• December 8, 2014
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The citizens of the Lithuania know more and more about human rights

More than a half of the residents of Lithuania, know where to file a complain about the violation of the human rights. As the Seimas Ombudsmen’s Office of the Republic of Lithuania states, almost 42% of surveyed citizens would turn just to this Office.

Such tendencies reveals a survey carried out at the request of the Office.

While in this year 54% of respondents declared that they know from whom to seek assistance in human rights violation, in 2012, the percentage was only 27,9%.

42% of surveyed claim that in a case of human rights violation they would turn to the Seimas Ombudsmen’s Office, whereas in 2013 this percentage was 34,5% and in 2012- 24,3%.

According to the survey, a much wider knowledge where to seek out help have younger, residents with higher income, and residents of large urban areas and better qualified surveyed.

18% of surveyed, declared that violations of human rights and freedoms in the sphere of public administration occured, while for contrast with 2012, the estimate was only 12% , and in 2011-15,2%.

Responsibility of the Seimas Ombudsmen’s Office is to protect a person’s right to good public administration securing human rights and freedoms. Currently, the following Seimas Ombudsmen are in office: Dr Augustinas Normantas and Mr Raimondas Šukys.

Translated by Anna Potoła within the framework of a traineeship programme of the European Foundation of Human Rights, www.efhr.eu.

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