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Vice-Minister M. Adomenas Raises Issue of Migration on the Conference of Community of Democracies

Created: 2021.09.23 / Updated: 2021.09.23 16:00

On September 22, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs Mantas Adomėnas participated in an Tenth Ministerial Conference of the Community of Democracies, which was held online in the margins of the 76th session of the UN General Assembly in New York.

Speaking at the Conference on behalf of Lithuania, Vice-Minister M. Adomėnas addressed the problem of the migrant crisis artificially created by the Belarus regime. Noting that it was Alexander Lukashenka’s revenge for Lithuania’s principle stance with regard to human rights violations in Belarus, he said: “Such artificial creation by an authoritarian regime of irregular third-country migration flows into neighboring states represents an irresponsible exploitation of vulnerable groups for political ends that is absolutely incompatible with international human rights, humanitarian and refugee protection law.”

The Ministerial Conference adopted a Bucharest Ministerial Declaration, which states great concerns over the democratic backsliding trend, present in different parts of the world, having resulted in an obvious deterioration of the respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, and significant challenges to the rule of law. In support of Lithuania in the context of this hybrid attack, the CoD Ministers expressed in their Declaration “great concern about the irresponsible exploitation of vulnerable groups for political ends by some authoritarian regimes”.

The Ministerial Conference was addressed by its President, Romanian Minister of Foreign Affairs H.E. Mr. Bogdan Aurescu, CoD Secretary General Thomas E. Garrett, Foreign Ministers, their Deputies and other high-ranking officials from numerous CoD participating states. Many of them stressed the link between democracy and peace, development and human rights; noted global challenges to democracy that stem from rising extremism, authoritarianism and populism and are exacerbated by the global COVID-19 pandemic; supported a rules-based world order, multilateralism and international cooperation; addressed situations of conflict and human rights violations in various parts of the world, including Afghanistan, Belarus and others.

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