Author name: Miglė Baltrūnaitė

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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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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HRMI together with the Lithuanian Centre for Human Rights implements EIN project on the right to freedom of expression

We are thrilled to announce our cooperation with the European Implementation Network (EIN) in their new project focused on safeguarding freedom of expression in the Council of Europe member States. As a participant to this project, we are dedicated to promoting this fundamental right and the effective implementation of the relevant judgments of the European …

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Ruling of the Supreme Administrative Court: the Migration Department unreasonably failed to assess the circumstances presented by the applicant and failed to comply with the rules ensuring the objective reasonableness of the decision

On August 23, 2023 The Vilnius Regional Administrative Court ruled to annul the letter of the Migration Department and ordered the Migration Department to re-examine the applicant’s application. The Court found that the Migration Department had not complied with the rules which should have ensured an objective assessment of all the circumstances and the validity …

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Human Rights Monitoring Institute (HRMI) presents its conclusions on the draft Law on the Legal Status of Foreigners

The Human Rights Monitoring Institute has submitted conclusions to the Human Rights Committee of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania on the draft Law on the Legal Status of Foreigners. The Constitutional Court of the Republic of Lithuania has recognised that the provisions of the Law on the Legal Status of Foreigners regulating the …

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The Ombudsperson for Child’s rights made recommendations on ensuring the rights of unaccompanied foreign minors travelling through Lithuania

This April, the Office of the Ombudsperson for Child’s rights received a report on a possible violation of the rights of a refugee child. The information received indicated that a group of five Syrian nationals, including an unaccompanied minor, have been detained for a week at the State Border Guard post. Their phones were taken …

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Ruling of the Vilnius Regional Administrative Court: the Migration Department unlawfully and unjustifiably refused to examine an asylum application

The Vilnius Regional Administrative Court in case No. el3-9170-1161/2023 stated that the provisions of the legislation regulating the time limits for examination of asylum applications are imperative, therefore, they do not give the right to the Migration Department to decide on the extension of the time limit for application. The applicant left his country of …

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