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The Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination recommends ensuring adequate funding for the National Human Rights Institution

10 May 2019

united nations flag 909On May 10, the United Nations (UN) Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination has issued recommendations to Lithuania on the implementation of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.

The Committee noted the positive legal and institutional measures taken by Lithuania to implement the Pact, in particular, the fight against intolerance and discrimination, Roma integration, trafficking in human beings and training of law enforcement officers in the fight against hate crime.

Furthermore, a great emphasis was put on the need to allocate adequate funding for the  Seimas Ombudsmen's Office which was granted the status of National Human Rights Institution in 2017. The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination encouraged Lithuania to intensify its efforts in the integration and education of Roma, the strengthening of civil dialogue, the fight against hate speach, the adoption of the Law on National Minorities, the inclusion of refugees and migrants.

The Seimas Ombudsmen's Office, as a national human rights institution, has submitted an alternative report which drew attention to the problems of Roma integration in the country, urged Lithuania to take adequate measures to combat the hate speech and advocated the adoption of the Law on National Minorities.

Lithuania ratified the 1965 International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination in 1998. The UN Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination monitors the implementation of the provisions of the Convention by States Parties. Lithuania will submit eleventh and thirteenth periodic reports to the Committee by 2023.

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