Linkevičius at the UN Human Rights Council: Serious human rights violations continue in Belarus
On 18 September, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius participated remotely at the 45th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council and spoke in an urgent debate on the human rights situation in Belarus.
Lithuania’s Foreign Minister urged the international community to initiate joint and determined action to respond to continuing human rights violations in Belarus.
Linkevičius also called on the international community to investigate human rights violations in Belarus and urged the Belarusian leadership to fully cooperate with all the UN human rights mechanisms, including the UN's Special Rapporteurs.
“Once again, Lithuania reminds Belarus to hold genuinely democratic elections, to secure human rights and fundamental freedoms, and to stop immediately any assault against peaceful protesters and journalists,” said Linkevičius.
The issue of human rights situation in Belarus was additionally included on the agenda of the 45th regular session of the Human Rights Council at the initiative of the European Union. It is expected that a resolution on the continuing human rights violations in the country will be adopted besides the urgent debate.
The United Nations General Assembly established the Human Rights Council in 2006. It is responsible for strengthening the promotion and protection of human rights around the globe and for addressing situations of human rights violations and make recommendations on them. Lithuania still takes part in the work of the Council as observer. The country has presented its candidacy to the Human Rights Council for the period 2022-2024.
Please find attached the Minister’s statement (video).