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The Seimas Ombudsman welcomed the participants of the programme "Volunteering in the field of human rights."

15 June 2017

IMG 0117Augustinas Normantas, Head of the Seimas Ombudsmen's Office, handed certificates to the students who have successfully completed the programme "Volunteering in the field of human rights" carried out by the Seimas Ombudsmen's Office.

A. Normantas expressed his hope that knowledge and experience acquired during participation in the programme will be useful not only in studies but also in life: "We need to remember that respect for human rights is one of the essential values of a democratic society; therefore, skills and competences acquired during the training will benefit in the future."

An educational programme was designed to develop young lawyers’ perception of the application of human rights standards in the penal system.  Applying practical and theoretical approach, the coordinators of the programme aimed to educate future lawyers by raising their awareness on human rights as well as broadening their knowledge about the United Nations and other human rights mechanisms.

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The Seimas Ombudsmen‘s Office became an accredited National Human Rights Institution (NHRI)

12 June 2017

35089085822 a3d18598d3 oViktoras Pranckietis, the Speaker of the Seimas (Parliament), in his opening address at the event organised by the Seimas Ombudsmen congratulated the Seimas Ombudsmen’s Office with accreditation as a National Human Rights Institution (NHRI).

According to the Speaker of the Seimas, an accredited national human rights institution makes a significant part of the national and international legal system as it observes how the State implements international obligations in the sphere of human rights and participates in the activities of the United Nations and relevant regional human rights organisations.

„A message that the Seimas Ombudsmen’s Office has become an accredited National Human Rights Institution is a result of continuous work, and I congratulate all of you with this result. It is important to understand that an NHRI serves as a bridge between national and international human rights instruments as well as between the civil society and the State. Therefore, accreditation of the Seimas Ombudsmen’s Office as an A status national human rights institution is a big accomplishment both for the State and its citizens“, noted the Speaker of the Seimas.

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The Seimas Ombudsmen's Office and ENNHRI held a seminar on human rights based care

5 June 2017

KupiskisThe Seimas Ombudsmen's Office in cooperation with ENNHRI expert Dr Ciara O'Dwyer commenced a seminar on human rights based care "Human rights-based care of elderly" in Kupiškis Centre for Social Services.

The social workers from different institutions within Panevėžys region came to advance their knowledge of human rights based care at the seminar. Mr Dainius Bardauskas, the Mayor of Kupiškis District Municipality, addressed the audience by emphasizing the importance and timeliness of the training.

A workshop aimed to introduce the core findings of the European overview report to the social workers of social care institutions which have been monitored by a monitoring team of the Seimas Ombudsmen’s Office and provide an overall picture of how human rights legislation is taken into account when planning and delivering services.

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