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Signing of cooperation agreements with universities

11 September, Vilnius. The Seimas Ombudsman Dr Augustinas Normantas signed cooperation agreements with the deans of the Faculties of Law of Vilnius University and Mykolas Romeris University. The signed agreements provide for long-term cooperation between institutions in promoting and developing human rights, strengthening development of the law, reducing the gap between science and practice as well as supporting scientific, professional and cultural activities.


The Seimas Ombudsmen's Office together with the Faculties of Law of Vilnius University and Mykolas Romeris University will cooperate in developing joint projects, programmes, conferences, organising debates, and other scientific events, international and national researches and projects, publishing training, methodological materials on relevant legal issues.


Having signed the agreements of cooperation the Seimas Ombudsmen's Office will help to improve the quality of specialist training, and will enable students, graduate students and lecturers to conduct scientific research as well as to serve apprenticeship or to perform professional practice in the office; in addition it will provide materials necessary for the study process about the activities of the institution.

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The Seimas Ombudsmen have evaluated restrictions applied to patients of a psychiatric hospital

The Seimas Ombudsmen of the Republic of Lithuania have assessed application of restraints and restrictions to the rights of hospitalized patients of Forensic Psychiatric Hospital in Rokiškis.

The hospital provides health care services, among others, to persons, who having committed an act dangerous to the public have been recognized as being of diminished responsibility by the court as well as individuals, who after performing a criminal act or after hearing a sentence became mentally ill and for this reason are not able to understand the meaning of their actions or control them. Such patients are assigned coercive medical measures – inpatient treatment in a specialized mental health facility. Patients treated in this hospital are applied two types of constraints: lock belts and medical treatment in an intensive care room (hereinafter referred to as ICR). In addition, patients are subject to restrictions on freedom of movement and in some cases to restrictions on individual rights such as the right to communicate and meet with relatives.

First of all, during the inspection a particular lack of psychiatrists responsible for the application of restrictive measures on patients was observed: there were only 19 psychiatrists for 391 patients (as of 24-07-2013). Nevertheless, work of the staff of hospital divisions is well organized; patients treated at this hospital are looked after by qualified personnel with the knowledge how to deal with a patient in cases of deterioration of his/her mental state. Moreover, hospital staff tries to help the patients to overcome their mental disorders and patients do not have complaints concerning the staff behaviour.

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FRA Report: Discrimination and Hate Crime against Jews in EU Member States

The report presents the findings of FRA’s survey on experiences and perceptions of hate crime, discrimination and antisemitism among self-identified Jewish respondents in eight European Union (EU) Member States – Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Sweden and the United Kingdom. It describes the personal experiences and perceptions of 5,847 Jewish persons concerning the extent and nature of various incidents in their daily lives – including incidents of hate crime, discrimination and various manifestations of antisemitism. The survey was carried out online during September and October 2012. The eight EU countries covered are home to over 90 % of the EU’s estimated Jewish population.


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