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In Geneva, Lithuania makes a statement on the human rights situation in Ukraine

Created: 2019.07.10 / Updated: 2019.07.10 13:17
    In Geneva, Lithuania makes a statement on the human rights situation in Ukraine

    On 10 July, 2019 the Delegation of Lithuania took the floor at the 41st session of the Human Rights Council in the interactive dialogue with the Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights on the situation of human rights in Ukraine.

    The Deputy Permanent Representative of Lithuania expressed Lithuania’s deep concern about gross violations of human rights by Russian de facto authorities in illegally occupied Crimea and in Ukraine’s Donbas region, which disproportionately affect ethnic Ukrainians and Crimean Tatars, and called on Russia to grant international human rights monitors full and unhindered access to these areas.
     
    Lithuania called for immediate release of all Ukrainian political prisoners detained by Russia and the Ukrainian seamen captured in the Kerch straight last November. Lithuania stressed that the recent decision by Russia to simplify granting its citizenship to people living in Ukraine’s Donbas region violates international law and Ukraine’s sovereignty.
     
    The Geneva-based Human Rights Council was established in 2006. Its 47 members are elected from among the UN Member States. Lithuania takes part in the work of the HRC as an observer. Lithuania has presented its candidacy to the Human Rights Council for the term 2022-2024.

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