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Universal Periodic Review
NewsPublished on 2016-11-23

How far decisions from LiJOT General Assembly can actually go? Today we already know that even to UN OHCHR Universal Periodic Review.

The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a unique process which involves a review of the human rights records of all UN Member States. The UPR is a State-driven process, under the auspices of the Human Rights Council, which provides the opportunity for each State to declare what actions they have taken to improve the human rights situations in their countries and to fulfil their human rights obligations.

Review mechanism is based on interactive dialogue which allows member states submit questions and recommendation to the country under review. This is already the second cycle for Lithuania (the first one was happening in 2011) but it is the first time when LiJOT was participating in it by submitting a shadow report on youth rights in Lithuania. The report itself was focused on age based discrimination of young people in labor market and youth mental health issues in Lithuania.

During a bit more than a half a year since submitting a shadow report with the support from the European Youth Forum it was achieved that the position adopted during 39th LiJOT General Assembly on youth mental health grew out  into recommendations for the whole country. Costa Rica and Portugal brought the question of non-existence of coherent mechanisms to tackle youth mental health issues. Romania expressed its concern over lack of involvement of young people into public decision making processes.

As for now what is left for Lithuania is either accept or note recommendations submitted and this is where civil society still can do some work.

Here you can find stakeholders report where LiJOT is referred as JS2 and JS3: https://documents-dds-ny.un.org/doc/UNDOC/GEN/G16/182/88/PDF/G1618288.pdf?OpenElement

Submitted recommendations can be found here: https://www.upr-info.org/sites/default/files/document/lithuania/session_26_-_november_2016/a_hrc_wg.6_26_l.6_lithuania.pdf

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