2018 Report on International Religious Freedom

Executive Summary The constitution provides for freedom of religion, freedom of religious practice, and state recognition of religious organizations, provided they do not contradict the constitution or the law.  The government extends special benefits to nine “traditional” religious groups and more limited benefits to four “recognized” religious groups.  Religious groups must register with the government to gain … Continue reading "2018 Report on International Religious Freedom"

2018 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices (excerpts), 2019

Section 1. Respect for the Integrity of the Person, Including Freedom from: [..] E. DENIAL OF FAIR PUBLIC TRIAL [..] PROPERTY RESTITUTION The government has laws and mechanisms in place to address the issue of property restitution, and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and advocacy groups reported that the government has made some progress on the resolution … Continue reading "2018 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices (excerpts), 2019"

Recommendation by Canada to Lithuania: UPR 2nd round, 2016

Accepted by Lithuania –  100.82 Raise public awareness of hate speech and hate crimes on grounds of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religious affiliation, disability or ethnic identity; encourage reporting to authorities; and develop procedures to ensure such crimes are effectively investigated (Canada); Document data: the list of recommendations is contained in the Report of … Continue reading "Recommendation by Canada to Lithuania: UPR 2nd round, 2016"

Recommendation by the Netherlands to Lithuania: UPR 2nd round, 2016

Accepted by Lithuania – 100.74 Step up efforts to investigate and act upon instances of hate speech and hate crime and to ensure effective access to justice and remedies for victims, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex persons and members of religious or ethnic minority communities (Netherlands); Document data: the list of recommendations is contained … Continue reading "Recommendation by the Netherlands to Lithuania: UPR 2nd round, 2016"

Recommendation by Israel to Lithuania: UPR 2nd round, 2016

Accepted by Lithuania –  100.71 Reinforce existing educational programmes about the Holocaust, and introduce additional ones, as a key lesson in the fight against racial discrimination (Israel); Document data: the list of recommendations is contained in the Report of the Working group (A/HRC/34/9), Lithuania’s attitude in its Addendum 1 (A/HRC/34/9/Add.1) Link: https://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/UPR/Pages/LTIndex.aspxAlso available in the other … Continue reading "Recommendation by Israel to Lithuania: UPR 2nd round, 2016"

Recommendations by Saudi Arabia to Lithuania: UPR 2nd round, 2016

Accepted by Lithuania –  100.51 Establish a holistic strategy to strengthen social cohesion and to respect religious diversity (Saudi Arabia); Accepted by Lithuania –  100.52 Legally define the limit between freedom of expression and hate speech, and take measures to ensure that minorities are represented in the social and political spheres (Saudi Arabia); Accepted by Lithuania –  100.53 … Continue reading "Recommendations by Saudi Arabia to Lithuania: UPR 2nd round, 2016"