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A. Normantas was appointed as head of the Seimas Ombudsmen's Office for the second term

19 October 2017

Normantas A. Seimo kontrolieriusThe Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania (Seimas) appointed a lawyer, a social scientist and former Justice of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Lithuania as head of the Seimas Ombudsmen's Office for the second term of office.

Parliament members voted for the candidacy, 51 to 20 (with 9 abstentions) in a secret ballot on 19 October. A. Normantas has been acting as the Seimas Ombudsman since 2005. Normantas held the office as the head of the Seimas Ombudsmen's Office since 2013.

According to the Law on the Seimas Ombudsmen, Head of the Seimas Ombudsmen's Office shall be appointed by the Seimas concerning the submission of a nominee by the Spokesperson of the Seimas, after the nomination is deliberated about in Committees of the Parliament.

Ombudsmen convened at the Baltic-Nordic Ombudsmen Annual Meeting

9 October 2017

22279405 1851434028450518 5462945526613842911 nSeimas Ombudsman Raimondas Šukys and the adviser of the Human Rights Division of the Seimas Ombudsmen's Office, Kristina Brazevič attended the Baltic-Nordic Ombudsmen annual meeting in Stockholm, where they discussed issues related to the prevention of torture and the harmonization of different mandates in a daily work of an ombudsperson.

During the event, the Baltic-Nordic ombudspersons and representatives of their institutions shared insights and experiences on the challenges they face in carrying out visits to reviewable entities and collaborating with human rights defenders as well as other human rights institutions.

The issues of the involvement of the ombudsperson in the process of improving legislation were discussed at the meeting. Besides, much attention was paid to awareness-raising activities aimed at raising public awareness of human rights.

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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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