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PAKISTAN Wafaqi Mohtasib presents annual report 2018

The Honourable Wafaqi Mohtasib called on the Honourable President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Dr. Arif Alvi at Aiwan-e-Sadr, Islamabad on Monday, Ist. April 2019, and presented the Annual Report of the institution for the year 2018.
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 Public Defender Nino Lomjaria

GEORGIA   Public Defender presents report on situation of human rights and freedoms:

On 30 March 2019, the Public Defender of Georgia submitted a report on the situation of human rights and freedoms in Georgia to the Parliament. On April 2, the Public Defender presented the annual report to the public. The 448-page report, mainly covers the year of 2018, but also analyses problems that emerged in the earlier period and continued during the reporting period as well.

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 Ms-Winnie Chiu Wai-Yin, AOA Secretary

HONG KONG-SAR CHINA  New Ombudsman of Hong Kong takes office:

On 1 April 2019 Ms Winnie Chiu Wai-Yin has taken office as the new Ombudsman of Hong Kong. Ms Chiu follows former Hong Kong Ombudsman Connie Lau, who completed her term on 31 March 2019.
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PAKISTAN Ombudsman Directs to Set Up E-Pension System. E-Pension System Should Also Be Replicated in Provinces

Syed Tahir Shahbaz, the Federal Ombudsman, has directed the Controller General of Accounts and AGPR to set up an E-Pension System at an early date and connect all federal government departments with it. He also directed the representatives of ministries and departments to initiate pension cases 15 months prior to the date of superannuation of an employee. He chaired a high level meeting to simplify the pension system through automation in the federal government departments.
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THAILAND Thai Ombudsman visits ACRC Korea for MoU implementation

During 15 – 19 March 2019, the Thai Ombudsman delegation visited the Republic of Korea to implement a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on bilateral cooperation between the Thai Ombudsman and the Anti-Corruption and Civil Rights Commission (ACRC) of Korea.
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AZERBAIJAN Ombudsman actively advocates for recognition of normative basis of reproductive health and rights

Azerbaijani Ombudsman’s Office has been cooperating with the UNFPA Azerbaijan from the beginning of its establishment. In 2015, in the frame of this cooperation it was started to assess the country’s progress in implementing treaty body recommendations on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR).
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Elmira Suleymanova,
Commissioner for Human Rights (Ombudsman) Azerbaijan

AZERBAIJAN Ombudsman met with the representatives of the CoE

Azerbaijani Ombudsman met with Mr. Menno Ettema, program manager, anti-discrimination department of CoE and Anca Sandescu, project manager, capacity building and co-operation projects unit, gender equality division of CoE at the Office of the Ombudsman. The aim of the meeting was to discuss the partnership for Good Governance.
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Ms-Connie-Lau, AOA Secretary

HONG KONG-SAR CHINA  Letter of thanks from AOA Secretary on her retirement from the  post of Ombudsman on 31st March, 2019:

Honourable Ms. Connie Lau, Ombudsman of Hong Kong and Secretary of Asian Ombudsman Association(AOA) issues letter of thanks to the President, Executive Secretary and Fellow Members on her retirement.
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Hong Kong Ombudsman Ms Winnie Chiu Wai-yin 

HONG KONG-SAR CHINA   Appointment of New Ombudsman on 1.4.2019:

Ms Winnie Chiu Wai-yin starts her term of five years as the Ombudsman of Hong Kong commencing from April 1, 2019. The appointment is made by the Chief Executive of the Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China in accordance with The Ombudsman Ordinance (Cap 397).

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Elmira Suleymanova,
Commissioner for Human Rights (Ombudsman) Azerbaijan

AZERBAIJAN Helsinki Conference on impacts of artificial intelligence on human rights, democracy and the rule of law

A high-level conference on the topic of “Impacts of artificial intelligence development on human rights, democracy and the rule of law” was held from February 26-27, 2019, in Helsinki, Finland. The conference was organized by the Finnish government and Council of Europe (CoE) within the framework of the Finnish Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers.
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Hong Kong Ombudsman Ms-Connie-Lau-presenting-the-results-of-two-direct-investigations

HONG KONG-SAR CHINA-   Hong Kong Ombudsman announces results of direct investigation reports:

Press Conference – The Ombudsman announces two direct investigations reports on “Government’s Follow-up Mechanism Regarding Psychological Health Assessment of School Children” and “Marine Department’s Arrangements for Private Vessel Moorings”.

