Lithuania - Overview

Civil society is free to form, organise and assemble in Lithuania, while free speech is mostly respected. There is strong state and regulatory support for NGOs and the government has sought ways to increase and improve NGO participation in policy-making decisions, including through the signing of a memorandum of understanding between CSOs and cabinet. A vibrant media exits, especially online, but there are concerns about societal discrimination against LGBTI groups and people. Access to ‘Russian propaganda’ has also been restricted and security laws are sometimes used to restrict access to certain state information. Protests are common in Lithuania, and mostly peaceful.