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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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The Seimas has appointed Mr. Augustinas Normantasfor his third term as the Seimas Ombudsman

8 November 2016

IMG 0022On 8 November 2016, the Seimas (Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania) appointed Mr. Augustinas Normantas to the post of the Seimas Ombudsman for the third term. Mr. Normantas also acts as the Head of the Seimas Ombudsmen's Office.

His candidacy was chosen by the Speaker of the Seimas, after thorough deliberations with different groups of the political parties at the Seimas, civil society and NGO’s that also considered the nomination.

“In the light of the resolution adopted by the Seimas in 2014, the Seimas Ombudsmen's Office is actively involved in the shaping of the overall human rights concept, policies, and practices in the country. Therefore, cooperation with the Seimas Committees on Human Rights, Legal, and Foreign Affairs has also increased,” noted the Seimas Ombudsman.

With the emphasis on a greater awareness of human rights and the enhanced visibility of the institution, the Seimas Ombudsman's Office is pursuing its goal of becoming a national human rights institution. The Seimas Ombudsman's Office is an active member of the European Network of National Human Rights Institutions (ENNHRI) and the International Ombudsmen Institute (IOI).

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