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Lithuania approves Bill 'to protect' children

Publish date: 17 July 2009
Issue Number: 2358
Diary: Legalbrief Today
Category: Human Rights

The Lithuanian Parliament has approved a Bill that would prohibit children from being exposed to information on a number of topics, including homosexuality.

A Jurist report notes that the Parliament overrode the veto of former President Valdas Adamkus, who had rejected an earlier vote by the Parliament to pass the Bill. Under Lithuanian law, current President Dalia Grybauskaite cannot veto the Bill again, and must sign it within three days. Grybauskaite has said she will reluctantly sign the Bill. News of the Bill's passage brought swift comment from rights groups across Europe. The report says that Amnesty International UK has warned that the Bill could, 'institutionalise homophobia' and 'further the stigmatisation of and prejudice against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people'. Full Jurist report