Shadow report on Lithuania submitted to UN Human Rights Committee
Lithuanian Gay League in a collaborative effort with the Global Initiative for Sexuality and Human Rights of Heartland Alliance has prepared and submitted a shadow report on Lithuania focusing on LGBT rights.
The shadow report has been drawn up for the review of Lithuania before the UN Human Rights Committee on the implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). The Human Rights Committee will consider Lithuania’s November 2010 third periodic national report during its 105th session in Geneva taking place from July 9th to 27th 2012.
Civil society organizations have the opportunity to submit shadow reports in response to the reports submitted by the states. In the review, the government will be questioned by the Human Rights Committee, and issues that will be raised will be then included in concluding observations.
The shadow report draws attention to the fact that, in spite of its commitment to uphold the spirit of the ICCPR, the Lithuanian government has failed to adequately address and report on human rights violations committed on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity by failing to even mention them in its third periodic report and by failing to adequately address them in its reply to the list of issues to be taken up in connection with consideration of Lithuania’s third periodic report. The shadow report poses questions to the government of Lithuania, and makes various recommendations.