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THAILAND Thai Ombudsman visits colleagues in Australia and New Zealand

From 30 August to 8 September 2019 Chief Ombudsman of Thailand and IOI Treasurer Mr. Viddhavat Rajatanun led a delegation consisting of Ombudsman Boon Tapanadul, Ombudsman Somsak Suwansujarit, Secretary-General Raksagecha Chaechai, and staff from the office of the Ombudsman Thailand (OMT), to Perth, Western Australia and Wellington New Zealand.

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AZERBAIJAN   The Chief of Azerbaijan Ombudsman Office participated in the OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting in Warsaw

The Chief of Azerbaijan Ombudsman Office, Mr. Aydin Safikhanli spoke about human rights reforms in Azerbaijan, national action programs and strategies, increased social wellbeing and the activity of the Azerbaijani Ombudsman in the field of human rights protection and promotion at the OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting held on 16-27 September in Warsaw, Poland. He mentioned the National Action Plan on Eliminating and Combating Domestic Violence in Azerbaijan for 2019-2023, the National Action Plan on Gender Equality for 2019-2024, Azerbaijan National Strategy for Children for 2019-2029.

 

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ARMENIA Human Rights Defender’s statement concerning letters sent to news websites

The competent representative of the RA Investigative Committee gave public clarification that the RA Investigative Committee had sent official letters to the editorial administration of Armlur.am and Hayeli.am news websites with regard to the criminal proceeding initiated into circumstances of the former head of the RA Police Hayk Harutyunyan’s death.

 
 
 

AZERBAIJAN  Combating discrimination takes important place in the activities of Azerbaijani Ombudsman

Ombudsman organizes regular meetings and public awareness campaigns with different groups of population including minorities, local and religious communities in different regions of the country, learning their problems and taking necessary measures in resolving them said Zaur Valimammadli, the chief of the international relations department of the Ombudsman Institution, at the High-Level Conference devoted to the 25th anniversary of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) in Paris, France. He emphasized the importance of public awareness for identification of hate speech or discrimination cases. He also mentioned that the Ombudsman closely cooperates with international organizations for bringing national legislation in line with international law and standards in effective combating discrimination, hate speech and intolerance. With this purpose Azerbaijani Ombudsman joined the CoE/EU Good Governance Partnership regional project “Strenghening the access to justice through non-judicial redress mechanisms for victims of discrimination, hate crime and hate speech in Eastern Partnership countries”.

 

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TATARSTAN    Sariya Saburskaya held the School of legal knowledge for conscripts

The classes of the School of Legal Knowledge for draftees and their parents, which we hold together with the Military Commissioner, contribute to the formation of future draftees of a true and objective view of the service.

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AZERBAIJAN   Combating discrimination takes important place in the activities of the Ombudsman

The Azerbaijani Ombudsman organizes regular meetings and public awareness campaigns with different groups of population including minorities, local and religious communities in different regions of the country, learning their problems and taking necessary measures in resolving them, said Zaur Valimammadli, the chief of the international relations department of the Ombudsman Institution, at the High-Level Conference devoted to the 25th anniversary of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) in Paris, France.

 

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TATARSTAN    Sariya Saburskaya spoke about the fight against illicit trafficking of alcohol

In order to identify violations of the law in the field of production and turnover of ethyl alcohol, alcohol and alcohol-containing products, there are special categories in the People’s Control, namely “violation of the rules for the sale of alcohol and alcohol-containing products” and “illegal production and trafficking of ethyl alcohol, alcohol and alcohol-containing products “.

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Pakistan   Ombudsman Secretariat and UNICEF Sign Letter of Intent to Strengthen Child Protection System

Federal Ombudsman Secretariat and United Mations Children’s Fund(UNICEF) in a simple ceremony held at the Wafaqi Mohtasib Secretariat, Islamabad on 23 September, 2019, signed a Letter of Intent (LOI). Hon;ble Wafaqi Mohtasib Syed Tahir Shahbaz and Ms. Abida Girma, UNICEEF Representative in Pakistan signed the LOI on behalf of their respective institutions.
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AZERBAIJAN   Azerbaijani Ombudsman marks the International Day of Peace in the country

The Ombudsman annually held Peace month-long campaign throughout the country from 21 August-21 September. In the framework of the whole month central and local executive bodies, in cooperation with international organizations, educational institutions, NGOs and media outlets hold round tables, conferences, competitions and exhibitions on the relevant topic.

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Ms. Pak Un-Jong
Chairman,
Anti-Corruption & Civil Rights Commission (ACRC)

 

KOREA   ACRC and Korea Press Foundation cooperate in running educational program to raise journalists’ awareness of protection for whistleblowers

For the first time, an educational course on the protection system for corruption reporters and public interest whistleblowers was conducted for trainee journalists who just started their careers in the field of journalism.

