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Lithuania offers human rights recommendations to Kyrgyzstan and Armenia
On 20 and 23 January, the Lithuanian delegation took the floor at the 35th session of the Working Group of Universal Periodic Review to address the human rights situation in Kyrgyzstan and Armenia.
Welcoming positive legislative steps taken by Kyrgyzstan in ensuring rights of women, children and persons with disabilities, Lithuania recommended Kyrgyzstan to enhance its efforts in combatting violence against women and children, child labour, to create an enabling environment for media freedom and freedom of opinion and expression, both online and offline, and to ratify the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance.
Lithuania welcomed the substantial progress achieved by Armenia in the last 18 months in strengthening human rights and recommended Armenia to implement the envisaged reform of justice sector with a view to establishing a genuinely independent judiciary and increasing public trust in it, and to strengthen efforts in creating safe and enabling environment for civil society, human rights defenders and journalists.
The UPR is a human rights mechanism employed since 2008. 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.