human rights institutions
There are a number of human rights institutions, which you can use to establish whether your human rights have been violated or not. There are both Lithuanian and international institutions.
Each of these institutions has very specific functions and they work on the basis of different laws or international agreements. It is important to understand that:
- International institutions can only be used if you have first tried all the national complaint mechanisms.
- You can only apply to the international institutions if national mechanisms have failed and a possible violation of your rights has not been properly investigated and compensated.
- International institutions will only assess whether there has been a violation of your human rights. They will not re-examine your court case or declare any decisions of the State invalid.