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

Created: 2019.09.24 / Updated: 2019.09.24 19:41
    In Geneva, Lithuania makes a statement on the human rights situation in Ukraine

    On 24 September 2019, the Delegation of Lithuania took the floor at the 42nd 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.

     
    The Permanent Representative of Lithuania Ambassador Andrius Krivas expressed Lithuania’s deep concern about the continued suppression of fundamental freedoms by Russian occupational authorities in Ukraine’s Crimea and in Ukraine’s Donbas region, violations of rights of Crimean Tatars, forced military conscription in Crimea.
     
    Lithuania welcomed the return of Ukrainians illegally detained or imprisoned by Russia to Ukraine, called on Russia to immediately release all Ukrainian citizens who remain detained or imprisoned, and expressed hope that the release of a key witness in MH17 case in prisoner exchange will not impede investigation. Lithuania urged Russia to grant international human rights monitors full and unhindered access to the temporarily occupied Crimea and the Donbas region controlled by Russia-backed armed formations.
     
    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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