23 December 2015
The Seimas (Parliamentary) Ombudsmen’s Office, which has been implementing national prevention of torture since 1 January 2014, has begun organising meetings with heads of detention facilities in the regions. In spring, the Parliamentary Ombudsman met the heads of adult care institutions and custody facilities to discuss both the general problems at detention facilities and the mechanism of national prevention of torture.
The meetings were used to present national prevention of torture carried out by the Parliamentary Ombudsmen and discuss the powers of the authority in terms of national prevention of torture. The events presented the methodology of inspections and specific nature of the evaluation of the human rights situation. They also provided an overview of key systemic problems identified in 2014-2015, presentation of recommendations and how institutions implemented them.
10 Deceber 2015
International Human Rights Day is a momentous day for the Seimas Ombudsmen’s Office because in addition to establishing respect for human rights within the Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania, the founders of the Constitution envisaged mechanisms for human rights protection, and among these is the Seimas Ombudsmen’s Office.
"Today we are commemorating International Human Rights Day. Still, this day is important to us as the Seimas Ombudsmen's Office was founded twenty years ago," said the head of the Seimas Ombudsmen's Office, Mr Augustinas Normantas, congratulating the participants gathered for the conference.
Several acknowledged scholars, including Prof. Ph Vytautas Mizaras, Vilnius University; former judge of the Constitutional Court, Prof. Ph Tomas Birmontienė; Prof. Ph Leonidas Donskis, Vytautas Magnus University; present judges of the Constitutional Court, Algirdas Taminskas, and Danutė Jočienė delivered speeches on human rights during the conference.
7 December 2015
On the occasion of International Human Rights Day, the Seimas Ombudsmen Augustinas Normantas, Raimondas Šukys, and the Chairperson of the Seimas Committee for Human Rights Zita Žvikienė have visited Šiauliai and Alytus municipalities, where they discussed human rights issues with the mayors and the executive managers of the municipalities of Alytus and Šiauliai regions.
The Seimas Ombudsmen addressed different human rights problems that were brought up to the Seimas Ombudsmen by citizens during their visits to the municipalities.
“It is necessary to discuss human rights problems with the mayors of the municipalities. Also, we wanted to get acquainted with the executives of the municipalities with whom we usually have to tackle the issues related to the bureaucracy,” noted the Seimas Ombudsman R. Šukys.