Lithuania Offers Human Rights Recommendations to Cuba
At the ongoing 30th session of the Working Group of the Universal Periodic Review of human rights, on May 16 the Permanent Representative of Lithuania in Geneva, Ambassador Andrius Krivas, took the floor in the UPR interactive discussion with Cuba.
Lithuania expressed concern about Cuba’s human rights record and encouraged it to intensify the efforts toward improving it. Lithuania recommended Cuba to enable and promote the work of civil society by discontinuing restrictive laws and practices; to end arbitrary detention and harassment of human rights defenders and media workers; to enable independent human rights monitoring at detention sites; to guarantee freedom of peaceful assembly and association for all citizens in accordance with international standards; and to ratify the International Covenant of Civil and Political Rights and its Second Optional Protocol on abolition of death penalty.
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 recommendations for improvements. 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.