13 Janurary 2015
After visit to Marijampolė Correction House, the Seimas Ombudsman Augustinas Normantas stated that temporary detention cells were dilapidated and without windows. Moreover, he voiced that complaints of inmates and searches were not registered and recorded properly.
“In some temporary detention cells windows, sinks and taps are missing, cells are dirty with foul-smelling sanitary installations," – reacting to these complaints of inmates, the advisers of the Seimas Ombudsman A. Normantas visited Marijampolė Correction House, without any forewarn.
On 8 January 2015 the advisers of the Seimas Ombudsman discovered that the complaints of inmates are palpable and factual.
11 December 2014
On the International Human Rights Daythe Seimas Ombudsmen Augustinas Normantas and Raimondas Šukys met the members of a working group for establishment of a National Human Rights Institution. Parliamentarians Dalia Kuodytė and Marija Aušrinė Pavilionienė have initiated a meeting to discuss progress of establishment of the National Human Rights Institution in Lithuania.
The aim of the meeting was to discuss the strategic policy of the establishment of the National Human Rights Institution as well as necessary amendments to the Law on the Seimas Ombudsmen, which would enable the Seimas Ombudsmen to perform national human rights monitoring to the full extent.
10 December 2014
“The right to information is one of the most important ones. Having no proper information a person will not be able to properly defend his or her rights that had been violated. The assurance of the right to information is a sign of a developing society, which respects its members,” the Seimas Ombudsman Augustinas Normantas noted at the roundtable discussion “Right to know: boundaries and challenges” organised on the occasion of International Human rights Day.
Human rights are constantly reacting to new challenges, emerging in different situations of a society life. This year, the right to know is identified as the main one in relation to geopolitical situation and economical fluctuations as well as challenges created by free access to the Internet.