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Vigorous activities by the Seimas Ombudsmen raise public awareness about the Seimas Ombudsmen’s Office

21 May 2015

Seimo kontrolierių įstaigaMore than a half (54%) of Lithuanian residents would know where to find protection against human rights violations. As many as 42% would seek help from the Seimas Ombudsmen. Those are the findings of a representative survey of the population commissioned by the Seimas Ombudsmen’s Office, carried out at the end of last year.

Increased public awareness about the Seimas Ombudsmen’s Office resulted from a particularly high number of complaints examined by the office. Last year, the Seimas Ombudsmen resolved over 1 953 complaints, including ones relating to the practices of state and municipal officials.

The survey has revealed that 42% of Lithuanian citizens would apply to the Seimas Ombudsmen for protection against human rights violations, compared to 34.5% in 2013 and just 24.3% in 2012.

Researchers note that younger and more educated respondents, as well as those with higher incomes (70%) and living in major cities (58%), are more aware of the organisations to contact in cases of human rights violations.

In 2014, the Seimas Ombudsmen upheld nearly half of all complaints received and completed the complaint procedures by issuing nearly 1 800 recommendations.

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A meeting on prevention of torture in adult care institutions was held in Kaunas district

11 May 2015

 MG 4860On 11 May 2015 the Seimas Ombudsman Augustinas Normantas paid a visit to Kaunas where an introductory meeting with an administration of Kaunas municipality and heads of adult care homes of Kaunas district was conducted.

The mandate for national prevention of torture under Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT) as well as peculiarities of human rights assessment were introduced to the participants of the meeting.

Further, the most significant and systematic problems that had been identified in adult care institutions during 2014 were highlighted and the progress of implementation of the recommendations issued by the Seimas Ombudsman was discussed at the meeting.

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The Seimas Ombudsman Augustinas Normantas and members of the Seimas Committee on Human Rights visited Foreigners Registration Centre

 6 May 2015

FullSizeRender-2On 6 May 2015 the Seimas Ombudsman Augustinas Normantas and members of the Seimas Committee on Human Rights Zita Žvikienė, Marija Aušrinė Pavilionienė and Ona Valiukevičiūtė paid a visit to Foreigners Registration Centre with an aim to become familiar with activities of the centre as well as to facilitate cooperation between institutions dealing with refugee problems.

The head of Foreigners Registration Centre Remigijus Volikas and the director of Caritas organization Linas Kukuraitis expressed their satisfaction with results of cooperation of their institutions.

Conclusions and recommendations on the human rights situation in the Foreigners Registration Centre were issued after the Seimas Ombudsman’s visit to the centre in 2014. The recommendations were discussed at length this year at the conference in Seimas.

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