July 17, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
The European Parliament approved a resolution to allow Lithuania to adopt the euro as their official currency in a plenary session Wednesday. The resolution, which will make Lithuania the nineteenth nation to join the Eurozone on January 1, 2015, was passed by a vote of 545-116. "This is good news ...[read more]
January 30, 2014
by Cynthia Miley
Amnesty International (AI) on Wednesday applauded the Lithuanian Vilnius Regional Court ruling that Saudi Arabian national Mustafa al-Hawsawi has a right to investigate his alleged torture in a secret Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) detention center. AI called the decision a victory for ...[read more]
October 20, 2013
by Benjamin Minegar
Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi on Sunday declared support of Saudi Arabia's decision to reject a seat on the UN Security Council (UNSC) after several Arab ambassadors criticized the decision earlier this week. The UN awarded Saudi Arabia a two-year position on the UNSC Thursday along with Chad, ...[read more]
September 27, 2013
by Lauren Laing
Amnesty International UK (AI) on Thursday urged Lithuania to reopen its investigation into the country's involvement in the US-led rendition and secret detention programs after a victim came forward with new information. Redress and the Human Rights Monitoring Institute filed a complaint with the ...[read more]
June 26, 2013
by Sydney Normil
Human Rights Watch (HRW) and the Human Rights Monitoring Institute on Tuesday urged Lithuania to reopen its investigation into secret CIA prisons that may have operated in the country from 2001-2006. In 2010 Lithuania launched an investigation into illegal detentions but closed it a year later. ...[read more]
October 28, 2011
by Brandon Gatto
Lawyers for a Guantanamo Bay detainee and alleged al Qaeda facilitator on Thursday filed a case against Lithuania in the European Court of Human Rights for torture and secret detention at a CIA-run location within the Baltic state. The claimant, Abu Zubaydah, is a Palestinian who was captured in ...[read more]
September 30, 2011
by John Paul Putney
Lithuania must reopen the investigation into secret CIA prisons in light of new evidence, Amnesty International (AI) insisted Thursday. AI cited evidence of rendition flights of Abu Zubaydah in 2005 revealed earlier this year by Reprieve, a London-based human rights organization. AI counter- ...[read more]
September 6, 2011
by Jennie Ryan
The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Thomas Hammarberg on Monday urged Lithuania, Poland and Romania to investigate the roles their governments played in the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) program of "secret detention and torture" of terrorism suspects. According to ...[read more]
July 14, 2011
by Dwyer Arce
On July 14, 2009, the Lithuanian parliament approved legislation prohibiting children from being exposed to information on a number of topics, including homosexuality. The parliament overrode the veto of former president Valdas Adamkus, who had rejected an earlier vote by the parliament passing ...[read more]
January 20, 2011
by Drew Singer
Human rights groups are calling for Lithuania to reopen its investigation into whether the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) had a secret prison in the country. Statements from Amnesty International (AI) and Reprieve say that Friday's decision to stop the investigation was premature. AI says ...[read more]

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