Lithuania delivered a statement on behalf of Nordic and Baltic countries on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
On July 9, the Permanent Representative of Lithuania Ambassador Andrius Krivas took the floor on behalf of the Nordic and Baltic countries during the Human Rights Council‘s Interactive dalogue with the Special Rapporteur on the Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and of Association Mr Clément Nyaletsossi Voule.
“As we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the mandate, we are pleased to note the important achievements during last decade, including setting out progressive standards, providing practical assistance and engaging with civil society,“ – said Ambassador Krivas, at the same time voicing concern about the shrinking civil society space in some parts of the world both before and during Covid-19.
The Nordic and Baltic countries are convinced that effectiveness of measures to defeat the pandemic depends on the ability to secure people’s participation and trust. Therefore, they called on governments to follow Special Rapporteur’s recommendation to collaborate with civil society to counter the negative effects of the pandemic.
The mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and of Association this year marks its 10th anniversary. Lithuania, together with the Czech Republic, Indonesia, Maldives and Mexico, is in the core group of countries that presented the resolution of the Human Rights Council on Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and of Association, which established the mandate of the Special Rapporteur. In summer of 2019, the Human Rights Council by consensus adopted the resolution that extended the above mentioned mandate for the upcoming three years. The core group has delivered a joint statement during the Inteactive Dialogue, stressing the importance of the mandate in ensuring the Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and of Association.