Posts tagged as human rights

Lithuania’s liberal parties to focus on tax breaks, human rights in new coalition

Monday, October 26, 2020

Lithuania’s Liberal Movement and the Freedom Party, who are in talks to form a ruling coalition with the conservative Homeland Union, say they will focus on tax cuts and human rights in the potential centre-right government. The Liberal Movement would like the value-added tax (VAT) and the personal income tax, which were raised after the credit crunch in 2008, to be cut back to the pre-crisis levels. “In the wake…

Beijing outraged at calls by 39 states including Lithuania to respect human rights

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Thirty-nine countries, including Lithuania, have called on China to respect minority rights of Uighurs and other Muslims and expressed concern about the situation in Hong Kong. “We call on China to respect human rights, particularly the rights of persons belonging to religious and ethnic minorities, especially in Xinjiang and Tibet,” said German Representative to the UN Christoph Heusgen, who oversaw the initiative. “We are gravely concerned about the human rights…

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,…

Greater state security powers no threat to human rights, intelligence chief says

Friday, January 10, 2020

Amendments granting more powers to state security, allowing “preventative conversations,” administrative detention and ID checks, would not violate human rights, Darius Jauniškis, head of the country’s State Security Department, says. “Those amendments have been under consideration for a long time, and I am deeply convinced that it definitely has nothing to do with some human rights violations,” he told the parliamentary Committee on National Security and Defence on Wednesday. “There…

Greater state security powers no threat to human rights, intelligence chief says

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Amendments granting more powers to state security, allowing “preventative conversations,” administrative detention and ID checks, would not violate human rights, Darius Jauniškis, head of the country’s State Security Department, says. “Those amendments have been under consideration for a long time, and I am deeply convinced that it definitely has nothing to do with some human rights violations,” he told the parliamentary Committee on National Security and Defence on Wednesday. “There…

Estonian Foreign minister: Occupation and human rights violations must end

Friday, December 6, 2019

Violation of international law and continued international crises threatened the security of the OSCE region and are harmful to mutual trust, foreign minister Urmas Reinsalu said on Thursday while talking about Georgia and Ukraine. Reinsalu was speaking at the 26th meeting of the Ministerial Council of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Bratislava, Slovakia. “Estonia completely supports the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine and Georgia,” Reinsalu…

Human rights breaches in Hong Kong, Russia and at the US-Mexican border

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

On last Thursday, the European Parliament adopted three resolutions taking stock of the human rights situation in Hong Kong, Russia and at the US-Mexican border. Hong Kong The European Parliament calls on the Hong Kong government (HKSAR) to withdraw the proposed and highly controversial amendments to its extradition law, which has caused people in Hong Kong to take to the streets in unprecedented numbers. They fear the new bill could…

Foreign minister to highlight Ukraine, Georgia at OSCE meeting

Monday, July 8, 2019

Foreign minister Urmas Reinsalu (Isamaa) is attending an Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) informal foreign ministers’ meeting in Slovakia this week, BNS reports. Formed in the early 1970s,  The OSCE is the world’s largest security-oriented intergovernmental organization, and focuses on arms control, human rights, press freedoms and fair elections. It boasts 57 member states. The meeting, held in the resort town of Štrbské Pleso in Slovakia’s Tatra Mountains, is to…

EU signs trade agreement with Vietnam; human rights defenders oppose it

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

On Sunday, 30 June, European Union signed a trade agreement with Vietnam in Hanoi. This makes it the biggest economic agreement the EU has signed with one of Asia’s countries. The EU was represented by European Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmstrom and EU’s presiding country Romania’s Entrepreneurship Minister Ștefan-Radu Oprea. In accordance with this agreement, 99% of all standing customs duties have been abolished for mutual trade between EU and…

‘Climate apartheid’: UN expert says human rights may not survive

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

The world is increasingly at risk of “climate apartheid”, where the rich pay to escape heat and hunger caused by the escalating climate crisis while the rest of the world suffers, a report from a UN human rights expert has said. Philip Alston, UN special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, said the impacts of global heating are likely to undermine not only basic rights to life, water, food,…