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The Seimas Ombudsman advised the authorities of Lithuania to respect human rights

2 November 2016

IMG 0006During the second review of the Lithuania’s report on human rights in the UN Universal Periodic Review (UPR) session in Geneva, the head of the Seimas Ombudsmen’s Office Mr Augustinas Normantas advised the authorities of Lithuania to respect human rights.

Mr Normantas introduced the status of the application for the accreditation of a national human rights institution under Paris Principles. Moreover, talked about the fulfilment of the duties of a National Preventive institution.

In his speech, the Seimas Ombudsman underlined the importance of the implementation of the CPT recommendations concerning human rights violations in places of detention. Furthermore, Mr Normantas stressed the importance to respect the rights of people with disabilities in particular of those with mental health problems. The importance to eliminate the violations of human rights in social care institutions was at the centre of his statement as well.

The head of Lithuanian delegation Mr Paulius Griciūnas, a vice-minister of the Ministry of Justice, stressed that the second cycle of UPR is connected to a significant event – the 25th anniversary of Lithuania's admission to UN. The head of the delegation put emphasis on the country's involvement in several international and regional human rights monitoring mechanisms. "Being a party to international treaties led us to the betterment of national legislation concerning human rights", noted he.

The delegation has received more than 170 recommendations regarding gender equality, enforcement of the rights of people with disabilities, LGBTI and people in places of deprivation. There were plenty of countries interested in the progress of the establishment of NHRI in Lithuania.UN UPR26 Session

The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a mechanism of the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council (HRC) that emerged from the 2005 UN reform process. Commonly referred to as the UN-UPR, it was established by General Assembly resolution 60/251 of 3 April 2006, the UN-UPR periodically examines the human rights performance of all 193 UN Member States. UPR is the first international human rights mechanism to address all countries and all human rights.

The Seimas Ombudsmen defend the human right to good public administration, which ensures human rights and freedoms and oversees public authorities to ensure they comply with their duty to adequately serve the people. The Parliamentary Ombudsmen also carry out national prevention of torture at detention facilities under the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.

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