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 Every day I fear for my safety living in this country because of my sexual orientation. I am alive but if anyone ever find out and wanted to find out, they can kill me …I am an easy target for anything.
 —Peter, Dominica,…
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Justice Minister’s Opposition Violates European Norms

(Berlin) –The Lithuanian justice minister’s blanket rejection of a gender neutral bill to allow civil partnerships contravenes European standards, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to Justice Minister Juozas Bernatonis released today. The minister was…
Judges of the European Court of Human Rights sit in the courtroom during a hearing at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France.
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The U.N. Human Rights Council recently passed a resolution on “traditional values of humankind” as a vehicle for “promoting human rights and fundamental freedoms.” It sounds innocuous, but its implications are ominous. Indeed, it is an immediate threat to…
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Making a difference in Malawi, Albania, Lithuania and Uganda

Human Rights Watch protects lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people who are subject to discrimination and violence—and sometimes even torture or execution—because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. We advocate for the principles…
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Ban on Information About Sexual Orientation Would Endanger Youth

(New York) - Lithuania's parliament (the Seimas) should eliminate all discriminatory and repressive language in a new law designed to censor information available to children, Human Rights Watch said yesterday in a letter to a key lawmaker. It called on…
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Ban on Information About Sexual Orientation Would Endanger Youth

(New York) - The Lithuanian parliament should not revive a proposed law that had been vetoed by the president, to ban references to gay, lesbian, and bisexual relations in public places, Human Rights Watch said in a letter released today to the speaker of…
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Dear Mr Valinskas, On June 26, 2009 the President of Lithuania vetoed the ‘Law on the Protection of Minors against the Detrimental Effect of Public Information.' On July 7, 2009 the Seimas voted to reconsider the law and will sit in a plenary session on…
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Ban on Information About Sexual Orientation Would Endanger Youth

(New York) - President Valdas Adamkus should veto a proposed law passed by Lithuania's parliament that would ban references to gay, lesbian, and bisexual relations in public places, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to the president. The "Law on…
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His Excellency Valdas Adamkus President of the Republic of Lithuania Simono Daukanto a.3 LT 01021 Vilnius Lithuania Dear Mr. President, On behalf of Human Rights Watch, I urge you to exercise your authority to veto the ‘Law on the Protection of…
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Government Should Prosecute Violence, Prohibit Discrimination

(New York) - The killing of Ebru Soykan, a prominent transgender human rights activist, on March 10, 2009, shows a continuing climate of violence based on gender identity that authorities should urgently take steps to combat, Human Rights Watch said today…