New standards to combat discrimination – changes in business, public sector and society

Project goal: To raise the level of general knowledge and awareness around the principles of equal opportunities and mitigation of discrimination in the workplace, under the Equal Opportunities legislation in the private and public sectors, as well as general civil society.

Time period 2017 04 05 – 2020 04 05
Office of the Equal Opportunities Ombudsperson
Partners Human Rights Monitoring Institute, Lithuanian Gay League
Project goals and tasks  

1. To raise competences of the public sector, business, and civil society representatives in the field of discrimination mitigation.

The aim is to improve general knowledge and raise awareness on the subject of reducing discrimination in the public, private, and civil sectors. The project’s target group includes present and future members of the labour market, trade union representatives, representatives of workplace dispute analysis institutions, human resource specialists, individuals in leading industry positions, employers, employer unions, non-governmental organizations (NGO), working in the field of equal opportunities and human rights protection. Interested individuals will have the opportunity to improve their knowledge utilizing online training courses, enterprises will be able to apply the knowledge of equal opportunities to their framework, NGO representatives will raise their competences in the fields of advocacy, communication, and fundraising.

2. To guarantee the ease of access to information for vulnerable groups. 

As Lithuania is integrating the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the access to information becomes an integral tool that is of the highest importance in order to ensure an individual’s abilities to, in a certain field, make informed decisions, and to understand the true will of individuals in key questions. Because there is no standard of access to information in a language approachable to everyone in Lithuania, discussions will be organized with customers, executive officials, and methodical recommendations will be presented on how to transfer a standard into the framework of public service providing institutions. The standard will be presented throughout the course, and an informational piece will be released with the recommendations.

3. To raise civil society’s knowledge on principles of non-discrimination.

The third project’s objective will be focused on regional Lithuania. During the project, informational events will be organized with at least 700 people, that will range from theatrical events, exhibitions, photographic competitions, and discussions. News publications will be ensured both in local and regional press, focusing on non-discrimination and diversity. General knowledge will also be raised on a national level. This campaign will be composed of two parts: 1) civil society is informed about the problem, 2) provision of tools in order to enable to solve problems related to discrimination. These activities will be mostly directed at general society, therefore, events will be open and participants will not be counted, though special events will be organized for at least 180 people.

Projektas vykdomas pagal 2014–2020 metų Europos Sąjungos fondų investicijų veiksmų programos, patvirtintos Europos Komisijos 2014 m. rugsėjo 8 d. sprendimu Nr. C(2014) 6397, 7 prioriteto „Kokybiško užimtumo ir dalyvavimo darbo rinkoje skatinimas“ įgyvendinimo priemonę Nr. 07.3.4-ESFA-V-426 „Diskriminacijos mažinimas“.


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Developing an EU Training Module for the Victims’ Directive

The primary objective of the project is the provision of training pursuant to Directive 2012/29/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 October 2012 establishing minimum standards on the rights, support and protection of victims of crime (hereinafter the “Victims’ Directive”), taking a human-rights’ based approach.

Period 1 September 2016 – 1 July 2018

Irish Council for Civil Liberties


Partners Human Rights Monitoring Institute (Lietuva), Bar Council of Ireland, Law Society of Ireland, APAV (Portugal), Peace Institute (Slovenia), Justice Department (Hungary), Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM) and Victim Support Europe (VSE).



1. Assessment of the training needs among judiciary and judicial staff

2. Development of training programme and training guide.  The training will cover: (1) victims’ needs; (2) EU Victims Directive; (3) interviewing child victims; (4) interviewing persons with disabilities; (5) interviewing victims with special protection needs.

3. Training sessions for judges, court staff and prosecutors (60 persons)

4. Development of an e-course based on the training programme using the e-learning environment 

5. International conference in Dublin to discuss the impact of the training.

The project is co-funded by the European Union Justice Programme


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Using e-Learning tools in NGO work (completed)

The project aims at strengthening HRMI’s financial independence and sustainability by creating a new product – elearning course on the legal (in)capacity reform in Lithuania

Project period  2016 05 01 – 2016 09 30
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On-line elearning course “Legal (in)capacity reform in Lithuania: the change of attitude and legal regulation” was developed and launched on the elearning platform The course consisted of six video lessons supplemented with reading materials and self-assessment tests.

