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The following information is based on the Amnesty International Report 2020/21. This report documents the human rights situation in 149 countries in 2020, as well as providing global and regional analysis. It presents Amnesty lnternational’s concerns and calls for action to governments and others. During 2020, the world was rocked by COVID-19. The pandemic and measures taken to tackle it impacted everyone, but also threw into stark relief, and sometimes aggravated, existing inequalities and patterns of abuse.

Lithuania Human Rights 2020

In 2020, Lithuania’s alleged complicity in the CIA’s rendition and secret detention programme remained under scrutiny. LGBTI people continued to face discrimination. Measures taken in response to the COVID-19 virus negatively affected women.

Torture and other ill-treatment

The case of Al-Hawsawi v Lithuania remained pending before the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR). Mustafa Al-Hawsawi, a Saudi Arabian national detained at Guantanamo Bay, claimed he had been held at a secret CIA detention centre in Lithuania and subjected to enforced disappearance, arbitrary detention and torture by the CIA between 2005 and 2006. In January 2020, lawyers for Mustafa Al-Hawsawi filed their response to Lithuania’s submission to the ECtHR.

Rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people

Discrimination against LGBTI people remained prevalent in Lithuania. In January 2020, the ECtHR found in favour of two gay men who had been subjected to online comments amounting to incitement to hatred and violence against LGBTI people. The authorities refused to investigate the comments, stating that the applicants’ behaviour had been “eccentric” and deliberately provocative and citing “traditional family values” in Lithuania. The ECtHR found that the applicants had suffered discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and been denied an effective domestic remedy.

Women’s rights

The Equal Opportunities Ombudsperson voiced concern that measures imposed to prevent the spread of COVID-19 disproportionately affected women, noting an increase in reports of domestic violence to police. Civil society groups reported that some health care providers had suspended or cancelled abortion services during the nationwide lockdown from March to June 2020, restricting women’s access to sexual and reproductive health care.

Right to privacy

In April 2020, the government proposed an amendment to the Law on Electronic Communications in response to the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The amendment would grant law enforcement broad powers to obtain a person’s location data from telecommunications providers during a state of emergency or declared quarantine, without prior judicial authorization. Opposition politicians and health workers’ associations warned that the proposed powers would enable widespread surveillance and have limited public health benefits.

 

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December 1, 2021 • Press Release

“Exceptional Measures” Normalize Dehumanization of Asylum Seekers in Europe

In response to today’s proposals from the European Commission which would allow Latvia, Lithuania and Poland to derogate from EU rules, including by holding asylum-seekers and migrants at the border for 16 weeks with minimal safeguards, Eve Geddie, Director of Amnesty International’s European Office said: “The arrival of people at the EU’s borders with Belarus is entirely manageable with the rules as they stand. Today’s proposals will further punish people for political gain, weaken asylum protections, and undermine the EU’s standing at home and abroad. If the EU can allow a minority of member states to throw out the rule book due to the presence of a few thousand people at its border, it throws out any authority it has on human rights and the rule of law.

February 18, 2016 • Report

Amnesty International State of the World 2015-2016

International protection of human rights is in danger of unravelling as short-term national self-interest and draconian security crackdowns have led to a wholesale assault on basic freedoms and rights, warned Amnesty International as it launched its annual assessment of human rights around the world. “Your rights are in jeopardy: they are being treated with utter contempt by many governments around the world,” said Salil Shetty, Secretary General of Amnesty International.

February 25, 2015 • Report

State of the World 2014/2015

This has been a devastating year for those seeking to stand up for human rights and for those caught up in the suffering of war zones. Governments pay lip service to the importance of protecting civilians. And yet the world's politicians have miserably failed to protect those in greatest need. Amnesty International believes that this can and must finally change.

May 21, 2013 • Report

Annual Report: Lithuania 2013

REPUBLIC OF LITHUANIA Head of state Dalia Grybauskaitė Head of government Algirdas Butkevičius (replaced Andrius Kubilius) A lack of accountability persisted over complicity in US-led rendition and secret detention programmes. …

September 29, 2011 • Report

Lithuania: Re-open secret prison investigation now

The Lithuanian government has admitted its involvement in the US-led rendition and secret detention programmes. An investigation opened into two secret CIA detention sites that had already been acknowledged was abruptly terminated in January 2011 on highly dubious grounds. In this report, Amnesty International suggests critical lines of enquiry that have not been pursued, and calls on the authorities to re-open the investigations into both its own involvement in these operations and that of the USA and its agents on Lithuanian territory.

March 26, 2011 • Report

Europe: Open Secret: Mounting Evidence of Europe’s Complicity in Rendition and Secret Detention

Europe: Open Secret: Mounting Evidence of Europe’s Complicity in Rendition and Secret Detention Available in PDF only.

March 19, 2011 • Report

Annual Report: Lithuania 2010

Head of state Dalia Grybauskait? (replaced Valdas Adamkus in July) Head of government Andrius Kubilius Death penalty abolitionist for all crimes Population 3.3 million Life expectancy 71.8 years Under-5 mortality …

June 28, 2016 • Press Release

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 programs represent a milestone in accountability, said Amnesty International.

February 22, 2016 • Press Release

Amnesty International’s Annual State of the World Report Slams Governments, Including the U.S., for Global Assault on Freedoms

On the launch of its 2015 State of the World report, Amnesty International USA urged President Obama to use his last year in office to bring U.S. laws and policies in line with international human rights standards.

February 18, 2016 • Press Release

Your rights in jeopardy, global assault on freedoms, warns Amnesty International

International protection of human rights is in danger of unravelling as short-term national self-interest and draconian security crackdowns have led to a wholesale assault on basic freedoms and rights, warned Amnesty International as it launched its annual assessment of human rights around the world. “Your rights are in jeopardy: they are being treated with utter contempt by many governments around the world,” said Salil Shetty, Secretary General of Amnesty International.

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