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Lithuania Speaks at Belarus UPR Adoption
On 16 March, the Permanent Representative of Lithuania Ambassador Andrius Krivas took the floor at the Human Rights Council’s meeting dedicated to the adoption of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) outcomes of Belarus.
Lithuania encouraged Belarus to support a much bigger number of recommendations provided by the UN Member States, including the five recommendations by Lithuania. “The more recommendations are accepted for implementation, the bigger the chance that it may help at least partially alleviate the unprecedented human rights crisis in Belarus depicted in the recent report by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights”, - the Ambassador underlined.
The Universal Periodic Review 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 reviews in 2011 and 2017. The third-cycle review will take place in January 2022.