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AZERBAIJAN The next Presidential Order on Pardoning was executed

Upon investigating the appeals addressed by a number of convicts, human rights organizations and the Ombudsman 431 convicts including 35 women and 14 foreigners were pardoned by the Order, of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, dated March 16, 2019.
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HE Muhannad Hijazi as Chairman of the Integrity and Anti-corruption Commission Jordon

JORDON New Chairperson appointed:

A Royal Decree was issued on 5 March 2019 appointing HE Muhannad Hijazi as Chairman of the Integrity and Anti-corruption Commission to succeed HE Mohammed Al Allaf.

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AZERBAIJAN An event on “Child rights: Equal opportunities” was held by the initiative of the Azerbaijani Ombudsman

An event on “Child rights: Equal opportunities” was held by the Ombudsman Institution jointly with Goygol District Executive Power in the Gizilja village school. The issue of effective education and upbringing of the children for the future was highlighted during the event.
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ARMENIA Ombudsman detects illegal deprivation of liberty in psychiatric institution – criminal case initiated

Based on the materials prepared on the basis of the decision of the Human Rights Defender on violation of human rights, the Police initiated a criminal case on illegally keeping a person in a psychiatric hospital.

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AZERBAIJAN Ombudsman’s report heard in Parliament

On the 5th of March the Azerbaijani Ombudsman’s Annual Report for the year of 2018 was heard at the Parliament. During the hearing the Ombudsman summarized the annual activities on restoration of the violated rights, public awareness, international cooperation and protection of the rights of all strata of the society.
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TATARSTAN    Tatarstan Ombudsman organized another lesson of legal knowledge school

Since 2011, the Commissioner for Human Rights in the Republic of Tatarstan has been conducting a course of the School of Legal Knowledge in cooperation with the Union of Pensioners of Russia in the Republic of Tatarstan.;

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AZERBAIJAN The Azerbaijani Ombudsman attaches great importance to the promotion of inclusive education in the country

The representative of Azerbaijan Ombudsman Institution took part at the Consultative meeting on Analysis of the inclusive education policy in Azerbaijan which was held by the “Regional Development” Public Union of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation within the framework of the project named “Improvement of the teachers’ skills in the field of inclusive education” implemented with the support of the European Union.
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Hong Kong Ombudsman Ms Connie Lau 

CHINA-HONG KONG   Stop passing the buck on complaints, Hong Kong Ombudsman tells government departments and office of Ombudsman-positive complaint culture for better administration:

Stop passing the buck on complaints, Hong Kong Ombudsman tells government departments

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office of Ombudsman-positive complaint culture for better administration

 
 

ARMENIA Constitutional Court recognized automatic deprivation of means of communication in disciplinary cells unconstitutional:

The Constitutional Court recognized unconstitutional the legal regulations stating the automatic (by default) deprivation of the contact with outside world of detainees and convicted persons transferred to the disciplinary cell, based on the application submitted by the Human Rights Defender. The Court stated June 5, 2019 as a deadline for the National Assembly and the Government, giving a possibility to correspond the challenged provisions to the requirements of the decision, otherwise they will be declared repealed.

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Hong Kong Ombudsman Ms Connie Lau 

CHINA-HONG KONG   Ombudsman Hong Kong announces results of two direct investigations:

On 19 February 2019, Hong Kong Ombudsman Connie Lau announced the completion of two direct investigations, namely “Government’s support for non-Chinese speaking students” and “Government’s handling of two trees in front of Tang Chi Ngong Building of University of Hong Kong”.:

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IRAN    The President of GIO Mr. Justice Naser SERAJ, participated at the 10th Annual Conference of the International Association of Anti-corruption Authorities

The President of the General Inspection Organization (the GIO) of Islamic Republic of IRAN, Justice Naser SERAJ, participated at the 10th Annual Conference of the International Association of Anti-corruption Authorities , which took place in Vienna (Austria), from 22 – 24 January 2019; he held meetings with key figures international ombudsman institutions:
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ARMENIA Human Rights Defender reports on monitoring visit to “Dzorak” mental health care center:

Out of date food, expired medications and medical supplies, overcrowding and other gross breaches. The Human Rights Defender has summed up the results of the monitoring visit to “Dzorak” mental health care center of the RA Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs.

