Fight homophobia and uphold LGBT rights in Lithuania
14 Dec 2010
The right to freedom of expression of LGBT people risks being restricted in Lithuania if the amendment to the Administrative Code will be adopted by the Lithuanian Parliament on 16 December. This amendment would introduce fines (from 580 to 2000 Euros) to punish "the public promotion of homosexual relations". If these sanctions will be introduced, any public expression, portrayal, information about homosexuality would be banned. Such actions would include for instance campaigning on LGBT rights issues, providing sexual health information to LGBT people or organizing events such as gay film festivals and Pride marches like the one held in Vilnius in May this year.
The Lithuanian President herself commented on this amendment to the Administrative Code stating that such initiative damaged the Lithuanian image and presented the country as homophobic and aggressive. Amnesty is also concerned that the draft amendment, if entering into force, could be applied in a way that would restrict freedom of expression for LGBT people and advocates for their rights, and that it would further aggravate homophobia in Lithuania.
What do you think needs to be done to challenge homophobia and uphold LGBT rights in Lithuania?
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