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.
5 August 2015
After investigating a complaint when the Migration Department and the Foreigners Registration Centre treated circumstances differently regarding asylum of a minor in Lithuania, the Seimas Ombudsman Augustinas Normantas recommended the Minister of the Interior Saulius Skvernelis to consider a possibility to regulate the legal status of minor aliens in cases when their parents become detained.
The investigation revealed that the Migration Department granted temporary territorial asylum to a complainant and his minor son in the Republic of Lithuania. However, after the decision of the Migration Department, the Lazdijai District Court detained the complainant creating an embarrassing situation by not specifying who should take care of a detainee’s minor son.
The Migration Department defended position that the complainant's son did not have a status of an unaccompanied minor alien, whereas the Foreigners Registration Centre was convinced that the complainant’s son already had the status of an unaccompanied minor alien.
15 July 2015
The newly appointed Ombudsperson of Equal Opportunities, Agneta Lobačevskytė, seeks to improve the activity of Equal Opportunities Ombudsperson's Office by gaining more experience from the Seimas Ombudsmen's Office, which was called exemplary in tackling human rights problems.
On 15 July 2015, the Ombudsperson of Equal Opportunities met with the Seimas Ombudsmen Augustinas Normantas and Raimondas Šukys at the Seimas Ombudsmen's Office and discussed cooperation opportunities in improving the activity of Equal Opportunities Ombudsperson's Office.
"Your institution is unique. The complaints are investigated thoroughly with clear and strong arguments, as well as sound reasoning, in written conclusions. We need to gain more experience from the Seimas Ombudsmen by devoting scrupulous attention to the quality of investigation of complaints and monitoring of the implementation of recommendations," she said.