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The Seimas Ombudsman Raimondas Šukys attended discussion on National Preventive Mechanisms in OSCE region

5 June 2015

Sukys ESBOOn 4 June the Seimas Ombudsman Raimondas Šukys attended discussion “Implementing the Preventive Mandate: Ombuds institutions designated as a National Preventive Mechanisms in the OSCE region” in Warsaw. The discussion was organized by the Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT) in cooperation with OSCE.

Mr. Raimondas Šukys introduced results of the activity of the Seimas Ombudsmen’s Office in implementing the national prevention of torture and highlighted challenges the Seimas Ombudsmen’s Office has faced since the Seimas Ombudsmen’s Office was granted a new mandate in 2014.

“When implementing the national prevention of torture the financial and human resources are a considerable challenge. And what is even more important, the implementation of NPM is aggravated by a big number of detention places in Lithuania” noted the Seimas Ombudsman.

In the opinion of the Seimas Ombudsman a possibility to identify various shortcomings and prevent human rights violations in detention places should be considered as a major opportunity offered by the NPM preventive mandate.

Best practices in implementing the national prevention of torture in different countries were promoted during the meeting in Warsaw.Further, the cooperation with NGOs and civil society, governmental and municipal institutions was taken as an advantage by participants of a discussion.

In addition, preparation of monitoring reports and a need for closer cooperation with experts when monitoring places of detention has been discussed therein.

A particular attention was paid to introduction of findings to authorities of detention places. Finally, the scope and publicity given to the findings as well as techniques of dissemination of information was the focus of attention during the discussion.

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