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2020 09 15
The final conference of the hate crime prevention project was held

The final conference of the project “Strengthening the Response to Hate Crimes and the Language of Hate in Lithuania” funded by the European Union’s Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme (2014–2020) was held on 10 th of September, 2020.

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2020 08 13
Government decisions regarding events

On Wednesday, the Government decided to increase the maximum number of participants in indoor events to 600 people from August 16 to 31. From 1 September onwards, the number of participants will no longer be restricted, but it will be important to follow the decisions of the State Commander of National Emergency Operations as regards the requirements (keeping distance, wearing protective...

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2020 08 12
R. Tamašunienė: Lithuania will always be safe haven for persecuted foreign citizens

"We are closely monitoring the situation in Belarus and have prepared a plan of measures for the possible event of an increase in the number of Belarusian citizens applying for asylum in Lithuania. Persons who will apply for asylum and qualify for refugee status will be granted such asylum in our country”, – says Minister of the Interior...

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2020 05 12
From 11 May, new updates regarding cross-border and self isolation

From May 11, travelling between Lithuania and Poland is facilitated – you no longer have to self-isolate for 14 days after the trip, however, the document verification procedures remain. From May 15, similar conditions will come into force when travelling to the Baltic States: Latvia and Estonia. Internal border controls will continue until May 31. 

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2020 05 05
Recommendations for law enforcement officials on how to cooperate with communities vulnerable to hate crime

In order to strengthen the links between law enforcement authorities and communities vulnerable to hate crime, a practical guide for law enforcement officers commissioned by the Ministry of the Interior was prepared and published under the title “ Cooperation with communities vulnerable to hate...

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2020 04 02
Recommendations on the investigation of hate crimes and hate speech have entered into force

An updated version of the Methodological Recommendations on the Peculiarities of Conducting, Organizing and Guiding the Pre-Trial Investigation of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech  was approved by the Prosecutor General and entered into force on April 1, 2020.

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2020 03 24
Legal Status of Foreigners in the Republic of Lithuania during the Quarantine

The Migration Department informs that foreigners, whose period of legal residence in Lithuania expired during the declared quarantine and who were unable to depart from the Republic of Lithuania in due time through no fault of their own, will not be subject to the return decisions, as well as administrative liability for illegal stay.

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2020 03 02
What you need to know about coronavirus (COVID-19)

The government has declared a state-level emergency across the country over the threat of the spread of the new coronavirus (COVID-19).  What should foreign nationals in Lithuania know?

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2020 02 13
Officials discussed the hate crime situation in Vilnius

A round table discussion took place in Vilnius on the 11th of February 2020. During the meeting, police officers and prosecutors met with members of communities vulnerable to hate crime living in Vilnius and non-governmental organizations representing them.

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2020 01 30
Important message for UK nationals and their family members

Following the entry into force of the EU-UK Withdrawal Agreement, the status of UK nationals and their family members will remain unchanged and they will continue to enjoy free movement within the EU until the end of the transitional period (31 December 2020).  

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2020 01 28
MIA recommendations on how to prosecute hate crimes

Criminal act motivated by hatred and/or bias towards a group or a person based on age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, race, nationality, language, origin, social status, religion, beliefs or views significantly threatens democratic values, public security and the existence of a pluralistic society.

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2020 01 26
EU Home Affairs ministers met to discuss migration challenges and protection of the common European space

Minister of the Interior Rita Tamašunienė attended an informal meeting of the European Union (EU) Justice and Home Affairs Ministers in Zagreb (Croatia).

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