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Lithuania speaks in the Human Rights Council on Ukraine and Georgia
On 22-23 March, Permanent Representative of Lithuania in Geneva, Ambassador Andrius Krivas, took the floor at the 46th session of the Human Rights Council in the Interactive Dialogue with the Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Nada Al-Nashif on the human rights situation in Ukraine and in the General Debate on technical assistance and capacity building.
At the Interactive Dialogue with the Deputy High Commissioner on the human rights situation in Ukraine, Lithuania expressed its firm support to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders and condemned Russia’s ongoing aggression against Ukraine. It was stated that the war in eastern Ukraine continued to negatively impact the human rights and humanitarian situation and that the human rights situation in the illegally annexed Crimea and Sevastopol was deteriorating. “Imposing of Russian passports, forced conscription, deportations and ill-treatment in detention, persecution of Crimean Tatars as well as continuous restrictions of fundamental freedoms of expression, religion or assembly must stop,” said the Ambassador.
At the General Debate on technical assistance and capacity building, Lithuania expressed its support to the work of OHCHR in providing technical assistance to Georgia, commended Georgia’s close cooperation with the Office and expressed support to the resolution on cooperation with Georgia. Lithuania shared concern about the human rights violations, including discrimination based on ethnic grounds, arbitrary detentions and obstacles for IDPs and refugees in Russia-controlled Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Ambassador Krivas called upon Russia to properly follow up on the ruling of the European Court of Human Rights of January 21st 2021, which concluded that the Russian Federation, exercising effective control over Abkhazia and South Ossetia, was responsible for numerous human rights violations. Lithuania reiterated its firm support to Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders, and called for access by international human rights monitors to Georgia’s regions occupied by Russia and for termination of the latter’s illegal military presence in Georgia’s territory.
The Human Rights Council is an intergovernmental body made up of 47 States elected by the UN General Assembly. It is responsible for strengthening the respect for human rights globally and addressing human rights violations. Lithuania is currently working as an observer and campaigning for membership of the Human Rights Council for the term 2022-2024.