Introduction to Human Rights

Info on HRPublic opinion polls reveal that the level of awareness of human rights keeps steadily increasing in Lithuania. In 2014, 3/5 of Lithuanians (60%) said they had enough of information regarding human rights. However, the level of knowledge where to turn to in case your human rights have been violated, is increasing significantly slower.
Introduction to human rights – is a training for pupils and others interested in human rights notion, fundamental human rights, their meaning and impact for our daily lives, and the ways to use them and to defend them.

In this course we discuss the idea and concept of human rights, their nature and inalienability, origin, development and classification; we talk about personal perception of human rights and their fundamental elements, whom they belong to, who needs them, and how widespread are they. We also discuss what human rights regulate and what duties they create.

In this course we introduce the main national and international human rights documents, discuss their content and application, and we address all the questions you might have.

Domestic Violence

violences-femmes-europeEvery third woman in Lithuania suffers from physical, psychological, economic or sexual violence at home. Domestic violence creates a circle of violence, making it extremely difficult for the victim to escape.

This course seeks to provide legal, psychological and social knowledge to the professionals working with domestic violence cases, in order to enable them to provide effective help for victims and prevent the crime.

Domestic violence course is intended for police officers, prosecutors, lawyers, judges and other specialists dealing with domestic violence cases or interacting with domestic violence victims. We teach about the specifics of the domestic violence crime, present the Law on the Protection against Domestic Violence and the victims‘ protection standards.

Discrimination and Equal Opportunities

romania_prison_guilty.png_effected.pngDiscrimination in Latin means unfair behavior with a person or a group of persons because of certain features or characteristics of that person, such as race, nationality, language, origin, social status, gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, political views, disability and others.

We all think in certain categories. These categories, prejudice, stereotypes, negative attitudes to particular groups of people are often the precondition for the discriminatory behavior.

This course consists of both theoretical and practical parts, where we discuss the concept, types and grounds of discrimination. We talk about our own prejudices, analyse practical situations trying to recognize discriminatory attitudes in our surroundings – school, work, street or among colleagues, teachers, friends or family.

We offer a general training on discrimination on all grounds, social inequity and intertwined approach to this phenomenon, as well as a more specific training focused on various different grounds of discrimination, i.e. on the ground of gender, sexual orientation, nationality, race, religion, age, disability and others.

Legal Capacity and Supported Decision Making

wheelchairIn 2006, UN General Assembly adopted the Convention of the Rights of People with Disabilities, which completely changes our perception of disability and persons with disability. On 1 January 2016, the legal incapacity reform came into force in Lithuania abolishing a theoretical possibility to deprive a person of his/her legal status and the right to make decisions.

This course is intended for lawyers, notaries, social workers, prosecutors, judges, medical experts, doctors, NGO representatives dealing with the issues of person‘s legal capacity and disability rights.

The course seeks to present the legal reform as well as the new supported decision making model, and help to understand why alternatives to legal incapacity must be applied. The course explains in detail how the supported decision making model actually works.

We talk about the paradigm shift caused by the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities, present the new national regulation, international standards on disability rights. Finally, we discuss the new alternative – objective of the supported decision making model, and why it is the most suitable way to implement the rights of people with disabilities.

Freedom of Assembly

marchingpng_effectedLithuanian society more and more actively uses its freedom of assembly to express its position, protests or demands for politicians. Laws provide for everyone‘s right to gather in peaceful assembly, and the state has a positive obligation to guarantee the implementation of the right.

State and municipal institutions, law enforcement officers still lack both experience and knowledge as to how to ensure the application of this fundamental right necessary in every democratic society.

We organize a training „Right to freedom of assembly: legal standards and practical implementation“, where we present the international human rights standards, Lithuanian laws and case-law regarding the implementation of the freedom of assembly. We also do the practical exercises regarding the implementation of the right.

Right to Private Life and Family Concept

vaikaiA variety of public opinions try to define what family is and what it should consist of. In 2008, Lithuanian Parliament attempted to define the family by adopting the State family policy concept, which later was declared anti-constitutional by the Constitutional Court.

Both the Lithuanian Constitutional Court and the European Court of Human Rights recognize that family is a de facto relation. In this course, by analysing the right to private life, we discuss the family concept, its limits, form versus the content, family members, their rights and duties. We also go back in time to look at the different family ideas and meanings throughout different historical periods.

Discrimination and Harassment at Work

11218868_10153923416415283_4563514527850518649_nDiscrimination in Latin means unfair behavior with a person or a group of persons because of certain features or characteristics of that person, such as race, nationality, language, origin, social status, gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, political views, disability and others.

Discrimination and harassment at work is extremely dangerous practice as it threatens victim’s dignity, creates intimidating, hostile, humiliating and offensive environment at work. It also prevents a person from carrying out his/her work duties, harms work results, achievements and even puts at risk person’s health.

This training consists of theoretical and practical sessions. We present the definitions of discrimination and harassment, its types and grounds. We talk about the attitudes we have, gender and patriarchal stereotypes existing in our societies, we raise the question of sharing roles and responsibilities of women and men.

We seek to empower the participants to recognize what the discriminatory behavior or harassment is, and explain what a person can do in case he/she experience it in practice, i.e. in the working environment.

Victims‘ Rights

3979656353_b08052ff0e_oEU Victims‘ Rights Directive (Directive 2012/29/EU) had to be transposed into Lithuanian national law by 15 November 2015.

This course seeks to improve law enforcement officers’ response to victims of crime through practical application of the Directive 2012/29/EU. We comprehensively present the Victims‘ Rights Directive and its victims protection standards, talk about the needs of the victims, their assessment and communication standards while questioning the victim or carrying out other procedural actions.

The training is intended for law enforcement officers, police officers, prosecutors, judges, lawyers and other experts, who work directly with victims of crime and their family members.

Expert reports

Human Rights Monitoring Institute has significant experience in drafting and presenting expert reports in both national and foreign courts. We offer the services of preparing expert reports on human rights issues such as, but no limited to, discrimination, harassment, hate speech, video surveillance, pre-trial detention and prison conditions.

Research and Publications

Human Rights Monitoring Institute conducts research on various human rights issues, legal regulation and practical implementation of human rights in Lithuania. Based on the research, HRMI drafts and publishes studies, reports and other publications.

HRMI’s publications.

Seminars and Lectures

Human Rights Monitoring Institute organizes and hosts lectures, seminars to present the human rights situation, the system of human rights institutions and their activities in Lithuania, as well as to discuss the actual implementation of human rights in the country.

Policy Briefings

HRMI participates in law-drafting process by providing legal comments and suggestions concerning the draft laws, as well as opinions on their compliance with the European Human Rights Convention or other international human rights documents and international standards.