09 June 2009
Lithuanian parliament must vote against homophobic law
The final vote on a law that would prohibit the discussion of homosexuality in Lithuanian schools takes place on Thursday 11 June.

The proposed measure, which received overwhelming approval by the Lithuanian parliament last week, would ban any reference to homosexuality in public information that can be viewed by children.

Amnesty International condemned the vote by the Seimas (the Lithuanian parliament), saying that the amendment institutionalizes homophobia and violates the right to freedom of expression and the right to be free from discrimination.

On 2 June 2009, 57 parliamentarians voted in favour of the law, two against and eight abstained.

The proposed amendment goes against the joint statement that Lithuania signed at the UN General Assembly in December 2008, which reaffirmed that human rights apply equally to every human being regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
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