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People tend to turn to the Seimas Ombudsmen when violated human rights. Confidence in Lithuanian human rights agencies is extremely low though

7 February 2018 

The Seimas Ombudsmnens OfficeThe number of residents who know where to turn for violated human rights has increased, a new poll shows. On violations of human rights, people tend to turn to courts, the Seimas Ombudsmen or police and prosecutor. The general public is less confident in media and other Lithuanian human rights bodies, according to the representative public poll’s survey though.

Even though confidence in Lithuanian human rights agencies is extremely low, trust in the Seimas Ombudsmen's Office has risen. The survey revealed that the courts (13.5 percent) and the Seimas Ombudsmen (7.1 percent) were the most trusted among Lithuanian human rights agencies. In comparison to the previous year (6.3 percent), and 3.4 percent in 2015, the confidence in the Seimas Ombudsmen’s Office has increased dramatically.

The polls showed that more than half of the population would know where to find support (57,5 percent) if their rights were violated. This number was lower in 2015 (52.6 percent) and a bit higher in 2014 (54 percent). However, the percentage of those who knew where to turn when their rights were violated was at a record low – just 27.9 percent in 2013.

The number of people whose rights were violated in municipal and governmental institutions increased almost in two percent this year (14 percent) compared to 12.3 percent in 2016, 16.0 percent in 2016, 18.0 percent in 2014, and 20.0 percent in 2013.

The survey was conducted in January 2018 and revealed that the number of people aware that the Seimas Ombudsmen protected human rights increased (44.4 percent) compared to 42.5 percent in 2016 and 43.2 percent in 2015. In comparison to 2013 when the numbers were extremely low: 34.5 percent in 2013 and just 24.3 percent in 2012, the percentage of people who know that the Seimas Ombudsmen's Office protects human rights has almost doubled.

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The Seimas Ombudsman addressed human rights concerns during the meeting with the Speaker of the Parliament

31 January 2018

27332087 1900299823563938 4167736248022704762 nMr Augustinas Normantas, the head of the Seimas Ombudsmen's Office has met with Mr Viktoras Pranckietis, the Speaker of the Seimas, to discuss the most urgent issues of human rights in the country, among them the mental health problems, deinstitutionalisation of care institutions and challenges of the system of penalties.

During the meeting with the Speaker of the Seimas, A. Normantas also introduced the most relevant action lines for the work of the national human rights institution. "The Speaker of the Seimas was interested in the process of deinstitutionalisation of care institutions as well as the problems in the imprisonment system" noted Mr Normantas.

The Seimas Ombudsman observed that Lithuania is one of the leading countries in the number of imprisoned persons in the European Union. "Lithuania is losing ground for poor prison conditions before national courts, and the European Court of Human Rights" emphasised the Seimas Ombudsman.

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The Seimas Ombudsman calls on the Migration Department to investigate requests for a resident permit in compliance with the law

14 January 2018

A. NormantasAfter examining a few complaints about the actions of the Migration Department in handling aliens' applications for a residence permit in Lithuania, Augustin Normantas, the Seimas Ombudsman, concluded that the Migration Department does not follow the examination of claims provided for in legal acts and does not accurately inform applicants about the processing of applications.

Moreover, the Seimas Ombudsman noted that the Migration Department suspends the processing of applications without complying with the legal grounds for delaying the processing of an application.

"If an inspection is carried out due to company fictitiousness, examination of an application for the issuance of a temporary residence permit is not suspended, but merely considered in the general procedure," it is noted in the conclusions of the Ombudsman of the Seimas.

The Seimas Ombudsman also observes that the Migration Department does not suitably inform applicants about the reasons for stopping the examination of an application, does not specify what additional data they must provide.

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