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Lithuania rejects Russia’s accusations at UN Human Rights Council

Created: 2018.02.28 / Updated: 2018.03.01 10:33

“Having suffered under three occupations during World War II, Lithuania remembers and respects all victims of the Nazi and Communist totalitarian regimes. The end of the Second World War brought about the Soviet occupation that lasted half a century. The people of Lithuania were victims of crimes against humanity and human rights abuses by the Soviet authorities. Lithuanian freedom fighters, who took part in an armed resistance movement against the occupational authorities and domestic collaborators during a post-war period, deserve our utmost respect. They will always remain our heroes,” said the Ambassador Andrius Krivas, Permanent Representative of Lithuania to the UN Office and other International Organisations in Geneva at the 37th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council on 28 February in response to the statement by Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. This morning Lavrov slammed Lithuania for ‘justifying Nazi collaborators’.

“Russia’s ungrounded accusations have nothing to do with human rights or reality. By sustaining and developing biased interpretations of history Russia seeks to monopolize the victory over Nazism, as well as to justify the Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact and secret protocols. Thus, Russia demonstrates that its understanding of human rights is fundamentally different from the goals of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,” said the Ambassador of Lithuania.

Lithuania is a candidate for the Human Rights Council for the period 2022-2024.

 

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