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The Seimas Ombudsman Augustinas Normantas presented insights concerning necessary reforms at the Ukrainian ombudsman institution

28 Sptember 2017

21768484 1847124022214852 7141504342674316721 nWhile participating at the round table in the Ukraine, the Seimas Ombudsman Augustinas Normantas presented expert insights concerning necessary reforms at the Ukrainian ombudsman institution

Being the head of the European Union's Twinning project Strengthening the Institutional Capacity of the Apparatus of the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights on Issues of Human Rights and Freedoms, A. Normantas drew the attention of the participants to the fact that the expert insights were focused on a more efficient work of the Commissioner, establishing provisions of ombudsman independence required in the legislation and discussing other spheres of activities.

The presentation of expert insights was also attended by H.E. Hugues Mingarelli,EU Ambassador and Head of the EU Delegation to Ukraine as well as Marius Janukonis, Lithuania’s Ambassador to Ukraine.

Under the leadership of the Seimas Ombudsman A. Normantas, the project is implemented by experts of legal science and practice representing the Law Institute of Lithuania, the Seimas Ombudsmen's Office of the Republic of Lithuania, the Office of Equal Opportunities Ombudsperson, the State Data Protection Inspectorate, and the Law Faculty of Vilnius University. Austria is represented in the Project by the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights. Administrative and financial management of this two-year project is ensured by the Central Project Management Agency.

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3rd NPM training held in Vienna

1 October 2017

Participants of Vienna trainingThe third edition of the IOI’s NPM training cycle (first in Riga in 2015, second in Vilnius in 2016) put a special focus on shared learning and on how to optimize communication skills and techniques for the interaction with challenging conversation partners such as psychiatric patients or residents in nursing homes who suffer from dementia.

With this innovative training format, the IOI created a possibility for participants to learn through a practical approach while at the same time upholding the “do-no-harm” principle, which is essential when monitoring places of detention and interviewing those who are specifically vulnerable and in need of support.

Participants were given the chance to practice their communication skills in role plays with trained actors, who are familiar with the psychiatric clinical patterns of individual patients and simulated the patients’ characteristics. After each role play, the actors were able to provide elaborated feedback, thus helping participants to improve their actions in similar situations in their everyday work. “At one point participants even asked if the lady will now be brought back to the psychiatric institution. This is proof of how realistic the actors’ performances were and what a powerful learning tool these role plays turned out to be for the participants,” IOI Secretary General Günther Kräuter underlined after the first training day.

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A focus on rights of the older persons in the UN Open-ended Working Group on Ageing

9 July 2017


IMG 1254Upon an invitation of the European Network of National Human Rights Institutions, Vytautas Valentinavičius, Chief Public Relations Counsellor represented the Seimas Ombudsmen‘s Office, which has recently become an accredited national human rights institution, at the United Nations Open-ended Working Group on Ageing.

National human rights institutions accredited with an A status by the UN for the first time had an opportunity to participate in the 8th session of the OEWG and discuss burning issues of equality and non-discrimination on the basis of age as well as neglect, violence and abuse against older persons.

Participants of the working group meeting talked about problems related to securing of older persons’ rights at the long-term care institutions and home environment. At the meeting, big attention was also drawn to discussions of problems on protection against violence, discrimination experienced by the older persons in the labour market as well as other spheres of social life.

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