6 May 2015

FullSizeRender-2On 6 May 2015 the Seimas Ombudsman Augustinas Normantas and members of the Seimas Committee on Human Rights Zita Žvikienė, Marija Aušrinė Pavilionienė and Ona Valiukevičiūtė paid a visit to Foreigners Registration Centre with an aim to become familiar with activities of the centre as well as to facilitate cooperation between institutions dealing with refugee problems.

The head of Foreigners Registration Centre Remigijus Volikas and the director of Caritas organization Linas Kukuraitis expressed their satisfaction with results of cooperation of their institutions.

Conclusions and recommendations on the human rights situation in the Foreigners Registration Centre were issued after the Seimas Ombudsman’s visit to the centre in 2014. The recommendations were discussed at length this year at the conference in Seimas.

The Seimas Ombudsman was pleased to hear that the heads of the State Boarder Guard Service and the Foreigners Registration Centre are eager to combine their forces in eliminating human rights violations in the Foreigners Registration Centre.

In the opinion of the Seimas Ombudsman, willingness to implement the recommendations of the Seimas Ombudsman is a positive sign, which shows the institution’s readiness to address new challenges that Europe faces today.

At the end of the visit, the Seimas Ombudsman A. Normantas and the members of the Seimas Committee on Human Rights looked over detention facility housing, which was under renovation on the day of the visit.

The Law on the Seimas Ombudsmen allows the Seimas Ombudsmen to enter any social care or custodial institution at any time of the day in Lithuania. The Seimas Ombudsmen started implementing national prevention of torture in Lithuania in the beginning of 2014 when the Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania adopted the Optional Protocol (OPCAT) to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.