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  • Romania
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

CIA rendition victims challenge Romania and Lithuania at Europe’s human rights court

Hearings being held today at the European Court of Human Rights in two crucial cases against Romania and Lithuania for complicity in the CIA-led rendition and secret detention programmes represent a milestone in accountability, said Amnesty International. A host of European states played a role in facilitating the torture and enforced disappearance of people by the CIA in the aftermath of the 11 September 2011 attacks on the USA.

Date:
29 June 2016
  • News
  • Andorra
  • Armed Conflict

UN: ‘Virtual stampede’ of states rush to join Arms Trade Treaty

A flurry of activity by UN member states to sign and ratify the global Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) before it enters into force next week is another clear sign of the overwhelming support for this historic move to rein in the irresponsible international arms trade, Amnesty International said.   Yesterday alone, Andorra, Israel and Zimbabwe signed the ATT while Lithuania and the Netherlands ratified.

Date:
19 December 2014
  • News
  • Lithuania
  • Detention

Lithuanian Court’s ruling on CIA rendition case, a breakthrough for justice

A decision by a court in Lithuania ruling that a Saudi Arabian national has a right to an investigation into his alleged torture in a secret CIA detention centre in the country is a breakthrough for justice, said Amnesty International. “The court’s decision in the case of Mustafa al-Hawsawi is a real victory in the pursuit of accountability for Lithuania’s alleged complicity in the CIA rendition and secret detention programmes,” said Julia Hall, Amnesty International’s expert on counter-terrorism and human rights.

Date:
29 January 2014
  • News
  • Lithuania
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Vilnius municipal authorities ban upcoming Baltic Pride march

The municipal authorities of the Lithuanian capital, Vilnius, must allow the upcoming Baltic Pride to take place, Amnesty International said today. After a meeting held today with the Lithuania Gay League, organizers of the 27 July march, and Amnesty International, the Vilnius municipality authorities said the event cannot be held in the city centre and failed to propose an alternative route. “It is appalling that despite domestic rulings in favour of Baltic Pride organisers, the city of Vilnius has decided to ban the Baltic Pride march, in blatant violation of the right to freedom of assembly of Baltic Pride’s organisers and other participants,” said John Dalhuisen, Europe and Central Asia Director at Amnesty International.

Date:
26 June 2013
  • News
  • Denmark
  • Detention

EU countries must investigate complicity in CIA renditions

European countries must investigate their alleged involvement in CIA renditions, Amnesty International said today, as a hearing into a new report on the EU's complicity got underway. The report on the illegal transfer, disappearance, and torture of detainees in Europe is being prepared by the European Parliament's (EP) committee on Civil Liberties, Justice & Home Affairs (LIBE). It is the follow-up to the EP's 2007 investigation.

Date:
27 March 2012
  • News
  • Lithuania
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

Rendition victim takes case against Lithuania to European Court

Lithuania’s failure to investigate its role in the US-led rendition programme has forced an alleged victim of secret detention to take his case to the European Court of Human Rights, Amnesty International said today. The case - filed today – centres on Abu Zubaydah’s allegations that he was transferred to Lithuania in 2005, where he was tortured at a secret detention facility. A Lithuanian parliamentary inquiry conducted in 2009 concluded that two secret CIA detention facilities had been prepared between 2002 and 2004 to receive detainees.

Date:
27 October 2011
  • News
  • Lithuania
  • Detention

Lithuania blocking the truth about CIA Secret Prisons

The Lithuanian authorities must reconsider a decision not to re-open an investigation into CIA secret prisons on Lithuanian territory, Amnesty International said today. The announcement by the country’s Prosecutor General comes just weeks after Amnesty International issued a report with new information about extraordinary rendition flights into Lithuania during the time the sites were alleged to be operating.

Date:
21 October 2011
  • News
  • Estonia
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Lithuania's Baltic Pride march gets green light

Amnesty International has welcomed a Lithuanian court decision to allow Saturday's 2010 Baltic Pride march in Vilnius to go ahead. The Supreme Administrative Court decided on Friday that the event could take place, two days after an earlier ruling by a lower court suspending it. The march is Lithuania's first in support of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. "This decision is the only right one and the only one that respects the freedom of assembly and expression," said John Dalhuisen, Amnesty International's expert on discrimination.

