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Lithuania - OPCAT Situation

Updated 07.08.2017

Lithuania adopted the law on OPCAT ratification at domestic level in December 2013 and designated its Parliamentary Ombudsperson's Office as NPM, through amendments to its Law, providing for additional functions of the Parliamentary Ombudsman that are necessary to become a national human rights institution as well as national preventive mechanism.

In January 2014, Lithuania deposited the instrument of ratification of the OPCAT with the United Nations in New York, becoming the 70th OPCAT State party. In January 2014, the amendments to the Law of the Parliamentary Ombudsman also entered into force.

The SPT member Mari Amos is the SPT Focal Point for Lithuania.

Opcat status
OPCAT Ratification January 20, 2014
UNCAT Ratification February 1, 1996
NPM Designated

Parliamentary Ombudsperson's Office (Seimas Ombudsmen's Office)

NPM Type

Ombuds Institution

NPM Legal Framework

Amendments to the Law of the Parliamentary Ombudsperson's Office (January 2014)

Law of the Parliamentary Ombudsperson's Office (as amended in May 2010)

Population 3 515 858
Area (sq km) 65 300
Number of prisons 15
Prison population 9 729
Quick links

Communication to the SPT: Official correspondence from Lithuania (30 January 2014)

UPR: Report of the Working Group (December 2011)

CAT: Concluding Observations (January 2009)

CPT: Report (Nov-Dec 2012) and latest visit in September 2016 (News Flash)