Although Lithuania signed the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence (the Istanbul Convention) in 2013, it has not yet been ratified. Only five other EU member states have failed to do so.
On 11th and 25th October 2020, Lithuania held parliamentary elections that ultimately led to the creation of a new conservative government.
The annual National Forum on Human Rights (NFHR) in Lithuania was held on December 10, the International Human Rights Day.
Last month the ECtHR delivered its judgment in Pijus Beizaras and Mangirdas Levickas v. Lithuania. By refusing to investigate hate speech on social media, Lithuanian authorities discriminated against two men based on their sexual orientation.
In 2019, HRMI focused on the protection of fundamental human rights in Lithuania, the prevention of domestic violence, victims' rights, prohibition of discrimination at work, and mental health.
In autumn 2019, the Human Rights Monitoring Institute, together with the Office of the Equal Opportunities Ombudsperson, launched Equal Opportunities Wings. The campaign seeks to raise employer and employee awareness on preventing discrimination.
The Poverty and Social Exclusion Review 2019 identified the poverty of disabled individuals in Lithuania as one of the highest in the EU. The overall poverty risk indicator in the country currently stands at 35%, up...
CIVICUS Monitor update on Lithuania - October 2019
In Lithuania, it is still acceptable to think that a wife has a duty to obey her husband. According to an equal opportunities expert, the public has a distorted view on gender roles, which increases the risk of violence.
The draft bill will introduce Article 167¹ to the Criminal Code, providing that systematically stalking people by attempting to contact them directly, through others, in writing or via electronic communications devices, is a misdemeanour.