Date:
7 May 2010
  • News
  • Estonia
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Lithuania must allow Baltic Pride march to go ahead

Amnesty International has condemned the suspension by a Lithuanian court of the 2010 Baltic Pride march, which was set to take place in the capital Vilnius on Saturday. The city's administrative court on Wednesday agreed to an application by the Lithuanian Interim Attorney General to temporarily suspend the march on public security grounds despite police assurances that they are able to protect participants from attacks from counter-demonstrators.

Date:
5 May 2010
  • News
  • Estonia
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Lithuanian President must support Baltic Pride march

Amnesty International has called on the Lithuanian President, Dalia Grybauskaite, to ensure that the 2010 Baltic Pride march goes ahead on 8 May despite a new attempt to have it banned. A Vilnius court is to rule tomorrow on a request by the country’s Interim Attorney General to ban the march on the grounds that it would constitute a threat to public order. The parade is Lithuania’s first in support of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and there is a strong possibility that counter-demonstrators may gather.

Date:
4 May 2010
  • News
  • Lithuania
  • Discrimination

Homophobic law to enter into force in Lithuania

Amnesty International has called on the authorities of Lithuania to remove all restrictions on the distribution of public information relating to the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people decreed in a new law.    The controversial "Law on the Protection of Minors against the Detrimental Effect of Public Information” enters into force next Monday, 1 March. "This law will violate the freedom of expression and will directly discriminate against people on account of their sexual orientation or gender identity," said John Dalhuisen, expert on discrimination at Amnesty International.

Date:
26 February 2010
  • News
  • Lithuania
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

Lithuania admits existence of secret prison

For the first time a European government has admitted that a secret “black site” existed on its territory, after a Lithuanian parliamentary committee concluded that a CIA secret prison operated in Lithuania during the US-led “war on terror”. “Confirmation of the existence of a secret prison in Lithuania marks a modern low point for human rights protection in Europe,” said Julia Hall, Amnesty International’s expert on counter-terrorism in Europe.

Date:
22 December 2009
  • News
  • Lithuania
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

Lithuania secret prison inquiry must set an example

The Lithuanian government must ensure that its inquiry into allegations that the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) operated a secret prison on Lithuanian soil sets an example in Europe for accountability for human rights abuses, said Amnesty International. A Lithuanian parliamentary committee is currently investigating these allegations and its report is due to be issued next week. Ahead of the report's release, Amnesty International wrote a letter to the head of the parliamentary Committee on National Security and Defence, which is conducting the inquiry.

Date:
17 December 2009
  • News
  • Lithuania
  • Justice Systems

Lithuanian parliament moves to criminalize homosexuality

Any move by the Lithuanian parliament to criminalize the promotion of homosexuality would  violate the country's international obligations to uphold freedom of expression and fight discrimination, Amnesty International warned on Wednesday. This warning comes as the Lithuanian parliament prepares to debate during its autumn session legislative amendments that would criminalise the "promotion of homosexual relations in public places".

Date:
9 September 2009
  • News
  • Lithuania
  • Killings and Disappearances

CIA detention programme: Criminal investigations long overdue

US Attorney General Eric Holder's announcement on Tuesday that he has ordered a "preliminary review" into some interrogations of some detainees in the secret detention programme operated by the CIA after the attacks of 11 September 2001, while a welcome first step, does not go far enough, Amnesty International said. "The USA needs to ensure that every case of torture is submitted for prosecution, whether or not perpetrators claim to have been following orders, and those who authorized or ordered the commission of torture or other criminal abuse of detainees must also be brought to justice," said Rob Freer, Amnesty International’s researcher on the USA.

Date:
27 August 2009
  • News
  • Lithuania
  • Justice Systems

Lithuanian parliament passes homophobic law

The Lithuanian parliament voted on Tuesday to adopt a controversial law that institutionalizes homophobia. Amnesty International has condemned the discriminatory law, which was passed after a majority of parliamentarians voted to overturn an earlier Presidential veto against it. President Valdas Adamkus vetoed the "Law on the Protection of Minors against the Detrimental Effect of Public Information", which violates the right to freedom of expression and the right to be free from discrimination, on 26 June.

Date:
14 July 2009