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PAKISTAN A Seminar on “Public Awareness and Launch of  New Website and Mobile App” held on 02.05.2019 at Aiwan-e-Sadr.

A Seminar on “Public Awareness and Launch of  New Website and Mobile App” was organised by Wafaqi Mohtasib(Federal Ombudsman Pakistan) Secretariat on 02.05.2019 at Aiwan-e-Sadr. The objective of the event was to increase outreach of the ombudsman Institution for the benefits of general public.  President, Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Dr Arif Alvi , while addressing the seminar, said that only those nations could achieve success, which stood against the oppression and injustices in the society, particularly against their destitute people.

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PAKISTAN President appreciates FTO’s role in resolving tax payers’ complaints

ISLAMABAD: Hon’ble President Dr Arif Alvi said that the Federal Tax Ombudsman (FTO) was playing an important role in resolving complaints of the people against the decisions of tax collecting authorities.
The President said this while talking to Federal Tax Ombudsman Mushtaq Ahmad Sukhera, who called on him on Ist April, 2019 at the Aiwan-i-Sadr to present the annual report (2018)

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AZERBAIJAN Azerbaijani Ombudsman participated in the International Symposium on family rights:

The Ombudsman participated and made presentation on the role of mediation in protection of family in the International Symposium on the right of protection of family, which was organized by the National Human Rights and Equality Institution of Turkey in Ankara.
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THAILAND Informal dialogue with Indonesian Ombudsman to establish ASEAN Ombudsman Forum

On 11 March 2019 the Thai Ombudsman, the Ombudsman of the Republik of Indonesia, and the Public Complaints Bureau of Malaysia, participated in an informal dialogue on the establishment of the ASEAN Ombudsman Forum (AOF), an initiative proposed by the Thai Ombudsman to bring together Ombudsman colleagues in member States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
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PAKISTAN Mr. Muhammad Kamran Shehzad administered Oath of Office of the Banking Ombudsman by the President of Islamic Republic of Pakistan on April 15, 2019

Mr. Muhammad Kamran Shehzad has assumed charge of the Office of the Banking Mohtasib on 16th April, 2019 for a period of four years in terms of Section 3 of the Federal Ombudsmen Institutional Reforms Act, 2013.Earlier, he was administered Oath of Office of the Banking Ombudsman by the President of Islamic Republic of Pakistan on April 15, 2019
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AZERBAIJAN Ombudsman meets with representatives of the Council of Europe:

The 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
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PAKISTAN   The 21st Meeting of Forum of Pakistan Ombudsman(FPO) Held on 8th April, 2019, at Karachi:

The 21st Meeting of Forum of Pakistan Ombudsman (FPO) was held on 8th April, 2019 at Marriott Hotel, Karachi which was chaired by the President of the Forum, Mr. Mushtaq Ahmad Sukhera, Federal Tax Ombudsman and coordinated by Mr. Abdul Khaliq, Secretary, FPO

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PAKISTAN Banking Mohtasib Pakistan presented Annual Report 2018 to the Governor, State Bank of Pakistan

Mr. Anisul Hassnain presented 14th Annual Report of Banking Mohtasib Office for the year ending December 31, 2018 to the Governor, State Bank of Pakistan on 27th March, 2019 as required under Section 82 G of the Banking Companies Ordinance (BCO), 1962.
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ARMENIA Director of mental health care centre strictly reprimanded based on Human Rights Defender’s findings

The director of the “Dzorak” mental health care centre has been strictly reprimanded by the Minister of Labor and Social Affairs for his improper performance. The reprimand was based on the shortcomings and violations recorded by the Human Rights Defender during a monitoring visit conducted in the mentioned centre.

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THAILAND Ombudsman and GIV to form bilateral MOU and the ASEAN Ombudsman Forum (AOF)

On 5 – 7 March 2019, a delegation from the Thai Ombudsman office, headed by Mr. Raksagecha Chaechai, Secretary-General, went on a working visit to Hanoi, Vietnam, and met with key officials of the Government Inspectorate of Vietnam (GIV), fellow Ombudsman colleague in another member State of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
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AZERBAIJAN Ombudsman continues public awareness on prevention of violence in the schools:

The Azerbaijani Ombudsman continues public awareness activities in the schools on gender equality and prevention of violence. In the event which was held at one of the schools of Baku city the specialized advisor of the Ombudsman spoke about the main directions of the activities in the field of gender equality and drew the attention of audience to the concerns on effective combating the violence.
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 Public Defender Nino Lomjaria

GEORGIA   ODIHR publishes opinion on draft law relating to appointment of Supreme Court judges:

Following the appeal of the Public Defender of Georgia, the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) published a legal opinion relating to the draft law on the appointment of Supreme Court judges on 17 April 2019.

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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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