To date, the course was attended by 58 social workers, lawyers, public servants and NGO activists.


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EU Data protection reform (completed)

The primary objective of the project is to assist in raising awareness on the major changes to the data protection landscape in Lithuania brought about by the General Data Protection Regulation, and to advance the understanding of a right to personal data as a fundamental human right and the civil society’s role in its protection

Project period 2016 06 01 – 2016 11 30
Partnership Lithuania, Kingdom of Norway
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HRMI released to reseach studies discussing perceptions of Lithuanian public towards the right to data protection and the readiness of Lithuanian business to implement the EU data protection reform.

“The Privacy Paradox: the Lithuanian Public’s Perceptions of Data Protection”. HRMI collaborated with “Spinter research” and carried out a representative survey of more than 1,000 Lithuanian residents in the July of 2016, asking about their understanding of the right to data protection, knowledge about the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and remedies available in case of the data violations (read the study)

“The Preparedness of Lithuanian Business to Implement GDPR”. To assess the prevailing attitudes about data protection among business entities, HRMI conducted an exploratory survey of 50 Lithuanian companies asking about their data processing practices and awareness of the upcoming legal changes (read the study).

The findings of the studies were discussed during the first in Lithuania Digital Rights Forum 2016.

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Ensuring Sustainable Organizational Development

The purpose of the project is to support HRMI, a partner of the European Liberties Platform, in order to strengthen its EU-oriented advocacy and communication capacies, as well as develop diversified fundraising avenues.

Project term 2015 07 01 – 2018 07 01
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1. We took part in two fundraising seminars, and organized over five individual consultations with fundraising experts. As a result, we developed a long-term result-oriented HRMI fundraising strategy

2. After extensive consultations with in-house and outside experts, we developed 2015-2017 HRMI strategic activity plan

3. Since 2015, to meet the growing demand, we started providing fee-based trainings and legal consultations in the area of human rights

4. We created and contributed to by editing over 1 000 posts on the multilangual civil liberties news portal 

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Human Rights e-Guide

The project’s aim is to inform and educate the individuals about their rights by developing a  user-friendly, jurisdiction-specific and simple to use online human rights self-help and education tool -Human Rights e-Guide.

Project period 2015 02 01 – 2017 12 31
Partnership Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia
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1. Online template of the e-Guide was created along with the thematic entries: “What are human rights“, “Human rights institutions“, “Data and Privacy“, “Courts and Fair trial“, “Arrest and Detention“, “Immigration and Asylum“.

2. In November 2015, an international conference on human rights education was organised in Latvia. Conference attracted more than a hundred participants from 6 countries.

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Human Rights in Lithuania 2013-2014: Overview (closed)

This projects focuses on the production of the “Human Rights Overview in Lithuania: 2013-2014” and aims at filling the gap of public human rights education by raising society‘s awareness on human rights situation in Lithuania, major challenges in the field and the most recent trends in human rights law and politics. Human Rights Overview has been launched in 2004 and up to date is the only publication of a kind in Lithuania.

Project period 2015 01 01 – 2015 07 01
Partnership Lithuania, Iceland
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1. We brought together 20 experts from various backgrounds, including sociology, criminology, law and others to conduct an independent analyses of a range of human rights isses in Lithuania: domestic violence, child protection, conditions of prisons, refugees and asylum seekers’ rights, rights of persons with disabilities, human trafficking, freedom of speech and freedom of religion, protection of privacy and others

2. We held a press conference  at the Lithuanian Parliament to present the Overview to the Lithuanian decision makers and met HE Dalia Grybauskaitė, the President of Lithuanian Republic to discuss the most pressing humanr rights concerns

3. Over 400 copies of the Overview were distributed to the regional libraries and educational institutions

4. Human Rights Overview became available in a convenient online format in English at

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