On 5 October, Lithuania took the floor at the Human Rights Council 48th Session’s Interactive Dialog with the United Nations (UN) Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms Nada Al-Nashif, based on the oral update on the human rights situation in Ukraine.
Lithuania strongly condemned illegal annexation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol by Russia, its continuing military aggression in eastern Ukraine, where civilian casualties and ceasefire violations increased dramatically. Lithuania urged Russia to cease immediately politically motivated detentions of Ukrainians, persecutions of Crimean Tatars, torture, ill-treatment, continuous restrictions of fundamental freedoms of expression, religion and assembly.
Lithuania also condemned illegal Russia’s actions seeking to legitimize the annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol and to deepen its presence in Donetsk and Luhansk regions currently not under the control of the Government of Ukraine. These actions include Russian State Duma elections held in the Crimean peninsula, involvement of residents of parts of eastern Ukraine in Russian elections, enforcement of Russian legislation in Crimea and Sevastopol.
Lithuania reiterated its continuous support to Ukraine’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders.
The Human Rights Council is an intergovernmental body made up of 47 States elected by the UN General Assembly. It is responsible for strengthening human rights globally and addressing human rights violations. Lithuania is currently working as an observer and campaigning for membership of the HRC for the term 2022-2024. Elections will take place on October 14th, 2021 in New York.