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The European Parliament approves a wide-ranging reform of the European Union’s migration and asylum policy

The new reform is presented as early as 2020. September. – It aims to integrate all areas of migration management into a coherent framework. The reform is based on the principle of binding solidarity, which encourages all countries, regardless of size or geographical location, to help the Southern European countries to cope with the large …

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Liberties’ annual Rule of Law Report on the European Union is published

The fifth annual report on the state of the rule of law in the European Union is published byLiberties, the European Union for Civil Liberties – the most comprehensive report on the rule of law in the EU to date from the civil society network. The report, prepared by the Human Rights Monitoring Institute together …

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Litigation concerning the pushback policy of migrants and the restrictions of their liberty implemented in the Republic of Lithuania

The Siena Group has requested the Prosecutor General to open a pre-trial investigation into the abuse (under Article 229 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Lithuania) and serious injury to health (Article 135(1) of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Lithuania) of Lithuanian and Latvian officials and/or other articles of the Criminal …

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Advocacy for the Rights of Migrants and Asylum Seekers in Lithuania and the EU: Persistent Issues and New Electoral Winds

Authors: L. Vosyliūtė and M. Jockus On Monday, a team from the Human Rights Monitoring Institute, together with Heartwarmingly and representatives from ten non-governmental organisations, international organisations and state institutions working in the fields of refugees, migration, human rights and the promotion of diversity, met for a meeting on strategic cooperation in the field of …

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United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child comments and makes recommendations on the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child

On February 8, 2024 the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child publishes its concluding observations for the 95th session. These observations covered areas of concern, recommendations for the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and positive aspects. The Committee welcomed the amendments to the Framework Law on the …

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HRMI, together with other organisations, has submitted a position on the implementation of the Macatė case

The Human Rights Monitoring Institute, together with the Lithuanian Centre for Human Rights, the Lithuanian Gay League and ILGA Europe, has submitted a position paper to the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on the implementation of the decision of the European Court of Human Rights in the case of Macatė v. Lithuania. …

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Launching a project “Global Immigration Detention Observatory”

The project promotes cooperation between the Global Detention Project, a non-governmental organisation working to end arbitrary and harmful detention practices related to migration, and other partner organisations, researchers and human rights practitioners from many countries around the world, with the primary aim of promoting immigration detention reforms through rigorous research, data collection, analysis and reporting. …

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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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