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The Nordic and Baltic ombudsmen were surprised by the big number of such places in Lithuania

P6130112After the visit to Lukiskės Remand Prison and Vilnius Correctional House, the Nordic and Baltic ombudsmen were surprised by the big number of such institutions in Lithuania. The Seimas Ombudsmen Augustinas Normantas and Raimondas Šukys aimed to show different types of detention places to the Nordic and Baltic ombudsmen visiting Lithuania.

The director Viktoras Davidenko of Lukiskės Remand Prison answered the questions of guests and presented the prison. The ombudsmen were interested in wellbeing of imprisoned and talked to custodians. The guests also were interested in peculiarities of the Penal Enforcement System of Lithuania.

The representatives of the Nordic and Baltic Ombudsmen Offices also visited Vilnius Correctional House where they saw cells of physically disabled detainees. Furthermore, the guests were informed about the conditions of live sentenced prisoners, showed sport rooms, a shop and a health care center in Lukiskės Remand Prison.

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The Seimas Ombudsmen’s Office has introduced an English Summary of the Annual Report

 MG 0058The Seimas Ombudsmen’s Office has introduced an English Summary of the annual report of the activities of the Seimas Ombudsmen’s Office of the Republic of Lithuania in 2013. The Annual Report was presented by the Seimas Ombudsmen Augusitnas Normantas and Raimondas Šukys and approved by the Seimas (Parliament) on 3 June, 2014.

Article 3 of the Law on the Seimas Ombudsmen stipulates that the purpose of activities of the Seimas Ombudsmen shall be to protect a person’s right to good public administration securing human rights and freedoms, to supervise the fulfillment by state authorities of their duty to properly serve the people.

Since the beginning of 2014, the scope of activities of the Seimas Ombudsmen has been extended. The Seimas Ombudsmen also carry out the national prevention of torture at the places of detention according to the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.

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UN Committee against Torture: “There are many detainees and overcrowded prisons in Lithuania. Children are placed in socializations centers”

united-nations-flag-909The Committee against Torture drafted concluding observations on the third periodic report of Lithuania on 23 May. UN Committee voiced concern over socializations centers where minors are placed, as well as overcrowded prisons in Lithuania.

The Committee expressed concern at duration, and the high number of persons held in pretrial and administrative detention by pointing out that pretrial detention is not used as a measure of last resort.

The Seimas Ombudsman Raimondas Šukys, who participated in hearings of the third periodic report of Lithuania in Geneva, agreed with the value of UN Committee’s concluding observations and the need to achieve them:

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