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The Seimas Ombudsman: “A Lack of privacy is the most significant problem in elderly homes.”

20 July 2016

Augustinas Normantas3After visiting social care institutions in Klaipėda and Šiauliai districts, the Seimas Ombudsman Augustinas Normantas came to a conclusion that a lack of privacy in elderly homes is the most significant problem.

“There are still many walking straight into residents' rooms without knocking and they are not allowed locking the doors from inside. Moreover, there is not enough private space in the residents' rooms and there are no lockers for personal belongings. Sadly, medical check-ups are undertaken in front of strangers and without using folding screens to provide temporary privacy,” the Seimas Ombudsman A. Normantas highlighted in his report.

There is limited attention paid towards promotion of healthy ageing of elderly. Self-management is not encouraged either: “Residents are not encouraged to use cutlery. Also, a focus on regaining physical ability is poor.”

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The European officers gathered in Vilnius for international training on prevention of torture

23 June 2016 

 MG 7203The officers for prevention of torture from 16 European countries converged in Vilnius on 21-23 June 2016 where the training on prevention of torture was held on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT).

The workshop "Monitoring of Psychiatric Facilities" co-organized by the International Ombudsman Institute (IOI) and Association for Prevention of Torture (APT) took place in the Seimas Ombudsmen's Office.

Psychiatrists from Great Britain and Austria, working in the sphere of human rights and experts from the Committee against Torture of the United Nations, European Council and Association for Prevention of Torture have taught European officers in Vilnius.

The concerns on how to talk to people with mental disorder, what issues to focus on when visiting psychiatric institutions and what problems with people face when are in psychiatric facilities were the highlight of the training. Moreover, the participants of the training visited the Rokiškis psychiatric hospital on the second day of the workshop. 

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The Seimas Ombudsmen's Office and the Association of Regional Radio Stations to be collaborating in creating broadcasts on human rights

14 May 2016

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The Association of Regional Radio Stations received funding from the Press, Radio and Television Support Fund for the project “Respect for democratic values and human rights – mission possible”, which was prepared with the help of the Seimas Ombudsmen's Office.

“The Seimas Ombudsmen's Office has always been looking for new forms of contributing to the human rights promotion countrywide; therefore, radio broadcasts in regional radio stations is one of the ways to increase the knowledge of the society on human rights and freedoms," noted the head of the Seimas Ombudsmen's Office Augustinas Normantas.

A sense of community, civic initiatives and activities that have an impact on the development of democratic values will be in the centre of broadcasts. Moreover, the radio programmes will focus on the corruption and bureaucracy as major factors causing widespread damage to the democratic societies. Also, considerable attention will be paid to the right to get information as well as techniques to fight against propaganda.

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