Posts published in Day: June 16, 2020

Lithuanian parliament condemns Russia’s historical revisionism, calls for reparations

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

The Lithuanian parliament passed a resolution on Tuesday, condemning the Soviet occupation and calling on Russia to pay reparations. The resolution, passed unanimously by 114 members of the Seimas, comes in response to Russia’s failure to recognise the Soviet occupation of the Baltic states. The parliament also said Russia had been attempting to rewrite Lithuania’s history. The document states that on June 15, 1940, when the Soviet Union occupied Lithuania,…

Lithuania will not fine foreigners who overstay

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Foreigners whose permits to temporarily stay in Lithuania expired during the coronavirus quarantine will not be sanctioned, the country’s Migration Department said on Tuesday. Foreigners who overstay will not face administrative liability for two months after the end of the quarantine, the department said. Foreigners who have already been instructed to return to their country of residence will have to leave Lithuania by midnight on August 17. “We would like…

Latvia unveils statue to COVID-19 medics

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Statues are currently at the center of public attention around the world, with their removal being a topic of debate. However, people in Latvia are taking a different a approach by erecting a new statue. “The people of Latvia are thankful to the medics in Latvia and all over the world for their selfless service during the COVID-19 pandemic and have put up a monument by a famous Latvian artist to health care personnel,…

Stay safe during Midsummer

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Year after year, Midsummer in Latvia comes with festivities and, sadly, additional dangers – from reckless drivers to midnight swimmers. This year, the pandemic has imposed extra precautions and restrictions on celebration. State Chancery and ministries explain how to celebrate safely this year. At public events, up to 100 people may be gathered indoors, up to 300 people outdoors, 2 m distance and 4 square metres space per person must be observed. For…

Lithuania publishes ‘black list’ of countries subject to travel restrictions

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

The Lithuanian Health Ministry has released a list of 45 countries that are most affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Non-Lithuanian nationals from these countries can travel to Lithuania only in exceptional cases. They must register with the National Public Health Centre (NPHC) upon arrival and are required to self-isolate for 14 days. The coronavirus ‘blacklist’ includes many non-EU or EEA countries, such as Belarus, Russia, Mexico, Brazil, the United States,…

Facemasks no longer mandatory after Lithuania exits quarantine

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Wearing facemasks in shops and indoor public places will no longer be mandatory after Wednesday, but distance and hygene requirements will remain in place, according to a decree signed by Lithuania’s health minister. Service providers, retailers, entertainment venues will have to ensure that clients stay at least one metre from one another. They must also provide hand sanitisers and to regularly disinfect and air premises. People displaying symptoms – such…

State to subsidize wages for new employees

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

On Tuesday, June 16, the Cabinet supported the Welfare Ministry’s (LM) proposal to provide financial support to employers for recruitment of new employees coming from the unemployed population, LM informed on June 16. The employer will receive a subsidy of 50% of the employee’s monthly salary for three months, but not more than €430 per month. This is due to amendments to the rules on the organization and financing of…

India says 3 soldiers killed in standoff with Chinese troops

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

At least three Indian soldiers, including a senior army officer, were killed in a confrontation with Chinese troops along their disputed border high in the Himalayas where thousands of soldiers on both sides have been facing off for over a month, the Indian army said Tuesday. The incident — in which neither side fired any shots, according to Indian officials — is the first deadly confrontation between the two Asian…

North Korea blows up inter-Korea office, raising tensions

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

North Korea blew up an inter-Korean liaison office building just north of the heavily armed border with South Korea on Tuesday in a carefully choreographed display of anger that sharply raises tensions on the Korean Peninsula and puts pressure on Washington and Seoul amid deadlocked nuclear diplomacy. The demolition of the building, which is located on North Korean territory and had no South Koreans working there, is largely symbolic. But…

Lithuanians reject ‘otherness’, human rights report says

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

A report on human rights in Lithuania has criticsed the country’s rejection of perceived otherness. However, recent years have also seen significant progress. Lithuania is failing to make use of the unique opportunity given to it by being in the European Union, according to the Human Rights in Lithuania 2018–2019 report, carried out by the Human Rights Monitoring Institute (HRMI). The report claims that discrimination on the grounds of gender,…