22 October 2015
The Seimas Ombudsman has identified major human rights problems in social care institutions among these insufficient cleanliness and violation of hygiene norms. Moreover, it was observed that some residents of social care institutions have to get used to unpleasant smell in the living premises as well as dirty bedclothes.
Visiting social care institutions of Kaunas and Panevėžys districts during the May-October period in 2015 the officers of the Human Rights Division of the Seimas Ombudsmen's Office have identified dozens of human rights violations. Most of them, in the opinion of the Seimas Ombudsman, might have been avoided if the managers of such institutions had changed their attitudes towards the residents.
The officers of the Seimas Ombudsmen's Office have also noticed that not all the social care institutions set up emergency assistance systems or they were installed in a way the residents would not be able to reach it due to physical limitations or old age.
30 September 2015
The refugee resettlement is one of the most burning problems not only in Europe but also in Lithuania; therefore, on 29 September 2015, the Seimas Ombudsmen Augustinas Normantas and Raimondas Šukys met with Elvinas Jankevičius, Vice-minister of the Interior with an aim to get familiar with the procedure of resettlement of asylum seekers as well as to discuss the refugee resettlement issues.
The discussion was about the quantity of asylum seekers to be transferred to Lithuania and ways of transfer. Also, there was a consultation on the settlement services and the stages of the resettlement of refugees. The Seimas Ombudsmen drew the attention of the Vice-minister of the Interior to the fact that the Foreigners Registration Centre is overcrowded and there is only limited space for refugees in the Refugee Reception Centre.
“The European Council in early October will make a (final) decision concerning the resettlement of refugees and will determine the method for refugee settlement, which will define where and in how many stages they will have to be accommodated in Lithuania. As part of the national prevention of torture, we must ensure that this process is as smooth as possible and does not violate human rights,” after a meeting with the Vice-minister of the Interior emphasised the head of the Seimas Ombudsmen's Office A. Normantas.
19 August 2015
On 19 August 2015 the Seimas Ombudsman Augustinas Normantas paid a visit to Panevėžys where an introductory meeting with an administration of Panevėžys municipality and heads of adult care homes of Panevėžys district was conducted.
At the meeting the Deputy Mayor of Panevėžys Petras Luomanas noted that a person does not lose his / her dignity after moving to an elderly foster home: “On the contrary, those people need more attention and responsiveness”.
The mandate for national prevention of torture under Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT) as well as peculiarities of human rights assessment were introduced to the participants of the meeting.