CESCR Concluding observations on Lithuania (excerpts on integration), 2014

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C. Principal subjects of concerns and recommendations

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Social exclusion of and discrimination against Roma

7. The Committee remains concerned at the lack of progress achieved in addressing the social exclusion of Roma and discrimination against Roma in the enjoyment of their rights under the Covenant, particularly in the areas of housing, health, employment and education. While noting the adoption of various programmes and action plans on the integration of Roma, the Committee regrets the lack of resources allocated for their effective implementation, particularly between 2008 and 2010 (art. 2).

Noting that the State party will adopt a new Roma integration strategy in 2015, the Committee urges the State party to ensure that:

(a) The strategy contains concrete objectives and benchmarks and a regular monitoring and evaluation mechanism to periodically assess the results obtained in improving the socioeconomic situation of Roma, particularly in the areas of housing, health, employment and education;

(b) Adequate financial and human resources are allocated for its implementation; and

(c) Members of the Roma community actively participate in its design, implementation and evaluation, as rights-holders.

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National minorities

24. The Committee is concerned at the lack of a legal framework for the protection of the rights of national minorities in the State party following the abrogation of the Law on National Minorities of 1989 in January 2010. It also expresses its concern that following the dismantling in 2009 of the Department of National Minorities and Lithuanians Living Abroad, responsibility for national minority issues has been divided among various ministries, and that no effective coordinating body has been established (arts. 2 and 15).

The Committee recommends that the State party expedite the process for adopting the new Law on National Minorities, and that in the interim, it take effective measures to fully protect the rights of all national minorities, including their language, religion, culture and identity, and including the use of their names in their original form. The Committee also recommends that the State party establish an effective entity within the Ministry of Culture for effective coordination of national minority issues.

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Document data: E/C.12/LTU/CO/2 adopted 23.05.2014, published 24.06.2014. Link:https://tbinternet.ohchr.org/_layouts/15/treatybodyexternal/Download.aspx?symbolno=E/C.12/LTU/CO/2&Lang=En Also available in the other UN official languages

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