On 21 March, 2019 the Delegation of Lithuania took the floor at the 40th session of the Human Rights Council in the general debate on technical assistance and capacity building. The Permanent Representative of Lithuania Ambassador Andrius Krivas expressed Lithuania’s appreciation and full support for the work of OHCHR in providing technical assistance to Georgia and commended Georgia’s close cooperation with the OHCHR.
On 20 March, 2019 the Delegation of Lithuania took the floor at the 40th session of the Human Rights Council in interactive dialogue with the Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights on the situation of human rights in Ukraine.
On 13 March 2019, at the 40th session of the Human Rights Council the Delegation of Lithuania expressed Lithuania‘s firm support for the special procedures of the Human Rights Council, which play a crucial role in improving human rights situation and in preventing human rights violations.
On 11 March 2019, the Delegation of Lithuania took the floor at the 40th Human Rights Council session in the interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, Ms. Yanghee Lee. The Permanent Representative of Lithuania Ambassador Andrius Krivas expressed his country’s deep concern over the shrinking democracy space in Myanmar, continuous erosion of the freedom of expression, attacks against journalists and human rights defenders.
On 6 March, a group of thirty students and teaching assistants from the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium visited the Permanent Mission of Lithuania as part of their study trip to international Geneva.
On 7 March 2019, the Permanent Missions of France, Romania and Lithuania in Geneva together with the UN Women and NGO Plan International organised an event in the margins of the 40th session of the Human Rights Council in order to discuss on how economic empowerment and education of women and girls can help to fight against discrimination.
On 7 March 2019, the Delegation of Lithuania at the 40th session of the UN Human Rights Council took the floor in the interactive dialogue with the High Commissioner for Human Rights H. E. Michelle Bachelet.
The Permanent Representatives of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia in Geneva ask the Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union to reflect in the ITU public record the correct date of their countries’ accession to the Union.
On 27 February 2019, at the High-Level segment of the 40th session of the Human Rights Council held in Geneva, the Political Director of the Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ambassador Asta Skaisgirytė reaffirmed Lithuania’s commitment to human rights and expressed strong support to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and her mandate.
On 26 February, a High-level pledging event for the Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen, organised by the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) together with the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Sweden and Switzerland, took place at the United Nations Office in Geneva. As the armed conflict continues, Yemen remains the largest humanitarian crisis in the world, where more than 24 million people are in need of humanitarian or protection assistance, including 15 million who require immediate assistance to save or sustain their lives.
On 26 February Political Director of Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ambassador Asta Skaisgirytė participated in the Ministerial Panel Discussion on violations of human rights of Ukrainian prisoners of war and political hostages of the Russian Federation, which was organised by Ukraine, Lithuania and Latvia in the margins of the High-Level Segment of the 40th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva.
On 7 February, the Meeting of the Parties to the Espoo Convention in Geneva decided that Belarus had violated the Espoo Convention in choosing a construction site for its nuclear power plant. Reviewing violations by Belarus has attracted the international community’s attention.
On 29 January 2019, the Permanent Representative of Lithuania, Ambassador Andrius Krivas, took the floor during the periodic review of human rights situation in Cambodia at the 32nd session of the Working Group of Universal Periodic Review which is being held in Geneva on 25 January – 1 February 2019.
Friday, January 25, Klosters-Davos, Switzerland. President Dalia Grybauskaitė, currently attending the World Economic Forum, met with Dr. Fabiola Gianotti, Director General of the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). It was announced that Lithuania was going to host two CERN business incubation centers – one in Vilnius and another in Kaunas.