Ambassador Verba participated at a conference „ODIHR: three decades and ready for the future Democracy, human rights and security“
On 14-15 October, Ambassador Vaidotas Verba, Permanent Representative of Lithuania to the International Organizations in Vienna, participated at a conference „ODIHR: three decades and ready for the future Democracy, human rights and security“ marking the 30th anniversary of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR).
In their statement, European Union Member States highlighted ODIHR‘s fundamental role in preserving democratic standards in the OSCE region and in securing a platform for civil society representatives and human rights defenders to interact with national authorities, so that their voices are heard.
During two-day conference, participants debated current threats and ODIHR’s role in finding lasting solutions to the challenges faced across the OSCE region by continuing to promote democracy, human rights and the rule of law, and strengthening the resilience of our societies. OSCE participating States were called to oppose any intimidation or reprisals against civil society and human rights defenders, and to fully adhere to their undertaken international human rights obligations and OSCE commitments.
ODIHR is an autonomous OSCE institution tasked with assisting governments of OSCE participating States in meeting their commitments in the field of human rights and democracy. While implementing its mandate, ODIHR observes elections, promotes and monitors respect for human rights, and works with various democracy assistance projects throughout the OSCE region.
On 4th of November, Lithuania, together with 34 other participating states of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), invoked the Vienna Mechanism in relation to ongoing serious human rights violations in Belarus and the instrumentalization of the illegal migration by the Lukashenka regime.
On September 17th, the Permanent Representative of Lithuania to the International Organizations in Vienna Ambassador Mr. Vaidotas Verba presented his letter of credence to the Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), Dr. Robert Floyd.
On 24 June 2021, in Vienna, at the Permanent Council of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Lithuania rejected Russia’s accusation of serious human rights violations. Lithuania’s representative informed the Council about her country’s commitment to a policy of zero tolerance towards anti-Semitism, racism, intolerance, xenophobia and other manifestations of hate. She also reaffirmed that the rights of national minorities in Lithuania are guaranteed by the Constitution and that its laws fully conform to its international commitments. Lithuania also actively promotes media freedom and freedom of expression, and strictly adheres to international commitments in this area.
On 2 February, on the initiative of Lithuania, the Foreign Ministers of the Baltic states sent letters to the heads of the Council of Europe and the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), condemning the use of violence against peaceful protesters by Russian authorities and calling on the international community to take immediate action to stop mass detentions of protestors and journalists across Russia.
December 17, 2020
I have the honor to deliver this statement on behalf of the Moscow Mechanism invoking participating States: Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, the United Kingdom, the United States, as well as the following countries: Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, North Macedonia, Malta, Montenegro, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Spain.