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Annual interactive debate on the rights of persons with disabilities
Intervention by the Nordic and Baltic States
delivered by H.E. Amb. Andrius Krivas, Permanent Representative of Lithuania to the United Nations Office and other International Organizations in Geneva
5 March 2021
On 24 February, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Mantas Adomėnas took part in a virtual ministerial meeting of the Alliance for Multilateralism, which for the second time convened in the margins of the High Level Segment of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. The meeting looked into new challenges for human rights and preparedness and response to health crisis.
On February 23, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis took part in the high level virtual side-event of the 46th session of the Human Rights Council on human rights situation in Crimea and Sevastopol, illegally annexed by the Russian Federation.
On 22 February, the President of Lithuania H.E. Mr. Gitanas Nausėda addressed the United Nations Human Rights Council at the High-Level Segment of the Council's 46th Session. The President presented Lithuania's priorities for the membership of the Human Rights Council in 2022-2024.
On 18 February, a virtual side-event on the human rights violations in Belarus took place in the run-up to the 46th session of the Human Rights Council.
On 12 February, the Permanent Representative of Lithuania Ambassador Andrius Krivas took the floor at the 29th Special Session of the Human Rights Council, initiated by the United Kingdom and the European Union, on the human rights implications of the crisis in Myanmar.
On 9 February, the Permanent Representative of Lithuania Ambassador Andrius Krivas on behalf of the President of the Republic of Lithuania deposited the instrument of accession by the Republic of Lithuania to the Nairobi Treaty on the Protection of the Olympic Symbol with the Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization Mr. Daren Tang.
On 25 and 26 January, the Permanent Representative of Lithuania Ambassador Andrius Krivas took the floor at the 37th session of the Working Group of Universal Periodic Review (UPR) to address the human rights situation in Myanmar, Rwanda and in Georgia.
On 20 and 22 January, the Permanent Representative of Lithuania Ambassador Andrius Krivas took the floor at the 37th session of the Working Group of Universal Periodic Review (UPR) to address the human rights situation in Australia and Austria.
On 21 December, the Permanent Representative of Lithuania Ambassador Andrius Krivas sent a letter to the UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers Diego García-Sayán regarding Russia's actions against Lithuanian justice officials in January 13 case and asked him to react in accordance with his mandate.
On 18 December, Lithuania took the floor in the Interactive Dialogue with the Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ms. Ilze Brands Kehris on the human rights situation in Ukraine.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania allocated three thousand euros to the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in support of the activities of the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances.
On 4 December, the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland, held an interactive dialogue on the situation of human rights in Belarus following the presidential elections of 9 August. The Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevičius, who spoke at an online session, urged the international community to continue to participate fully addressing serious human rights violations in Belarus.
On 24 November, the Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius took part virtually in the Afghanistan Conference in Geneva and assured that Lithuania would continue to work together with the international community to help Afghanistan achieve peace, security and economic independence.
UN human rights experts* said today they were gravely concerned by increased reports of mass detentions, intimidation and torture, and called on authorities to conduct a prompt, independent and impartial investigation into the excessive use of force and unlawful retaliation at peaceful protests.