23 March 2017
Students from various countries focused on human rights principles and international commitments at the discussion, which was organised by the Seimas Ombudsman's Office and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania.
By welcoming students from eight European Countries, the head of the Seimas Ombudsmen's Office, Mr. Augustinas Normantas, noted that human rights are not only the rule of law but also encompass the culture of societies, the politics of states, and the attitudes of people.
Students from Greece, Italy, Spain, Turkey, Lithuania, France, Portugal, and Romania shared their thoughts on the human rights principles enshrined in the European Convention on Human Rights, and they discussed respect for diversity, equality, and equal rights.
Professor of International Law at Mykolas Romeris University, Mr. Justas Žilinskas, started the event by asking students why it was important to respect human rights. He was interested in how human rights were defended and promoted in their countries. He talked about the development of human rights and human rights protection mechanisms in the world.
2 March 2017
The Seimas Ombudsman Mr. Augustinas Normantas and the Minister of Justice Ms. Milda Vainiutė together with the representatives of Prison Department and the Ministry of Health have discussed possible ways to halt the spread of HIV in correctional institutions.
During the meeting, the Seimas Ombudsman noted that not only barriers to prevent drug entering prisons should be strengthened but also measures impeding the spread of HIV in penitentiaries should be fully implemented.
“Present plan does not encompass measures recommended by World Health Organization (WHO), which include education of convicts, voluntary counselling and testing for HIV and dissemination of condoms. Furthermore, a drug addiction treatment, as well as treatment for HIV-positive ones, should be provided too”, noted Mr. Normantas.
The representatives of the Ministry of Health supported the position of the Seimas Ombudsman by proposing the Prison Department to supplement the action plan aiming at HIV prevention in correctional facilities with measures recommended by WHO.
3 February 2017
EU Twinning Project “Implementation of the best European practices with the aim of strengthening the institutional capacity of the Apparatus of the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights to protect human rights and freedoms (Apparatus)” was launched last Friday, 3rd of February.
The goal of this EU Twinning Project is to ensure the effective prevention and response to violations of human rights by strengthening the effectiveness of the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights (Ombudsman) institution as an efficient mechanism of parliamentary control over the observance of human rights and freedoms at the national level, taking into account the best European practices. The Office of the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights is the main beneficiary of this Twinning Project.
Opening Ceremony, bringing together Ukrainian, Lithuanian and Austrian project partners, marked a launch of the Twinning Project. This event was opened by H.E. Hugues Mingarelli, Ambassador of the European Union and Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Ukraine, H.E. Marius Janukonis, Ambassador of the Republic of Lithuania to Ukraine, H.E. Hermine Poppeller,Ambassador of Austria to Ukraine,Ms. Valeriya Lutkovska, Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights and Mr. Augustinas Normantas, Head of the Seimas Ombudsmen's Office of the Republic of Lithuania. Ms. Milda Vainiutė, Minister of Justice of the Republic of Lithuania and Mr. Dainius Žalimas, President of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Lithuania shared best Lithuanian and EU practices in the human rights protection area at the Opening Ceremony of the Project.
“The project aimed at building capacities of the most critical institution in democratic societies serves as a bridge between people and authorities and also seeks to forge the ties between local entities for a common goal”– stated in his speech during the opening ceremony Mr. Augustinas Normantas, Head of the Seimas Ombudsmen's Office of the Republic of Lithuania.