Religious Teacher Discriminated Gay People in Class
On 13th of June, 2017 Agneta Skardžiuvienė, Equal Opportunities Ombudsperson of the Republic of Lithuania, found that Telšiai Žemaitė Gymnasium violated the Law on Equal Treatment of the Republic of Lithuania by not ensuring the absence of discrimination and material promoting discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation in its curriculum. It has been confirmed that one of the school’s teachers, during a moral (religious) studies class, gave information that degraded gay individuals, promoting a negative attitude toward them and encouraging discrimination.
Study Visit of Employees of the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights Institution in Lithuania
On the 5th of April, 2017 employees of Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner’s for Human Rights Apparatus visited the Office of the Equal Opportunities Ombudsperson. The Ombudsperson and lawyers of the Office introduced the guests to various activities of the institution: investigations on the grounds of discrimination as well as its preventive and educational work.
National Equality and Diversity Awards Presented at the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania
On the 29th of March, 2017 during a gala at the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania individuals and organisations were awarded for their work and initiatives in human rights field last year.
Respect for Every Human Being – Fundamental Mission of Human Rights Officers
On December 7th, 2016 The Office of Equal Opportunities Ombudsperson together with the other Lithuanian institutions fighting for human rights and the Committee of Human Rights of Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania have organised the conference “Respect for every human being: human rights’ achievements and challenges in Lithuania” in order to commemorate The International Human Rights Day. It was the first time that all the officials, defending human rights, met together to present their activities and priorities.
Visit of the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights
It was an honor for the Office of the Equal Opportunities Ombudsperson to have the Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muižnieks as a visitor. The Commissioner received an overview of the Office's expertise, the main issues and the key challenges.