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The Seimas Ombudsman advised the authorities of Lithuania to respect human rights

2 November 2016

IMG 0006During the second review of the Lithuania’s report on human rights in the UN Universal Periodic Review (UPR) session in Geneva, the head of the Seimas Ombudsmen’s Office Mr Augustinas Normantas advised the authorities of Lithuania to respect human rights.

Mr Normantas introduced the status of the application for the accreditation of a national human rights institution under Paris Principles. Moreover, talked about the fulfilment of the duties of a National Preventive institution.

In his speech, the Seimas Ombudsman underlined the importance of the implementation of the CPT recommendations concerning human rights violations in places of detention. Furthermore, Mr Normantas stressed the importance to respect the rights of people with disabilities in particular of those with mental health problems. The importance to eliminate the violations of human rights in social care institutions was at the centre of his statement as well.

The head of Lithuanian delegation Mr Paulius Griciūnas, a vice-minister of the Ministry of Justice, stressed that the second cycle of UPR is connected to a significant event – the 25th anniversary of Lithuania's admission to UN. The head of the delegation put emphasis on the country's involvement in several international and regional human rights monitoring mechanisms. "Being a party to international treaties led us to the betterment of national legislation concerning human rights", noted he.

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The Seimas Ombudsman stressed the importance of educational activities for the elderly residing in social care institutions


IMG 0051There should be more social-educational activities, and residents should get more attention from the personnel of social care institutions. Prof Irena Leliūgienė holds the view that the engagement of the elderly into different activities should involve improvement of existing skills as well as the development of social-cultural activities.

The Seimas Ombudsman Augustinas Normantas welcomed participants of the conference by noting that residents living in social care homes should not lose their dignity. Therefore it is necessary to promote integration so that they would feel fully-fledged members of the society.

Echoing educologist Prof Leliūgienė, the Seimas Ombudsman drew the attention of participants of the conference to the lack of socio-educational activities in social care homes.

"It seems that they are fed well, and they have a roof over their heads; however, like every human being the elderly living in care institutions need a wider range of activities and those activities have to be personalised to address the needs of each resident," noted Mr Normantas.

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The head of the Seimas Ombudsmen's Office has met with the Ukrainian Ombudswoman

30 September 2016

Seimo kontrolierius su Ukrainos ombudsmeneThe Seimas Ombudsman, head of the Seimas Ombudsmen's Office Mr. Augustinas Normantas has met with the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights Ms. Valeriya Lutkovska to discuss cooperation issues in strengthening the capacities of apparatus of the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights.

The implementation issues of the European Union's Twinning project “Implementation of the Best European Practices with the Aim of Strengthening the Institutional Capacity of the Apparatus of the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights to Protect Human Rights and Freedoms (Apparatus)” were in the centre of the talks during the meeting.

Partners of the twinning project from Lithuania and Austria discussed primary activities of the project, among those, one of the most important event – the Kick-off aiming to introduce the project to the Society of Ukraine.

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