18 November 2014
On 18 November 2014 the head of the Seimas Ombudsmen’s Office Augustinas Normantas signed a cooperation agreement with the head of the Law Institute of Lithuania Jurgita Paužaitė-Kulvinskienė. The Seimas Ombudsmen’s office and the Institute will collaborate in the field of research, counselling, development of projects and organising of conferences.
“Respect for human rights, constitutional values and justice, which ensures balance between the rights and duties in social relations prevailing in the society is what we aim for when protecting human rights,” said the head of the Seimas Ombudsmen’s Office Augustinas Normantas during the signing ceremony.
31 October 2014
The head of Lukiškės Remand Prison–Prison Viktoras Davidenko will permit remand prisoners to hold communal prayers and devotions in attendance of a member of Sunni Muslim community on Fridays. Such a decision was made after a successful mediation of the Seimas Ombudsman Augustinas Normantas when he addressed the head of Lukiškės Prison.
After a complaint was received from a remand prisoner A. B. complaining about poor conditions to hold collective prayers and devotions in Lukiškės Prison, the Seimas Ombudsman A. Normantas requested the head of Lukiškės Prison to consider the possibility of adjusting the daily routine for those remand prisoners who worship Islam in Lukiškės Prison, so they could hold communal devotions on Fridays.
7 October 2014
On 7 October 2014, the Seimas Ombudsman Augustinas Normantas and the representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Lithuania Renata Kuleš agreed to cooperate in combating human rights violations.
During the meeting with the the Seimas Ombudsman A. Normantas, the representative of UNHCR in Lithuania, showed interest in performance of national prevention of torture in Lithuania and human right violations established by the Seimas Ombudsman in the Foreigners Registration Centre, the Refugees Reception Centre and Frontier Stations.