29 February 2016

Seimo kontrolierių įstaigaThere is an increasing number of Lithuanians who know where to address in case their rights are violated; however, a huge number (84.9 percent) of respondents are hesitant to look for help showed the representative survey.

Commissioned by the Seimas Ombudsmen’s Office, public opinion and market research center “Vilmorus” conducted a representative opinion poll in November 2015. The study revealed that as many as 59.7 percent of the country’s population would know which institution to address regarding violated human rights, whereas, in 2012 the percent stood at mere 27.9.

According to the survey, as many as 43.2 percent of Lithuania’s population would address the Seimas Ombudsmen regarding violated human rights, compared to 42.0 percent in 2014 and mere 24.3 percent in 2012.

The research showed that younger and more educated respondents, as well as those receiving higher income and the residents of the main cities (71.5 percent), have better knowledge as to which institution to address regarding violated human rights. However, the survey carried out in November 2015 revealed that the activities of the Seimas Ombudsmen’s Office are less known to less educated as well as rural population (52.8 percent).

Respondents do not tend to appeal for help when human rights are violated, the survey revealed. More than 84.9 percent of respondents participating in the survey do not search support in any institution while others turn to the police and prosecutors (6.7 percent).

Respondents claim that they seek help in courts (5 percent), the Seimas Ombudsmen’s Office (3.4 percent) as well as the fourth estate (2.2 percent). Nonetheless, only 15.1 percent out of total Lithuania’s population are looking for help.

To find out whether people of the country know that the Seimas Ombudsmen’s Office defends human rights and which agency to address if the state and municipal institutions violate people's rights, the Seimas Ombudsmen conduct a representative survey of Lithuania’s population on a yearly basis.