LITHUANIA

In the context of the UPR, Amnesty International has made the following recommendations to Lithuania

On homophobic legislation:
  • To revise the Law on the Protection of Minors against the Detrimental Effect of Public Information to remove all possibilities of it being applied in a manner that stigmatises or discriminates against LGBT people or violates their rights to freedom of assembly and expression;
  • To refrain from legislative initiatives which would criminalize homosexual relations or otherwise infringe the rights of LGBT people to freedom of expression and non-discrimination;
  • To urgently review the Law on Provision of Public Information to remove the prohibition of reference to “sexual orientation" and to ensure its compliance with the prohibition of discrimination and the right to freedom of expression.


  • On accountability for complicity in the US-led rendition and secret detention programmes:
  • To reopen the investigation into the presence of secret detention sites on Lithuanian territory and to pursue all relevant lines of inquiry regarding the establishment of the sites, including whether and when detainees were transported to or from Lithuania, under what procedures and conditions they were transported, and their treatment in detention;
  • To ensure that the terms of reference of the investigation explicitly include investigation of the direct commission by state actors or their complicity in possible human rights violations according to Lithuania’s international human rights obligations;
  • To respond fully to the allegations of Lithuanian complicity in the CIA rendition programme contained in the February 2010 UN Joint Study on Secret Detention and to open a direct line of communication with the Special Procedures involved in the study to pursue any available information regarding evidence of such collusion;
  • To ensure that where there is credible evidence that serious human violations may have occurred, the prohibition against a statute of limitations on the investigation of certain violations, including torture and other ill-treatment, and enforced disappearance, be observed.


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    Lithuania: Amnesty International's submission to the UN Universal Periodic Review

    Other Amnesty International documents on Lithuania
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