14 May 2016
The Association of Regional Radio Stations received funding from the Press, Radio and Television Support Fund for the project “Respect for democratic values and human rights – mission possible”, which was prepared with the help of the Seimas Ombudsmen's Office.
“The Seimas Ombudsmen's Office has always been looking for new forms of contributing to the human rights promotion countrywide; therefore, radio broadcasts in regional radio stations is one of the ways to increase the knowledge of the society on human rights and freedoms," noted the head of the Seimas Ombudsmen's Office Augustinas Normantas.
A sense of community, civic initiatives and activities that have an impact on the development of democratic values will be in the centre of broadcasts. Moreover, the radio programmes will focus on the corruption and bureaucracy as major factors causing widespread damage to the democratic societies. Also, considerable attention will be paid to the right to get information as well as techniques to fight against propaganda.
11 May 2016
Lithuania, as a senior partner, together with Austria has won 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), which will be implemented by a team of the best Lithuanian and Austrian human rights experts.
Under the leadership of the Seimas Ombudsman Augustinas Normantas the project will be implemented by well-known Lithuanian experts of legal science and practice representing the Law Institute of Lithuania, the Seimas Ombudsmen's Office of the Republic of Lithuania, the Office of Equal Opportunities Ombudsperson, the State Data Protection Inspectorate, and the Law Faculty of Vilnius University. Austria is represented in the Project by the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights. Administrative and financial management of this two-year project will be implemented by the Central Project Management Agency. The European Commission is providing EUR 1.5 million to the project.
9 May 2016
The year 2015 was not exceptional as for the number of complaints received by the Seimas Ombudsman; however, the Seimas Ombudsmen issued a record number of recommendations to the state and municipal authorities.
With these recommendations, the Seimas Ombudsmen Augustinas Normantas and Raimondas Šukys drew the attention of the officials towards the neglect of duties, breaches of laws and other legal acts, abuse of office, bureaucracy and other violations of human rights and freedoms.
During presentation of the Seimas Ombudsmen’s Annual report for the year 2015 to the public, the Seimas Ombudsmen noted that the majority of complaints were received regarding the Ministries of Justice (480), Agriculture (252), and Interior (155) as well as institutions subordinate to them. However, the largest numbers of justified complaints were received concerning the Ministries of Health (40,5 percent) and Agriculture (37,5 percent) including institutions subordinate to them.
When speaking about the human rights violations in social care institutions the Seimas Ombudsmen underscored the lack of human attitude towards residents of social care institutions. In the opinion of the head of the Seimas Ombudsmen's Office “A major problem is lack of compassion”.