute invites to read overview Human Rights in Lithuania 2018-2019. It is our 10th overview which is the only periodic assessment of the human rights situation in Lithuania conducted by 19 independent experts from various fields.


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Training curriculum for Training of Trainers on the topic of hate crime and how to tackle it

This Training Curriculum  for Training of Trainers in the Baltic region on the topic of hate crime and how to tackle it from the civil society perspective “Capacity and Network Building Through Knowledge Sharing to Address Racism, Xenophobia and Other Forms of Intolerance” and the accompanying guidelines on how to prepare and run the aforementioned training was developed by Ewa Stoecker within the framework of the project “Police and NGO Cooperation to Combat Hate Crime in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania: PONGO”, co-funded by the European Union’s Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme.

The main goal of the training is to prepare the future trainers in the Baltic region on the subject of hate crime and how to tackle it.

After the training participants will:

  • Understand societal processes that contribute to inequality, bias, stereotypes and bias motivated incidents.
  • Understand exclusion/ marginalization of different groups from a human rights-based perspective.
  • Recognize and understand the dynamics of hate crimes and the impact that hate crimes have on victims and communities.
  • Understand the necessity to increase awareness of the impact of hate crimes in the society and among communities.
  • Have knowledge about victim support.
  • Understand legislation both at EU and state level.
  • Understand the extent of bias incidents and hate crimes in the Baltic states and EU.
  • Be familiar with case studies from Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and also from other EU countries.

 

Development of the Curriculum was financially supported by the European Union’s Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme under the Grant Agreement number 809533–PONGO–REC-AG-2017/REC-RRAC-RACI-AG-2017; project titled ‘Police and NGO Cooperation to Combat Hate Crime in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania: PONGO’. The content of these documents represents the views of the author only and is their sole responsibility. The European Commission does not accept any responsibility for use that may be made of the information it contains.

 

 

This project is co-funded by the European Union


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“Amnesty International” report on Human Rights around the Globe and Lithuania

Every year, “Amnesty International” announces its Report on the state of the world’s human rights. The latest report looks at the situation in 2017/2018 and identifies major human rights issues.

Universal challenges for human rights

Conflict, austerity measures and natural disasters pushed many into deeper poverty and insecurity; millions were forced to flee their homes and seek refuge elsewhere in their own countries or across international borders. Discrimination remained rife in all regions of the world, while Governments of all persuasions continued to crack down on the rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly.

Focus on the situation of reproductive rights and LGBT * community in Lithuania

Parliament considered a law which would severely restrict access to abortion. If implemented, it would restrict women’s access to abortion in cases where the pregnancy poses a risk to the woman’s life or health, or when it is the result of rape. The President signed legislation which discriminated against lesbian, gay and bisexual people. According to the amendment to the Law on Equal Opportunities family members are defined as “spouses or direct descendants”, effectively excluding unmarried partners and thereby preventing – among others – same-sex couples from being legally considered as family members.

In terms of positive developments, it was noted that in two separate cases, a district court ruled in favour of twotransgender people seeking to change theiridentity documents without undergoing gender reassignment surgery. Lithuania offered visas to two gay men from the Russian republic of Chechnya who feared for their safety.

Appropriate redress and reparation is needed to the victims of Secret CIA detention programmes 

The case of Abu Zubaydah v. Lithuania remained pending before the European Court of Human Rights. Abu Zubaydah alleged he had been forcibly disappeared and tortured at a secret CIA detention centre in Lithuania. In September, the UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances urged Lithuania to investigate its involvement in US-led rendition and secret detention programmes; hold those responsible to account; and provide victims with appropriate redress and reparation.


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