April 14, 2016

Healing mental disorders with concrete

Lithuania is committed to reducing the number of adults with disabilities placed in social care by 40% before 2020, and the number of children in such arrangements should decrease by 60%. Yet data show that structural investment from the European Union, vital for this process, got channeled into creating slightly more comfortable environments rather than alternative arrangements.

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August 13, 2015

Journalistic experiment: what means to be a Muslim in Lithuania

Two female journalists, when making a research, tried to live as Muslims and to have a chance to feel on their own what experience women covering their faces by veils in Lithuania.

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November 20, 2014

Detention centers in Greece

Greece, as the east gate of Europe for the immigration flows of Middle East is facing the issue of irregular immigration for many years.

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November 18, 2014

Change the migration story

The public and political debate around migration in most European countries has taken on the tone of mass hysteria. The rancid rhetoric of immigrants who are invading our countries. 

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November 5, 2014

Life doesn’t stop after prison

Imprisonment is a time spent between other criminals and separated from a society. The longer it is, the harder it is to start over a new life after the release. 

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January 19, 2014

STOP: Roma and Arabs Not Permitted

‘NO, it’s a private evening.’ ‘NO, the club’s full.’ ‘NO, your dress code is not right.’ Or just a simple ‘NO’. Why? ‘No entrance for gipsies and Arabs – with such words foreigners are greeted at the doors of night clubs and bars in Vilnius. The journalistic experiment shows that people of different ethnicities are not permitted to enter places of fun.

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January 18, 2014

Does the University of Latvia want students with physical disabilities?

The University of Latvia (LU) with 16 100 students is the largest higher education institution in the Baltic States. However, the management of the university can’t tell how many students with disabilities are seeking education at their institutions. The people who are responsible think that there might be “two or three” such students. But nobody knows for sure. This shows a common attitude of the LU towards its students with disabilities. Or, more precisely, no attitude at all.

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January 16, 2014

Domestic Violence: Silent women and a Gummy Law

Some think that the conception of “violence in families” or the so-called “domestic violence” should not be used at all, because family is the ultimate good in itself.  This is one of the reasons why it took 6 years to pass the Law Against Violence in the Immediate Environment in Lithuania.

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January 16, 2014

Do Lithuanian children in homosexual families have rights?

I’ve heard my mother talking to the lawyer that if my other mother died, I’d have to leave my room and go to an orphanage, to the other family or go back to my dad who I’m not even talking to.’ These are not fantasies, but a real situation revealing how unsafe a child growing in a homosexual family is.

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May 17, 2013

Inside Large Institutions: Forced Contraceptives and Abortions

My boyfriend and I are together for two years, we’ve moved in one room.We’d like to have a baby…’ says Milda [name is changed by – authors]. A 34-year-old-woman lives in a small room at a large long stay institutions for people with mental disabilities. The biggest dream of her is to have a family – a dream that is not meant to come true.

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