10 March 2016
In response to reports in the media regarding outburst of tuberculosis in Skuodas, the Seimas Ombudsmen launched an investigation on their own initiative.
The investigation conducted by the Seimas Ombudsmen Augustinas Normantas and Raimondas Sukys will examine whether municipalities of Lithuania correctly implement public health care as well as prevention and control of infectious diseases.
“After dramatic events in Skuodas it is essential to find answers to certain questions, such as how public health care functions are carried out by administrations of municipalities in different schools and are these functions performed well,” emphasised the Seimas Ombudsman R. Sukys.
The Seimas Ombudsmen will also aim to ascertain whether legal regulation of health checks of school personnel is sufficient. Moreover, the investigation will reveal if public health safety regulations (hygiene norms) guarantees that school personnel works only having undergone all procedures laid down in a health check.
29 February 2016
There is an increasing number of Lithuanians who know where to address in case their rights are violated; however, a huge number (84.9 percent) of respondents are hesitant to look for help showed the representative survey.
Commissioned by the Seimas Ombudsmen’s Office, public opinion and market research center “Vilmorus” conducted a representative opinion poll in November 2015. The study revealed that as many as 59.7 percent of the country’s population would know which institution to address regarding violated human rights, whereas, in 2012 the percent stood at mere 27.9.
According to the survey, as many as 43.2 percent of Lithuania’s population would address the Seimas Ombudsmen regarding violated human rights, compared to 42.0 percent in 2014 and mere 24.3 percent in 2012.
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.