Lithuanian parliament recognized the forced relocation of Ukrainians to Russia as deportation and genocide
The Lithuanian Seimas has passed a resolution, saying the ongoing forced relocation of Ukrainians to Russia amounts to criminal deportations. The document also calls on the international community to seek accountability for these crimes.
This decision was adopted by the parliament by 50 votes in favor on June 16, 2022. The relevant resolution was presented by parliamentarians from various factions, including opposition parties.
The resolution condemns the expulsion of more than 1 million civilians from their homes and forcibly deported to Russia or its controlled territories to destroy their Ukrainian identity. It is noted that among these deported civilians are 200,000 children.
The Lithuanian parliament’s resolution says this amounts to “genocide of the Ukrainian people.” It also calls for legal measures to stop the deportations and create safe conditions for the deportees to return to Ukraine or any safe country.
The resolution also calls on other countries to prosecute those who organize and contribute to the deportation of the Ukrainian population, participate in forced deportations, and commit crimes against humanity, genocide, and other war crimes.