Lithuania expresses support to Ukraine and Georgia at UN Human Right Council in Geneva
On June 18-19, Lithuania took the floor during the interactive dialogue on Ukraine and the general debate on technical assistance and capacity building at the 43rd session of the UN Human Rights Council.
The Permanent Representative of Lithuania Ambassador Andrius Krivas expressed Lithuania’s deep concern about the continued violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms by Russian occupational authorities in Ukraine’s Crimea, City of Sevastopol and Ukraine’s Donbas region, in particular, the violations of rights of Crimean Tatars and forced military conscription in Crimea. He urged Russia to fulfil its international obligations and grant full and unhindered access to the international human rights monitoring mechanisms.
During the general debate on technical assistance and capacity building, Lithuania commended Georgia’s close cooperation with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and expressed its great concern about the deterioration of the security, humanitarian and human rights situation in Russia-occupied Georgian regions of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali region/South Ossetia, continuous process of „borderization“ and restrictions of movement, particularly in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Lithuania reiterated its unwavering support to Ukraine’s and Georgia‘s sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders.
The 43rd session of the Human Rights Council was suspended in March due to the Covid-19 outbreak and resumed its work on June 15. The goal of the Geneva-based Human Rights Council is to promote universal respect for human rights and freedoms, react to the most urgent human rights violations and provide recommendations. Lithuania has presented its candidacy to the Human Rights Council for the term 2022-2024 and currently takes part in the work of the HRC as an observer.
On 1st October 2020, Lithuania took the floor at the 45th session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) in interactive dialogue with the Dėputy High Commissioner for Human Rights on the human rights situation in Ukraine.
On September 28, Lithuania, together with the co-chairs of the United Nations Group of Friends for the Protection of Journalists, France and Greece, released the Joint Statement on the situation of journalists in Belarus. The Joint Statement was supported by more than fifty United Nations Member States, and the European Union.
In order to support the efforts of the United Nations in ensuring respect for the human rights, Lithuania has allocated 30 thousand euros to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).
In support of the joint efforts of the international community to fight the COVID-19 and to support refugees as one of the most vulnerable groups of the society, Lithuania has allocated funds to humanitarian aid.