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AZERBAIJAN National Preventive Group of the Ombudsman visited the prison

Members of the National Preventive Group (NPG) against Torture of the Ombudsman of Azerbaijan visited the prison in Gobustan under the Penitentiary Service of the Ministry of Justice.
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TATARSTAN    The Commissioner for human rights in the Republic of Tatarstan presented annual Report at a meeting of the State Council

In the Annual Report, the Commissioner for Human Rights in the Republic  addressed the issues of violations of labor and housing rights, the right to health care and medical care, the right to education. 

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Sri Linka   The President of Sri Linka has appointed Mr. Justice Kankani Tantri Chitrasiri as Ombudsman of (Parliamentary Commissioner for administration) of Sri Lanka

His Excellency the President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka has appointed Mr. Justice Kankani Tantri Chitrasiri  as the Ombudsman (Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration) of Sri Lanka in place of Mr.L.A.T. Ekanayake who retired on 23rd of January 2019.
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AZERBAIJAN Ombudsman encourages young people to be more active in decision making process

The 2nd of February is nationally celebrated as Youth day in Azerbaijan according to the Decree signed by the President, Haydar Aliyev in 1997. Since that day, each year numerous events are conducted in the country where the young people actively participate. On this occasion by the initiative of Azerbaijani Ombudsman many events were organized in different regions of the country with participation of the young people.
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TATARSTAN    The audit on the complaint on the violation of the right in educational institution

The working group of the Commissioner for Human Rights in the Republic of Tatarstan checked the circumstances described in the complaint of the citizen. The audit found that the primary school teacher, the class teacher of the applicant’s son, indeed allowed a lack of control over the balance of the student’s school meal card, and therefore the latter was deprived of the necessary food during the day.
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AZERBAIJAN   An event on “Child rights: Equal opportunities” was held by the initiative of the Azerbaijani Ombudsman

An event on “Child rights: Equal opportunities” was held by the Ombudsman Institution jointly with Goygol District Executive Power in the Gizilja village school. The issue of effective education and upbringing of the children for the future was highlighted during the event. The Head of the Ganja Regional Center of the Ombudsman has given broad information about the activities of the Ombudsman in the field of protection and promotion of child rights and also the Convention on the Rights of Child adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1989, as well as the Law of the Republic of Azerbaijan on Child Rights. He emphasized the importance of combating violence against children.
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Hong Kong Ombudsman Ms Connie Lau 

CHINA-HONG KONG   Ombudsman Hong Kong published Brief Report 2018:

The Ombudsman of Hong Kong, Ms Connie Lau, published the Office of The Ombudsman’s Brief Report 2018 on 31 January. The Office received a total of 10,130 enquiries and 4,870 complaints in 2018. The figures were at similar levels to those in the past few years, with an average of 850 enquiries and 400 complaints per month.:

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AZERBAIJAN We all have the same rights: working with the persons with disabilities

The Ombudsman of Azerbaijan (NHRI) pays important attention to the protection of the rights of persons with disabilities and conducts on a regular basis different events on protection of the rights of persons with disabilities, works with the children in specialized facilities for down, autism and other syndromes and sends recommendations to the relevant state bodies.

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ARMENIA Human Rights Defender publishes ad hoc reports:

The Human Rights Defender of Armenia has published four thematic ad hoc reports as well as a guide on the media coverage of child related issues. The reports, which have partly been drafted with the support of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Armenia and Georgia, show the recent priorities of the Ombudsman of Armenia.

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TATARSTAN South Ural Ombudsman and the Commissioner in TATARSTAN signed a cooperation agreement

The Commissioner for Human Rights of Chelyabinsk region Margarita Pavlova and the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Republic of Tatarstan Sariya Saburskaya agreed on cooperation

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