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TIMORE LESTE    PDHJ hosted 2nd Technical Working Group of the South East Asian NHRIs Forum

The office of the Provedor for Human Rights and Justice of Timor-Leste hosted the 2nd Techincal Working Group Meeting of the South East Asia National Human Right Institutions Forum (SEANF) from 23 – 25 July 2019. SEANF is a Forum of National Human Rights Institutions from Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand and Timor-Leste.

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AZERBAIJAN  Preparatory campaign for “Cairo+25” Conference launched

Preparatory campaign for the forthcoming Cairo+25 Conference to be held in Nairobi, Kenya launched by the initiative of the Ombudsman in the country. In this regard, the Ombudsman has organized regional conferences in Lankaran, Sheki, Ganja and Guba districts, by involving surrounding 35 cities and rayons, jointly with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

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Hong Kong Ombudsman Ms Winnie Chiu Wai-yin
 

 

HONG KONG-CHINA  Ombudsman Hong Kong announces direct investigation on implementation of Mandatory Window Inspection Schemes

The Ombudsman, Ms Winnie Chiu, today (14 August) announced the completion of a direct investigation by the Office of The Ombudsman on the Buildings Department (BD)’s implementation of the Mandatory Window Inspection Scheme.

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AZERBAIJAN  Ombudsman Institution of Azerbaijan closely cooperates with National Human Rights Commission of Korea

Azerbaijani Ombudsman closely cooperates with National Human Rights Commission of Korea and Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) for capacity building of the staff. This year, for the second time one of the staff members of the Ombudsman Institution participated in “Capacity Building for Human Rights Policy” training program jointly organized by Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and National Human Rights Commission of Korea (NHRCK) on 4-17 July 2019, in Seul and Seongnam, South Korea.

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HONG KONG-CHINA  Ombudsman probes Leisure and Cultural Services Department’s arrangements for depositing layout plans of public pleasure grounds in Land Registry

The Ombudsman, Ms Winnie Chiu, announced on 13th August,2019 a direct investigation to examine the arrangements of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) for depositing layout plans of public pleasure grounds in the Land Registry (LR)

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ASIAN OMBUDSMAN ASSOCIATION(AOA)   THE OMBUDSMAN INSTITUTION OF THE REPUBLIC OF TURKEY WILL HOST THE “2nd ISTANBUL INTERNATIONAL OMBUDSMAN CONFERENCE “

“2nd Istanbul International Ombudsman Conference” alongwith the General Assembly and Board of Directors Meetings of Asian Ombudsman Association(AOA) & OIC Ombudsman Association(OICOA), will be hosted by the Ombudsman Institution of the Republic of Turkey in the third week of Novermber, 2019 in Istanbul, Turkey.The details about the conference, program etc. will be shared with all the members soon.

 
 
 

AZERBAIJAN  OMBUDSMAN RECEİVED THE CoE COMMİSSİONER FOR HUMAN RİGHTS

The Commissioner for Human Rights (Ombudsman) Elmira Suleymanova received the delegation headed by Dunja Mijatović, the CoE Commissioner for Human Rights.In the meeting, complex measures implemented after Azerbaijan became CoE member, its effective bilateral cooperation with the CoE and joint projects were discussed.

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Mr Werner Amon, Secretary General of IOI

International Ombudsman Institute(IOI)   Inaugural Address of Newly Appointed Secretary General of IOI

In his inaugural address to members of IOI  Mr. Werner Amon after his new appointed as Secretary General of the International Ombudsman Institute(IOI), said “He follows former IOI Secretary General Günther Kräuter who has managed the IOI for the last six years with full dedication and commitment. Mr. Kräuter was instrumental in the development of new and successful training formats and helped further raise the awareness of the IOI in the international community. We are glad that he agreed to stay on as IOI consultant until the 12th IOI World Conference in May 2020.We would like to thank Günther Kräuter for his immense contribution and hard work over the past years and warmly welcome his successor to the IOI family.”

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Hong Kong Ombudsman Ms Winnie Chiu Wai-yin

 

HONG KONG-CHINA  Ombudsman Hong Kong probes utilisation of low-charge hospital beds in private hospitals

The Hong Kong Ombudsman, Ms Winnie Chiu, announced a direct investigation to examine the Government’s work in monitoring and promoting the utilisation of low-charge hospital beds in private hospitals and identify areas for improvement, if any.

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Mr.Shiraiwa Suguru, DG , AEB,MIC, Japan 

JAPAN    Mr.Shiraiwa Suguru is appointed as Director General of AEB MIC Japan

Mr.Shiraiwa Suguru has taken charge of Director General of Administrative Evaluation Bureau(AEB), Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communication(MIC) on 05th July, 2019. He has worked as Deputy Director General of AEB, MIC Japan.

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Hong Kong Ombudsman Ms Winnie Chiu Wai-yinAnnual Report 2018-19

 

HONG KONG-CHINA  Ombudsman of Hong Kong presented 2018-19 Annual Report to the public

The Hong Kong Ombudsman, Ms Winnie Chiu, presented to the public today (25 July) the 2018-19 Annual Report of the Office of The Ombudsman. The Office of The Ombudsman (the Office) received 4,991 complaints in 2018-19, slightly higher than the previous year’s figure. Among the complaints received, 205 were concluded by way of full investigation, of which 58 (28.3%) were substantiated or partially substantiated, similar to previous year’s figure of 26.2%.

