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further to Questions for Oral Answer B7‑0669/2010, B7‑0803/2010 and B7‑0804/2010

pursuant to Rule 115(5) of the Rules of Procedure

on the alleged violation of freedom of expression and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in Lithuania

Simon Busuttil, Véronique Mathieu on behalf of the PPE Group

European Parliament resolution on the alleged violation of freedom of expression and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in Lithuania  

The European Parliament,

–   having regard to European Union’s provisions on fundamental freedoms, and in particular to Articles 2 and 3 of the Treaty on the European Union and to Articles 11 and 21 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights on non discrimination and press freedom,

–   having regard to international and European human rights obligations, including those contained in the UN conventions on human rights and in the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms,

–   having regard to Rules 115(5) and 110(2) of its Rules of Procedure,

A. whereas on 12 November 2010 the Lithuanian Parliament decided to start the procedure of consideration of the amendment to the Lithuanian Administrative Code stating that public promotion of homosexual relations should carry a fine,

B.  whereas the draft modifications to the Administrative Code were taken off the agenda of the Seimas plenary session because they had not been examined by the relevant parliamentary committees and are still under review by the Lithuanian national authorities,

C. whereas the proposed modification of the Administrative Code was evaluated negatively by the Legal Department of Seimas and the European Law department under the Ministry of Justice,

D. whereas in the project of the Government ruling, prepared by the Ministry of Justice, the proposed modification of the Administrative Code is evaluated negatively and it is stated that it contradicts international, European and Lithuania's Constitutional law,

1.  Upholds the values and principles upon which the Union is founded, in particular the respect for human rights, including the rights of all minorities;

2.  Affirms the importance for the European Union to fight against all forms of discrimination, and in particular discrimination based on sexual orientation;

3.  Alerts that the proposed modifications have not been voted yet by the Plenary of the Lithuanian Parliament and that they are still under review by the Lithuanian national authorities;

4.  Reiterates the importance of respecting the right of any democracy - in full compliance with human rights and non-discrimination principle - to discuss, modify and adopt national laws and provisions, without interfering in the debates of national parliaments;

5.  Welcomes the plan by the Lithuanian authorities to review the proposed modifications that have been deemed to be in conflict with European law, notably in relation to the principle of non-discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation;

6.  Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Commission, the Council, the Governments and Parliaments of the Member States and of the candidate countries, and the President of the Republic of Lithuania.

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