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6th National Forum on Human Rights to be held on the eve of the Human Rights Day

On December 8th, Friday, the public is invited to attend the 6th National Forum on Human Rights (NFHR), which will be held at the Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania. The annual event unites various social groups and provides a platform for different voices in order to ensure better quality of life for all residents …

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Analytical study: the situation of migrants and asylum seekers in Lithuania

When the so-called migration crisis hit Lithuania in 2021, it became clear that Lithuania was unprepared for the challenge of the migration phenomenon in various senses, both in the short and the long term. While attempts are still being made to paint the migrant crisis as a “well-managed hybrid attack crisis”, it is important to …

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Legal regulation on assistance dogs in EU and Lithuania

Assistance dogs are making a profound difference in the lives of individuals with disabilities, providing both friendship and practical assistance. These remarkable canine companions are specially trained to aid people with various disabilities, including visual impairments, mobility challenges, and even emotional support needs. One of the most common types of assistance dogs is the guide …

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HRMI Director Dainius Pūras: “I wonder if we will be able to keep Universal Human Rights in Lithuania”

“I am a person who wears more than one “hat”: what I fail to do as an academic, I try to achieve by working with non-governmental organisations,” says Prof. Dainius Pūras, Director of the Human Rights Monitoring Institute and one of the co-founders. Other D. Pūras activities include teaching at Vilnius University, working as a …

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Human Rights Monitoring Institute submits an alternative report to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child

The Human Rights Monitoring Institute has submitted an alternative report to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child. The report draws attention to Lithuania’s situation in the light of Article 19 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, which provides for the protection of the child from all …

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The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child refers for the first time an individual complaint to the Government in S.R.H.P. and A.O.C.H. v. Lithuania

In 2022, Lithuania ratified the Optional Protocol to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child on a communications procedure. This legislation has enabled an individual complaint procedure, which gives children the opportunity to complain to the United Nations when their rights are violated and the legal system of the country where the …

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Case L. v. Lithuania is still in its starting point after 15 years

On 19-21 September the meeting of vice-ministers of the Committee of Ministers discussed issues related to the enforcement of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights. The vice-ministers of the Committee of Ministers took note of the implementation of the L. v. Lithuania case and expressed their deep concern that, more than 15 years …

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Lithuania is failing to meet its obligations to transgender people

Transgender people’s rights under EU law are protected in 4 areas: access to and supply of goods and services, access to employment and social security, crime victims’ rights, and right to request asylum.1 However, Lithuania is failing to meet its obligations to transgender people. Indeed, there are administrative and judicial processes for changing personal names …

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Mental Health 2030 Coalition’s proposals for mental health services

10 October is celebrated as World Mental Health Day. To mark this occasion, the Mental Health 2030 Coalition has prepared and submitted proposals to the Lithuanian authorities calling for fundamental changes in mental health care. This is not the first time that a coalition of NGOs and individual expert members has stressed the need for …

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HRMI founder Henrikas Mickevičius: With political and civil rights established in Lithuania, it is time to focus on new human rights issues

On 30 September 2023, The Human Rights Monitoring Institute celebrated its 20th anniversary. Henrikas Mickevičius, one of the founders of the HRMI, a lawyer, an expert in European Union law and human rights, and a former member of the United Nations Working Group on Abductions and Enforced Disappearances, explains how the Institute was born, what …

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