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For Specialists

Useful recourses:

Hate Crimes and Hate Speech: Overview of the Situation in Lithuania.

Code of Conduct. Illegal online hate speech. Questions and answers. European Commission (2016).

Policing Hate Crime against LGBTI persons: Training for a Professional Police Response. Joanna Pery and Paul Franey. Council of Europe (2017).

 

For media

MEAA Guidelines on Reporting Hate Speech and Extremism.

BBC Editorial Guidelines about Racist Language.

Ethical Journalism Network. Hate Speech: A 5-point Test for Journalists.

 

If you have experienced a hate crime, you can report it:

POLICE: In case of a threat to life, health, safety or property, call the general emergency number 112. Officers must arrive immediately at the scene of the crime and provide the necessary assistance. You can also report a crime by filling in the electronic reporting form on the Epolicija.lt website. You can also report hate speech (slogans on the street, text messages, comments on the internet) in the same way.

PROSECUTOR’S OFFICE. You can also report hate speech directly to the Prosecutor General’s Office at Rinktinės g. 5A, LT-01515 Vilnius, or by email to generaline.prokuratura@prokuraturos.lt.

OFFICE OF THE INSPECTOR OF JOURNALIST ETHICS. If you notice hate speech in the media (articles, publications, advertisements, social media posts, etc.), please report it to the Office of the Inspector of Journalist Ethics. You can submit your complaint online or send it to Gedimino pr. 60, LT-01110, Vilnius.

This service does not evaluate radio and TV content.

Non-governmental organizations also provide assistance to victims in Lithuania:

European Foundation of Human Rights. Advice, drafting of legal documents, representation before courts and other institutions.

Lithuanian Red Cross. Provides legal advice to migrants (refugees, asylum-seekers, asylees).

National LGBT organization LGL.  Provides free legal advice to victims of hate crime in the LGBT community.

Centre for Crime Prevention in Lithuania. A team of criminologists, psychologists and lawyers provide free support. Provides information, answers questions, and helps you find out where and how to report a crime.