Lithuania’s Foreign Vice-Minister Skusevičius: Russia continues to violate international law in occupied territories of Ukraine and Georgia
On 27 February, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Darius Skusevičius attended a high-level segment of the opening of the United Nations Human Rights Council’s 37th session that focused on the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Lithuania’s Foreign Vice-Minister Skusevičius regretted that human rights violations in conflict zones, not just in Syria, but also in Europe, dimmed the anniversary celebration.
“Due to Russia’s systemic repressive policies in the occupied territories of Ukraine and Georgia, thousands of people live in the so-called grey area of legal regulation. Thus, they are struggling at the mercy of the whims of fate,” said Lithuania’s Foreign Vice-Minister. According to Skusevičius, the protection of civilians in armed conflict is becoming increasingly complex, which results in the deaths of many civilians.
In his speech, the Vice-Minister Skusevičius also emphasized the need to strengthen the implementation of the international community’s human rights commitments and to properly evaluate the daily work of human rights defenders and journalists in protecting human rights, ensuring their security in conflict zones.
The Council also discussed human rights violations in the occupied Crimea, with special attention paid to the consequences of the persecution of Crimean Tatars. More than 20,000 Crimean Tatars were forced to flee Crimea. Lithuania’s Foreign Vice-Minister urged the participants not to leave the Crimean people to their fate and to keep up the international pressure on Russia demanding for an immediate cessation of the ongoing repression.
Lithuania is a candidate for a seat at the Human Rights Council for the period 2022-2024.
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