The Vilnius-based Human Rights Monitoring Institute (HRMI) presented its annual human rights award to Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius. The award is presented on the international Human Rights Day, 10 December.
Linas Linkevičius
© DELFI / Šarūnas Mažeika

The institute's board chairman Leonidas Donskis said at a news conference that the decision was due to Linkevičius' work with activists of Eastern European countries, as well as the position stated after Latvia's Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics came out as gay.

"Lithuania's active involvement in the activities of international human rights institutions shows that the promotion of human rights is an integral part of Lithuania's foreign policy," said the minister.

The Human Rights Champion Award is conferred on 10 December, the International Human Rights Day.

The date was chosen to honour the United Nations General Assembly's adoption and proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) on 10 December 1948. It was the first global enunciation of human rights and one of the first major achievements of the recently-created United Nations.

Naujienų agentūros BNS informaciją skelbti, cituoti ar kitaip atgaminti visuomenės informavimo priemonėse bei interneto tinklalapiuose be raštiško UAB "BNS" sutikimo neleidžiama.

Ex presidential candidate Juozaitis becomes party leader

Former presidential candidate philosopher Arvydas Juozaitis was on Saturday elected chairman of the...

Proposal to make Jan 13 public holiday registered

Two lawmakers from the opposition conservative Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats...

Telemedicine services to be launched next year

Lithuania plans to launch telemedicine services for district and regional hospitals as of next year.

From transgender person to Karbauskis' son: 2020 military list (1)

Five players of Lithuania's two top basketball teams, two members of the national football team, a...

Lithuania's population grows for 1st time in 28 years

Lithuania's population has grown for the first time in 28 years due to migration trends, the...