30 September 2016
The Seimas Ombudsman, head of the Seimas Ombudsmen's Office Mr. Augustinas Normantas has met with the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights Ms. Valeriya Lutkovska to discuss cooperation issues in strengthening the capacities of apparatus of the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights.
The implementation issues of the European Union's Twinning project “Implementation of the Best European Practices with the Aim of Strengthening the Institutional Capacity of the Apparatus of the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights to Protect Human Rights and Freedoms (Apparatus)” were in the centre of the talks during the meeting.
Partners of the twinning project from Lithuania and Austria discussed primary activities of the project, among those, one of the most important event – the Kick-off aiming to introduce the project to the Society of Ukraine.
20 September 2016
On 20 September 2016, the Seimas Ombudsman, Head of the Office Mr. Augustinas Normantas hosted a meeting with Mr. Arman Tatoyan, Human Rights Defender and Eduard Israyelyan, Head of Child Rights Protection Division of the Republic of Armenia. The meeting focused on the activities of the Seimas Ombudsmen and the Human Rights Defender, human rights problems in Armenia and Lithuania as well as mechanisms that ensure implementation of human rights.
The Human Rights Defender of Armenia was interested in the implementation of Seimas Ombudsmen‘s recommendations and keen to know how the cooperation with state and municipal institutions is maintained. When talking about the activities of the Seimas Ombudsmen‘s Office Mr. A. Normantas drew the guests’ attention to the fact that the Seimas Ombudsmen put emphasis not only to the cooperation with state and municipal institutions but also with the civil society and NGOs.
15 September 2016
Upon the invitation of the Seimas Ombudsman Augustinas Normantas, the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) presented its preliminary observations concerning human rights situation in places of detention of the Republic of Lithuania.
The meeting took place at the Seimas Ombudsmen‘s Office and was attended by officials from the Ministries of Justice, Interior and Health, Prison and Police Departments, Prosecutor’s General Office and State Border Guard Service. The Seimas Ombudsman Augustinas Normantas noted to the attendees that when performing national prevention of torture, the Seimas Ombudsmen‘s Office takes into account not only national and international legal acts, but also standards prepared by the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture.
“Respect for human rights is a common value of all democratic states; therefore, I believe that the observations made by the CPT delegation will help to strive for higher human rights standards in places of detention and valuable insights will contribute to a more constructive cooperation when solving different human rights problems”, stated the Seimas Ombudsman.