Linkevičius at the United Nations: We cannot ignore human rights violations in Belarus
On the margins of the high-level General Debate of the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly on 24 September, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius attended a virtual event commemorating the 15th anniversary of the adoption by heads of state and government of the responsibility to protect populations from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity at the United Nations World Summit in 2005.
Lithuania’s Foreign Minister noted that in order to ensure the effectiveness of the ‘responsibility to protect’ principle, it was necessary to ensure that states guarantee human rights, accountability to the law and recognize that no crisis could justify mass atrocity crimes. Linkevičius urged the UN Security Council members to refrain from abusively using veto and from blocking decisions that could help prevent genocide or other mass atrocities.
“The international community cannot ignore human rights violations, as they often lead to long term conflicts. We cannot ignore an intensifying cycle of human rights violations in Belarus that attempts to deny Belarusians free choice,” said the head of Lithuania’s diplomacy. “It is easier to prevent situations from becoming crises than to recover from conflict”.