National Human Rights Forum (NFHR) focuses on children and young people

16 December 2019

On December 10, the World Human Rights Day commemorated during the annual National Human Rights Forum in Vilnius. The 30th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child has inspired the topics to be discussed during the event.

NFHR invited the public to review the human rights situation in the country - what should be done to make Lithuania an excellent place to live for people of all nationalities, races, faiths, genders, social backgrounds, beliefs or beliefs. It was no coincidence that this year's forum was dedicated to discussing child rights issues - Lithuania is elected a member of the UNICEF Board for the period 2019-2021.

Although Lithuania pays much attention to the fight against bullying, at the state level there is still a divide between the rights of the child and adults, there is a lack of systematic and comprehensive rights enforcement, and the child's opinion is not always heard and listened. Young people around the world are becoming involved in the realization of human rights, climate change or social issues, and the purpose of the forum is to bring young people together and provide a platform for the dissemination of their ideas on human rights.

The representatives of UNICEF and other international organizations, including ministers, foreign ambassadors, members of the Parliament, academia and non-governmental organizations gathered to find solutions to the issues at stake.

During the NFHR, the Seimas Ombudsmen's Office (National Human Rights Institution) and the Human Rights Monitoring Institute joined forces to discuss whether Lithuanian prisons capable of achieving the goals of punishment. The Office of the Equal Opportunities Ombudsperson invited participants to discuss issues of identity recognition while the Office of the Ombudsperson for Children's Rights held a discussion on children's rights enforcement during the parental conflict. The media's role in ensuring the public's right to be informed was initiated by the Office of the Inspector of Journalist Ethics.

NFHR is an annual event organized on Human Rights Day which invites the public to discuss human rights issues. In 2019, the NFHR was dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. This year's motto is "Rights of a child – rights of a human". The NFHR is a unique event which unites the academia, the public and private sectors, and hundreds of participants.

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