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The State Boarder Guard Service will eliminate human rights violations at Frontier Stations

22 August 2014

pasienis kontrole-300x225The Seimas Ombudsman Augustinas Normantas identified significant human rights violations in Švenčioniai, G. Žagunis, Dievenišikiai, Pavoverė, Adutiškis, Tverečius and Puškai Frontier Stations of Vilnius and Ignalina Frontier Districts. However, a Commander of the State Boarder Guard Service assured that the vast majority of them will be eliminated utill the end of this year..

“Such benevolence of the Commander of the State Boarder Guard Service towards implementation of recommendations of the Seimas Ombudsman could be a good example to other institutions which by performing their obligations often violate human rights,” pointed the Seimas Ombudsman A.Normantas.

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Seimas Ombudsman expresses concern regarding social care institutions in Lithuania

24 July 2014

Augustinas NormantasThe Seimas Ombudsman Augustinas Normantas expressed concern regarding a huge number of social care institutions in Lithuania. Lithuania has over 250 social care institutions both for children and adults, inhabited by more than 16 thousand people.

In the opinion of A. Normantas, people living in those institutions are considered inferior, i.e. not able look after themselves. Inhabitants of such institutions are not encouraged or are insufficiently encouraged to be self-dependent. Moreover, physical restraint means, such as medical belts and isolation rooms, are still applied.

“These measures degrade human dignity and for this reason in international practice it is required to stop applying them. These measures may be applied only in exceptional cases when a person poses threat to himself and others,” said the adviser of the Seimas Ombudsman Krsitina Brazevič.

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Seimas ombudsmen and UN ambassador talked over National Human Rights Institution issues

21 July 2014

 MG 0811bOn 15 July 2014, the Seimas Ombudsmen Augustinas Normantas and Raimondas Šukys, advisers to the President Jovita Neliupšienė and Indrė Pukanasytė as well as the Ambassador to the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Lithuania to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva Rytis Palauskas had a meeting to discuss the perspectives of the Seimas Ombudsmen Office to become a National Human Rights Institution.

In May, the Committee against Torture positively evaluated the activities of the Human Rights Division of the Seimas Ombudsmen’s Office in performing the monitoring of detention places, but encouraged Lithuanian institutions to make a final decision regarding the establishment of a National Human Rights Institution in Lithuania.

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