report 2008

Human rights: impressive legislation but inadequate implementation

Lithuania possesses a splendid legislative foundation for the fulfilment of human rights. However state institutions and business interests perceive human rights as a purely formal matter and an onerous obligation (not so much to Lithuanian citizens, but to foreign partners). This attitude has been a serious obstacle to full implementation of current legislation


In terms of gender equity Lithuania places itself above the European average, and in a better condition than most of its neighbours. However, it is still far from reaching the desired level of equality among Lithuanian men and women.