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Lithuania offers human rights recommendations to Sweden and Turkey
On 27 and 28 January, the Permanent Representative of Lithuania Ambassador Andrius Krivas took the floor at the 35th session of the Working Group of Universal Periodic Review to address the human rights situation in Sweden and in Turkey.
Lithuania congratulated Sweden on its ambitious feminist foreign policy and recommended to expedite the process of establishment of an independent National Human Rights Institution and to consider ratifying the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance.
Lithuania recommended Turkey to uphold the principle of gender equality in national legislation and policies and enhance the efforts to effectively implement it, to ensure that all reports of gender based violence are duly investigated and to adopt legislative arrangements and specific measures implementing the Judicial Reform Strategy, inter alia, as part of ensuring media freedom and freedom of opinion and expression, both online and offline.
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.