In Geneva, Lithuania takes floor at Human Rights Council general debate on technical assistance
On 27 September 2018, the Delegation of Lithuania took a floor at the 39th Human Rights Council session in the general debate on technical assistance. Lithuanian delegation welcomed the work of the OHCHR in assisting Georgia to promote and protect human rights on the ground and Georgia’s constructive and open cooperation with the OHCHR.
Recalling that this year marks the 10th anniversary of Russian military aggression against Georgia, Lithuania deplored the widespread abuses of human rights and the continued so-called “borderisation” in Georgia’s breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, which are under Russia’s illegal military control. Lithuania reiterated its previous calls on Russia and de-facto authorities to enable unhindered access by international human rights monitors to both Georgian regions.
Urging international community to respond to the sense of impunity, Lithuania informed about the decision to impose travel restrictions to persons who are on the “Otkhozoria-Tatunashvili” list approved by the Georgian Parliament, which includes those responsible for human rights abuses in Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
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 observer. Lithuania has presented its candidacy to the Human Rights Council for the term 2022-2024.