· The Lithuanian Movement of Families held an international conference in Vilnius this past weekend entitled. "Standing up for natural rights, let's save Europe together."
· The discussion at the event focused on emphasizing the value of the family and the fundamental right of parents to raise their children according to their own beliefs, as well as the dangers accompanying them due to technological advances, globalization and the promotion of gender ideology.
· Speakers included Gudrun Kugler, a member of the Austrian parliament who is involved in the protection of human rights, the director of the Leo Initiative for Social Research at the Catholic University in Washington, DC - Rev. Prof. Paul Sullins, public health specialist and member of the Scottish Family Party - Diane Horsley, the development director of the Ladislav Hanus Institute and organizer of the Conservative Summit in Slovakia - Marek Novák, and the director of the International Law Center of the Ordo Iuris Institute - Veronika Przebierała.
· The event ended with the signing of a joint declaration by the participants, in which they expressed their commitment to the institutions of marriage and family and called for action to promote them.
The conference was organized by the Lithuanian Family Movement, with which Ordo Iuris Institute has been cooperating since 2021. Guests from the US, Lithuania and Scotland, as well as the entire Visegrad group - Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic - were invited to participate in the event. Other speakers included Austrian MP - Gudrun Kugler, as well as the director of the Leo Initiative for Social Research of Catholic University in Washington - Rev. Dr. Paul Sullins. The conference was also attended by public health specialist and Scottish Family Party member Diane Horsley, Lithuanian sociologist and political scientist Dr. Andrius Švarplys, director of the Development Director of the Ladislav Hanus Institute and organizer of the Conservative Summit in Slovakia - Marek Novák, analysts of the Center for Fundamental Rights from Hungary - Anna Lakó and Dénes András Nagy and the Czech Alliance for the Family -Mikuláš Tomáš Misterka, as well as the director of the Center for International Law of the Ordo Iuris Institute - Weronika Przebierała. In her speech, the representative of the Institute drew the audience's attention to the consequences of the reinterpretation of treaty provisions, based on the assumption that laws change meaning in accordance with the evolving views of society.
The conference ended with the adoption of a joint declaration. In it, the signatories expressed their commitment to marriage as the union of a man and a woman. They stressed that "sexual orientations and gender identities, forms of social life or individual self-expression practices based on them, cannot be equated with natural constitutional human rights."
The declaration also opposed violations of parents' constitutional right to raise their children according to their own beliefs and the sexualization of children in schools. The signatories also noted that gender ideology "is false and leads societies and states down a dead end," and that "it should be opposed in all areas of the state: law, politics, the education system, public space." They also noted that in order to combat threats to families, it is necessary to "mobilize all progressive social and political forces, religious and family organizations, and civic communities in every European country and internationally to work together."
· The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that Romania violated the right to respect for private and family life of 21 same-sex couples who complained that their cohabitation could not be formalized.
· The complainants demanded payment of more than half a million euros in compensation for the "psychological suffering" involved.
· The Court ruled on the violation, but refused to award compensation.
· The European Parliament has passed a resolution agreeing to conclude the Istanbul Convention in its entirety for EU institutions and in part for member states.
· The document is controversial due to some provisions promoting gender ideology.
· The EU's accession to the convention would allow EU institutions to impose financial penalties on countries for "inadequate" implementation of its provisions.
· The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg has dismissed complaints against decisions by German civil registry offices that refused to enter information on birth certificates that did not conform to the biological sex of two people.
· The first case involved a woman who changed her metric sex from female to male on her documents and began hormone therapy. After stopping the therapy, she gave birth to a child conceived through in vitro fertilization.
· The Braniewo District Court ruled that there were no grounds for interfering with the parental authority of the parents of three children who had been taken from Norway by the children's agency, Barnevernet, two years earlier.
· After winning cases in Norwegian courts, the mother returned to Poland with her children in August 2022.