Lithuania: Court rejects Belarusian activist’s asylum appeal

Lithuania’s Supreme Administrative Court has upheld a lower court decision not to grant asylum to Belarusian activist Volha Karach, BNS reports. Earlier, the Lithuanian Migration Department (LMD) rejected Karach’s asylum application on national security grounds, citing a report from the State Security Department (VSD), which pointed to the applicant’s links to Russian intelligence. Nevertheless, LMD has granted a temporary residence permit to Karach, who heads the Lithuania-based NGO, Nash Dom (Our House).