On June 11, 1993, the Lithuanian Parliament repealed Paragraph 1 of Article 122 of the Criminal Code, which outlawed consensual sex between adult men. Still in effect, however, is Paragraph 2, which criminalizes sex between men involving violence, a state of helplessness, or dependence of one of the individuals, as well as male homosexual sex with a minor. While these should obviously remain criminal activities, they should be applied under the same criminal codes as heterosexuals. Additionally, there are allegations that through coerced testimony, fabricated evidence, or entrapment, gay men have been punished under Paragraph 2 to lengthen their sentences. Write or fax letters to the officials below, warmly congratulating them on their furthering of human rights in Lithuania, and in particular for gay and lesbian people, and urge that all prisoners still incarcerated under Article 122, Paragraph 1 be released immediately. Demand that any abuses of Paragraph 2 be investigated and stopped without further delay.
- Prime Minister Gediminas Bagnorius
- Office of the Prime Minister
FAX: +370 2 619953
- Vytautas Pakalniskas, Minister of Justice
- Lentjuviu 24
FAX: +370 2 353725
- Algidas Saudargas, Minister of Foreign Affairs
- Tumo-Vaivganto 2
FAX: +370 2 620752
- Ambassador Stasys Lozoraitis, Jr.
Embassy of Lithuania
- 2622 16th St., N.W.
Washington, DC 20009
Published on July 1, 1993 | OutRight Action International an LGBT human rights organization