L’UAAR, insieme ad altre associazioni laiche europee, ha inviato oggi un messaggio a Valdas Adamkus, presidente della Lituania, chiedendogli di porre il veto a una legge votata dal parlamento lituano che definisce le informazioni concernenti le relazioni omo e bisessuali come un “pericolo” per i minori, limitandone dunque molto la diffusione. Maggiori informazioni sulla legge sul sito di Amnesty International.
Questo il testo del messaggio (in inglese):
I write on behalf of the Italian Union of Rationalist Atheists and Agnostics, which represents atheist and agnostics before Italian institutions.
We appeal to you, in the closing days of your term of office as President, to veto the so-called Law on the Protection of Minors against the Detrimental Effect of Public Information.
While the law passed by the Seimas on 16 June includes many admirable provisions, it would also enshrine in the law of the land hatred of and discrimination against gay, lesbian and bisexual people.
The law would violate your country’s obligations under international and European law, a fact that provides ample reason for you to exercise your veto.
It also contradicts the joint statement that Lithuania signed at the UN General Assembly in December 2008, which reaffirmed that human rights apply equally to every human being regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
Your veto on this law in your last days before retiring from the Presidency would be a signal service to Lithuania. However controversial in the short term, it would have great educational effect and would be recognised in the long term as a stand for human rights, understanding and tolerance.