Residents of Lithuania are unlikely to stand up for their rights that have been violated, shows the latest poll.
© DELFI / Šarūnas Mažeika

A survey of over 1,000 Lithuanian residents in Oct showed that discrimination of disabled and elderly people is the most visible in the country.

Some 19 percent of those polled said their rights had been violated in the past year, however, merely 7 percent of respondents turned to relevant institutions.

In a discussion held by the European Parliament's (EP) Information Bureau in Lithuania on Thursday, Karolis Liutkevičius, lawyer at the Human Rights Monitoring Institute, said the latter number was saddening and alarming.

"This is where we see a rather major problem – as compared with 2014, the situation improved considerably, however, a comparison with the situation four or six years ago, we see a rather sharp decline. We see inactivity and passiveness in terms of defending one's rights," said Liutkevičius.

In 2014, human rights violations were observed by 18 of people who were then surveyed, and 5 percent turned to certain institutions, while 18 percent of respondents in 2012 endured violations and the same number did something about it.

Speaking at the discussion dedicated to the International Human Rights Day celebrated on Dec. 10, Liutkevičius also said that Lithuanian respondents identified persons with mental disabilities as the most discriminated in the country (5.68 on the scale of 10), elderly people (5.4) and people with physical disabilities (5.21). Among the provided social groups, respondents also specified refugees – 5.02 points on the scale of 10.

"In this case, there is a clear correlation between the visibility of discrimination and actual discrimination (...), the opinion comes from examples respondents see in real life," said the specialist at the Human Rights Monitoring Institute.

The survey of 1,002 respondents between ages of 18 and 75 was conducted by the institute in cooperation with Spinter Tyrimai (Spinter Surveys) pollster on Oct. 18-26.

Leave a comment
or for anonymous commenting click here
By posting, you agree to terms
Read comments Read comments

Doctors appeal to the public for help due to critically low blood supply

The Blood Centre of the Vilnius University Hospital, Santaros klinikos, lacks A positive blood group...

Can a Christmas tree send a social message? It can in Vilnius

A Christmas tree unveiled in Vilnius this week looks nothing like the shiny decorated trees usually...

Road safety in BSR – Vision Zero for sustainable changes

The conference “Vision Zero for Sustainable Road Safety in the Baltic Sea Region”, held in Vilnius...

Brewers’ experiments with unexpected tastes and aromas surprise people

More and more people are aware that beer has more properties than light or dark color. Brewers are...

Our throwaway culture and how to save our children from it

Christmas is one of the most wasteful times of the year. There is no better way to spend your...