17 April 2015
On 16 April 2015, the Seimas Ombudsmen Augustinas Normantas and Raimondas Šukys held talks with Mr Rytis Paulauskas, Ambassador at Permanent Representation to the United Nations Office and other International Organization, over human rights issues and the perspectives of the National Human Rights Institution in Lithuania.
During the meeting with the Seimas Ombudsmen, the Ambassador to the UN in Geneva talked about human rights problems and was interested in the process of establishment of a National Human Rights Institution in Lithuania. Moreover, preparation for the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) was discussed at the meeting.
16 April 2015
These days mark the 20th anniversary of the work of the Seimas (Parliamentary) Ombudsmen's Office. The Head of the Office Augustinas Normantas reveals the history of the institution and major problems of citizens to the internet portal Respublika.
„The establishment of the Seimas Ombudsmen‘s Office coincides with an adoption of the Constitution. It was then established that the Seimas Ombudsmen investigate complaints regarding abuse of office by and bureaucracy of officials of state and municipal institutions and agencies. Until that time it was a completely unknown institute. On 10 April 1995 the Seimas Ombudsmen’s Office started its work with 5 Seimas Ombudsmen and 5 Advisers,“ says the Head of the Office.
A.Normantas notes that the Seimas Ombudsmen's duty - to supervise whether officials serve the people in the way it is provided in the Constitution and in accordance with the law: "People are mainly applying to our institution regarding non-compliance with the Law on Public Administration and provided incomplete information. However, new problems that were non-existent 15 years ago are also emerging."
30 March 2015
On Monday 30 March, the conference “Is detention the only option? The issues and challenges of the detention of asylum-seekers and other foreigners in Lithuania” was held at the Parliament in Lithuania.
Jointly organized by The Seimas (Parliament) Human Rights Committee, the Seimas Ombudsmen’s Office, and the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in Lithuania, the conference focused on the right to liberty, legitimate restrictions of that right, detention monitoring, and the launch of the UNHCR’s Global Strategy “Beyond detention.’’
The conference was attended by more than 60 participants from the Ministry of Internal Affairs, different relevant state institutions and representatives of academia, the courts and civil society. Participants discussed further developments in the field of detention that are needed in order to bring the national practice fully in line with international and European standards.