At the 46th regular session of the Human Rights Council, Lithuania's Foreign Vice-Minister Mantas Adomėnas urged Belarus to end ongoing human rights violations
On 25 February, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Mantas Adomėnas took part in an enhanced interactive dialogue on the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet's comprehensive report on the situation of human rights in Belarus in the context of the 2020 presidential election.
Thanking the UN High Commissioner for the comprehensive assessment of the human rights situation in Belarus in her report, the Foreign Vice-Minister noted that it reflected not only serious human rights violations, but also their systemic nature and impunity.
“We have recently witnessed a new wave of intimidation and persecution of human rights defenders and journalists in Belarus. They are being prosecuted solely for fulfilling their duty to civil society,” said Adomėnas.
Lithuania expressed concerns over mass violations of human rights in Belarus and urged Belarusian authorities to stop the persecution of journalists and human rights defenders, to immediately release all people unlawfully arrested during protests, to end impunity for human rights abuses, and to hold a free and fair election.
The Foreign Vice-Minister also stressed that the international community must send a clear signal of support to the Belarusian people and establish an independent international body for the in-depth investigation of human rights violations and for ending impunity.
Lithuania is currently working as an observer and campaigning for its membership of the Human Rights Council for the term 2022-2024.