The Seimas Ombudsmen's Office discussed progress in implementing the recommendations made by the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

30 April 2019

Image 05 05 2019 at 22.13 1At the meeting organized on the initiative of the Seimas Ombudsman, representatives of state institutions and non-governmental organizations listened to activity results of the monitoring report of 2018 on implementation of Social Integration of the Disabled and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Following the report, the Department for the Affairs of the Disabled highlighted the main weaknesses in the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the country.

The report shows that the country does not adequately ensure the participation of people with disabilities in political and social life. "There is a need to improve the legislative provisions on securing access to elections (physical environment and information), and to allocate funds and adapt it appropriately to people with disabilities in polling stations" reveals the report.

'The availability of schools for physically disabled children remains a major problem, and schools for children with other disabilities are still not well prepared. These are worrying indicators” noted Augustinas Normantas, the Seimas Ombudsman, Head of the National Human Rights Institution, emphasising that people with physical disabilities still have difficulty in implementing their constitutional right.

Speaking to representatives of state institutions, A. Normantas noted that the state must ensure awareness of the disabled, enable them to participate in public life - to be active citizens and full-fledged members of the society; therefore, their inclusion in decision-making processes is necessary.

When evaluating the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the country, it is noticeable that residents in adult care institutions are not fed on time, they are not provided with employment possibilities and lack individuality. Residents of care institutions are dependent on the services provided by the staff of those institutions.

As a national human rights institution, the Seimas Ombudsmen's Office monitors and evaluates the country's actions in implementing its international commitments. Monitoring of the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is one of the most important tools to critically assess how Lithuania is implementing its international commitments and to provide tools to address the shortcomings identified in the draft monitoring report. In 2020 Lithuania will have to submit a second report on the progress of the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to the UN Committee on People with Disabilities.


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