Item 10 - Interactive dialogue on the High Commissioner's oral report on Ukraina. NB8 Minister of Foreign Affairs H.E. Mr Gabrielius Landbergis, Lithuania (30.03.22)

49th session of the Human Rights Council, Interactive Dialogue on the High Commissioner‘s Oral Update on Ukraine

Statement delivered by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania H.E. Mr. Gabrielius Landsbergis

30 March 2022

Mr. President,

On behalf of the Nordic-Baltic countries, I thank the High Commissioner for her oral update and the UN Human Rights monitoring mission in Ukraine for its work.

We stand united with Ukraine facing large scale unprovoked, unlawful and unjustified aggression by Russia, enabled by Belarus. We admire the courage of the Ukrainian people defending their country and legally binding norms of the international law and the principles of the United Nations Charter.

We urge Russia to immediately cease the attacks and deliberate targeting of civilians and civilian infrastructure, especially using explosive weapons, such as cluster munitions, in residential areas, which are grave violations of international humanitarian law. We demand Russia to immediately and unconditionally withdraw all its troops from the entire territory of Ukraine.

Russia is responsible for the bloodshed of innocent people, including women and children, and for millions lives destroyed. All human rights violations and suspected war crimes must be investigated and accountability ensured.

Accountability matters.

Justice cannot be escaped.

The international community must do everything to hold Russia and its accomplice Belarus to account.

The Nordic-Baltic countries commend the establishment of the Commission of Inquiry and call for its immediate operationalization.

Madam High Commissioner, what more could be done to strengthen our efforts in seeking justice for victims and accountability of perpetrators?