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At the Universal Periodic Review in Geneva, Lithuania offers human rights recommendations to Greece, Tajikistan and Ireland

Created: 2021.11.10 / Updated: 2021.11.10 22:02
    At the Universal Periodic Review in Geneva, Lithuania offers human rights recommendations to Greece, Tajikistan and Ireland

    At the 39th session of the Working Group of Universal Periodic Review (UPR) on 1-12 November 2021 in Geneva, Lithuania offered human rights recommendations to Greece, Tajikistan and Ireland.

    Lithuania commended the Greek Government for continued progress in promoting and protecting human rights and recommended to ensure effective access to justice, legal services and legal aid for persons with disabilities, as well as to work out a long-term strategy for access to comprehensive health-care services. Acknowledging Greece’s efforts in combating gender-based violence, Lithuania recommended to strengthen the support for women in vulnerable situations, especially those belonging to minority groups. Furthermore, Lithuania recommended Greece to design and implement specific measures for reaching the gender balance in the public administration and to implement concrete measures for the reduction of the gender pay gap.

    At Tajikistan’s UPR, Lithuania noted Tajikistan’s determination to improve human rights situation in the country and recommended to ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), aiming at the abolition of the death penalty. Lithuania also recommended to eliminate all legal provisions that undermine freedom of expression and protection of journalists, media workers and human rights defenders against harassment and intimidation, and to release all journalists who have been imprisoned on politically motivated charges.

    Lithuania welcomed Ireland’s efforts in mitigating the challenges of distance learning in the context of COVID-19 and recommended to continue efforts in ensuring equal access to the internet connection and technologies necessary for remote learning as well as taking care of children’s mental health during and after the pandemic. Lithuania also recommended Ireland to ratify the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or degrading Treatment or Punishment and to establish an effective national preventive mechanism.

    The Universal Periodic Review is a human rights mechanism employed since 2008. The UPR assesses the human rights situation in each individual country and provides recommendations for improvements. At the end of each UPR cycle, United Nations Members produce reports about the implementation of the adopted recommendations and overall progress in the area of human rights. Countries undergo the UPR every five years. Lithuania had its reviews in 2011 and 2017. The third-cycle review will take place in January 2022.

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