Lithuania Makes Human Rights Recommendations to Uzbekistan
At the ongoing 30th session of the Working Group of the Universal Periodic Review of human rights, on May 9, the Permanent Representative of Lithuania in Geneva, Ambassador Andrius Krivas, took the floor in the interactive discussion with Uzbekistan.
Lithuania commended current positive trends in the situation of human rights in Uzbekistan. For further improvement, Lithuania recommended Uzbekistan to ratify the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture; to grant independent monitors access to detention facilities; to bring national laws on NGOs and defamation in accordance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights; and to ensure that NGOs, human rights defenders, journalists and other members of the civil society can fully exercise the freedom of expression, assembly and association.
The 30th session of the UPR Working Group takes place in Geneva from 7 to 18 May. It examines the human rights situation in Turkmenistan, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Germany, Uzbekistan, Tuvalu, Columbia, Djibouti, Canada, Bangladesh, Russia, Azerbaijan, Cameroon, and Cuba.
The UPR is a human rights mechanism employed since 2008. It is considered one of the most successful UN working methods in the field of human rights, which ensures equal treatment of all Member States. The UPR assesses the human rights situation in each individual country and provides peer recommendations. At the end of each UPR cycle, UN Members produce reports about the implementation of the adopted recommendations and overall progress in the area of human rights. Countries undergo the UPR every five years. Lithuania had its first review in 2011. In 2017, its second-cycle UPR report got adopted.