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On the International Day conference, focus on people with disabilities and those in institutional care

9 December 2016 

IMG 0108“Concerted efforts to achieve the goal — to ratify the Convention — a crucial step towards respect of persons with disabilities. I say respect because I am convinced that by respecting the other person you will never diminish him and if his or her rights are infringed, you will always make any effort to defend them,” said Augustinas Normantas, the head of the Seimas Ombudsmen's Office, who started a conference to observe  International Human Rights Day.

At the conference co-organised by the Seimas Committee for Human Rights and the Seimas Ombudsmen’s Office, particular attention was paid to the issues associated with physical or mental disabilities and older people residing in social care institutions' rights. Participants of the conference were welcomed by spokesmen of the Seimas Viktoras Pranckietis.

Sixty-eight years ago, on December 10, 1948, the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights was signed. Through the values enshrined in this Declaration, the entire international human rights protection system was created and developed, as well as the adoption of international agreements, including a legally binding key international document — the Council of Europe’s Convention on Human Rights and Freedoms.  Welcoming participants of the Conference was the Chairman of the Seimas Committee for Human Rights, Mr. Valerijus Simulikas.

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People trust the police and the prosecutor's office more than non-governmental organisations

8 December 2016

The Seimas Ombudsmnens OfficeOn violations of human rights, people tend to turn to the prosecutor's office, the police, or the media but not to non-governmental organisations. Although the general public is less confident in Lithuanian human rights bodies, confidence in the Seimas Ombudsmen's Office has almost doubled in recent years, according to the representative public poll’s survey.

Although confidence in Lithuanian human rights agencies is slight, faith in the Seimas Ombudsmen's Office has risen from 3.4 percent in 2015 to 6.3 percent this year. The survey revealed that the police and prosecutor’s office (19.5 percent) and courts (10.5 percent) were most trusted while the Consumer Protection Agency (1.6 percent) and the State Labour Inspectorate (1.6 percent) suffered the lowest confidence of the respondents.

According to information obtained from the representative public poll, conducted by the Public Opinion and Research Centre ‘Vilmorus’ at the request of the Seimas Ombudsperson's Office, people tend to trust the media more (12.5 percent) than non-governmental organisations (8 percent).

However, the percentage of those seeking help increased significantly (49.2 percent) in 2016 while as many as 84.9 percent of respondents whose rights were violated did not ask for help previous year.

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A representative of the Seimas Ombudsmen's Office gave a presentation at the international conference in Bangkok

23 November 2016

IOI 2 18Nov16 168The head of the Seimas Ombudsmen's Office Mr Augustinas Normantas took part in the international conference "Evaluation of Ombudsmanship" organised by the International Ombudsman Institute (IOI), which was held on 13-19 November 2016 in Bangkok. The Ombudsman participated in various discussions and met with several ombudsmen from Europe and other continents to discuss possible cooperation.

At the invitation of the International Ombudsman Institute, the Chief Public Relations Counsellor of the Seimas Ombudsmen's Office, Mr. Vytautas Valentinavičius, gave a presentation on "The Use of Media to Promote Ombudsmen's work in Protecting Human Rights" at the conference. The speaker drew the attention of the audience to the fact that the media takes on an increasingly important role in public policy, and the Ombudsmen around the world should exploit the opportunities of media in shaping human rights policy and changing the public discourse on human rights.

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