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PAKISTAN-Federal Ombudsman   New edition of News Bulletin for April-June, 2019 issued

Federal Ombudsman of Pakistan have issued the  new edition of News Bulletin for April-June, 2019, containing the events and activities of Federal ombudsman of Pakistan

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Mr Werner Amon, Secretary General of IOI

International Ombudsman Institute(IOI)   New IOI Secretary General appointed

On 1 July 2019 Werner Amon took office as new Austrian Ombudsman and was appointed Secretary General of the International Ombudsman Institute (IOI).

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 Public Defender Nino Lomjaria

GEORGIA   Public Defender of Georgia examines alleged abuse of power by employees of the Ministry of Internal Affairs

On 2 July 2019, the Public Defender of Georgia’s Office started to study the criminal case (#074220619801) of alleged abuse of power by the employees of the Ministry of Internal Affairs on 20-21 June 2019 (investigation of the June 20-21 developments).

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ARMENIA The Human Rights Defender and civil society will prepare special submission on the execution of ECHR judgments

A discussion took place at the Human Rights Defender’s Office on special submissions presented within the framework of Rule 9 of the Rules of the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers’ supervision of the execution of judgments.

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Forum of Pakistan Ombudsman(FPO) The 22nd Meeting of Forum of Pakistan Ombudsman Held on 21st June, 2019, at PC Hotel, Bhurban Murree:

The 22nd Meeting of Forum of Pakistan Ombudsman (FPO) was held on 21st June, 2019 at PC Hotel, Bhurban Murree, which was chaired by the Hon’ble Wafaqi Mohtasib, Mr. Tahir Shahbaz, and coordinated by Mr. Abdul Khaliq, Secretary FPO.

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AZERBAIJAN The delegation of the CoE was received at the Ombudsman Office

A meeting was held at the Ombudsman Office of Azerbaijani Ombudsman with the delegation of the Council of Europe headed by Naomi Trewinnard, senior project officer on “End Online Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse @ Europe”, in the frame of fact finding visit to Azerbaijan.

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ARMENIA UPR recommendations on Armenia discussed from human rights perspective in public hearings

On April 5th, a public hearing on the “National Human Rights agenda: UN Universal Periodic Review” was held in the National Assembly of Armenia with the participation of the Human Rights Defender of Armenia and civil society organizations, representatives of public authorities, media, diplomatic missions and international organizations.

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AZERBAIJAN Ombudsman encourages youth for protection of the environment.

Azerbaijan Child and Peace Network (ACYPN) and the Resource Center of the Ombudsman on Child Rights held an event on the occasion of 5 June- World Environment Day as previous years. The aim of the event was to educate children in the spirit love to the environment, efficient use of our natural resources, shaping their ecological consciousness, also preservation of biological diversity.

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Hong Kong Ombudsman Ms Winnie Chiu Wai-yin 

HONG KONG-CHINA   Ombudsman probes Food and Environmental Hygiene Department’s monitoring of outsourced street cleansing services and Government’s management of public toilets

The Ombudsman, Ms Winnie Chiu, today (15 May) announced two direct investigations to examine: (1) the monitoring of outsourced street cleansing services by the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD); and (2) the Government’s management of public toilets.

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AZERBAIJAN XVI Baku International Conference of Ombudsmen was held.

The next Baku International Conference of Ombudsmen was held on “Role of Ombudsmen in Achieving Just Peace and Sustainable Development Goals” by the Ombudsman Institution of Azerbaijan with support of the National Commission of the Republic of Azerbaijan for UNESCO on 18-19 June 2019.

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Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (Pakistan) Appoinment of Provincial Ombudsperson for Protection Against Harassment of Women at the Workplace

Hon’ble Ombudsperson Ms. Rukhshanda Naz has been appointed as Provincial Ombudsperson for Protection Against Harassment of Women at the Workplace, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (Pakistan). It is a great initiative towards addressing harassment of women cases in the Province. She has been a known Human Rights and Women Rights activist in Pakistan.
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AZERBAIJAN Azerbaijani Ombudsman’s representative as a member of the ENNHRI’s Working Group participated at the group’s next meeting

The senior advisor of the Ombudsman Institution participated at the ENNHRI’s WG meeting on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, as a member of the group, in Brussels, Belgium on May 14, 2019. More than 20 representatives of the states and several European organizations attended the event.
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Provincial Ombudsman Sindh Police department clear service dues of the retired senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) ont the orders of Mr. Asad Ashraf Malik, Ombudsman Sindh.

Mr. Abdul Sattar Detho, a retired Superintendent of Sindh Police approached the Provincial Ombudsman Sindh, Mr. Asad Ashraf Malik with the complaint that he retired from government service more than thirteen years ago but still his G.P. Fund was outstanding against the Department and the department was delaying the matter on flimsy grounds. Consequently he was facing great financial hardship.
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AZERBAIJAN Azerbaijani Ombudsman participated at international scientific-practical conference in Dushanbe

The Azerbaijani Ombudsman participated in an international scientific practical conference on the topic of “The Commissioner for Human Rights in the Republic of Tajikistan: achievements and perspectives” organized by the Commissioner for Human Rights of Tajikistan in Dushanbe.
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ARMENIA Ad hoc public reports of the Human Rights Defender

The Human Rights Defender of the Republic of Armenia published two ad hoc reports and a concept note in the capacity of the National Preventive Mechanism (NPM).

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AZERBAIJAN Azerbaijani Ombudsman held a range of events on child rights

On the occasion of the June 1-International Day for Protection of Children the Ombudsman held series of events and met with children in the Rehabilitation Center for Persons with Down syndrome within the Human Rights Month and expressed her best wishes to them.
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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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