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Syed Tahir Shahbaz 
Federal Ombudsman of Pakistan
 

 

Pakistan  Federal Ombudsman Inspect One Windows Facilities Desks at Karachi & Quetta Airpots

On the direction of Wafaqi Mohtasib Secretariat, One window facilities desks have been established at eight(8) international Airports to facilitate Overseas Pakistanis and International passengers. The representatives of 12 departments i.e. FIA, NADRA, OPF, Immigration & Passport, ANF,CAA remain there for 24 hours to facilitate passengers
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AZERBAIJAN   Azerbaijani Ombudsman ensured the rights of stateless person

The citizenship status of Viktor Seryakov, a Russian origin person who lived in Azerbaijan for a long time without any affirmative document, was determined as a result of the Ombudsman’s immediate reaction.The Ombudsman of Vladimir oblast expressed her gratitude for sensitive approach to the Russian citizen in her letter addressed to the Ombudsman of Azerbaijan.

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Asian Ombudsman Association(AOA)   Schedule for the 22nd Meeting of the Board of Director, 16th General Assembly Meeting and Conference of Asian Ombudsman Association issued :

The 22nd Meeting of Board of Director of Asian Ombudsman Association(AOA), 16th General Assembly Meeting of AOA and Conference of Asian Ombudsman Association will be Held on 17-19 November, 2019 in Istanbul, Turkey; Election of the Board of Directors of AOA will  be held.

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OIC Ombudsman Association(OICOA)  Schedule for the Steering Committee and General Assembly Meeting OIC Ombudsman Association(OICOA) issued :

The Meeting of Board of Steering Committee and General Assembly Meeting OIC Ombudsman Association(OICOA) will be Held on 17-19 November, 2019 in Istanbul, Turkey; Election of the Board of Directors of OICOA will  be held.

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Forum of Pakistan Ombudsman(FPO)   The 23rd Meeting of Forum of Pakistan Ombudsman Held on 6th September, 2019 at Nathiagali Abbottabad:

The 23rd Meeting of Forum of Pakistan Ombudsman Held on 6th September, 2019(Friday) at Nathiagali Abbottabad, which was chaired by the Hon’ble Wafaqi Mohtasib, Mr. Tahir Shahbaz, and coordinated by Mr. Abdul Khaliq, Secretary FPO.

 
 

TATARSTAN    Saria Saburskaya attended the ceremony of handing over keys to new ambulances to medical personnel

The fleet of healthcare institutions of municipal districts of the republic has replenished with 42 new ambulances, a total of 187 vehicles will be delivered this year.;

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AZERBAIJAN   Azerbaijani Ombudsman proposes tripartite collaboration among Ombudsman, State Migration Service and IOM country office.

The Ombudsman received the Chief of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Mission to Azerbaijan Mr. Vladimir Giorgiyev. During the meeting, the Ombudsman gave broad information about the activity in protection of migrants’ rights, including monitoring in capacity of the NHRI and national preventive mechanism.

 

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AZERBAIJAN   Ombudsman meets delegation from Japan

The Azerbaijani Ombudsman received the delegation led by Mr. Hideo Ohnishi, the Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications of Japan. The delegation was accompanied by Mr.Akiro Sanno, an attaché of the Embassy of Japan in Azerbaijan.

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ARMENIA Parliament adopted legislative package based on monitoring of Human Rights Defender

Under the new Constitution of 2015 the mandate of the Human Rights Defender (HRD) has been expanded by including the power to facilitate the improvement of the regulatory legal acts related to human rights and freedoms. Following the Constitutional Amendments, a new Constitutional Law on Human Rights Defender of the Republic of Armenia was adopted in December 2016. Within this constitutional function, a new practice of reflecting monitoring results in draft laws by the HRD Office is being exercised.

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TATARSTAN    Sariya Saburskaya monitored observance of citizens’ rights during the elections

On the day of the election of deputies of the State Council of the Republic of Tatarstan of the sixth convocation on September 8, 2019, the Commissioner for Human Rights in the Republic of Tatarstan monitors the observance of citizens’ rights during the elections.

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TATARSTAN    Sariya Saburskaya held joint reception of citizens with the Ministry of Labor, Employment and Social Protection

7 citizens addressed the Commissioner for Human Rights in the Republic of Tatarstan and the Deputy Minister of Labor, Employment and Social Protection of the Republic of Tatarstan as part of a joint reception.

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TATARSTAN    Ombudsman’s representatives visited the Center for temporary detention of foreign citizens

In order to assist migrants in resolving their personal issues, explaining to them their rights and obligations, finding a solution to the problems that have developed as a result of their actions, employees and public assistants of the Commissioner for Human Rights in the Republic of Tatarstan visit this Center every month.

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Pakistan   Syed Tahir Shahbaz, Ombudsman of Pakistan participates the solidarity Hour with the Peoples of Indian held Kashmir(IHK) on 30.08.2019 at Prime Minister Secretariat, Islamabad

Syed Tahir Shahbaz, Ombudsman of Pakistan participates the solidarity Hour with Peoples of Indian held Kashmir(IHK) on 30.08.2019 at Prime Minister Secretariat, Islamabad, where the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mr Imran Khan addressed the rally

 
 
 

AZERBAIJAN   Ombudsman meets Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights

The Ombudsman attaches great importance to the cooperation with the Council of Europe (CoE). On regular basis the Ombudsman meets the different representatives of the CoE and informs them on the activities of the Institution.

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Pakistan- Ombudsman of Sindh    District Council Hyderabad pays service dues on orders of Mr. Asad Ashraf Malik, Ombudsman Sindh

A retired government employee approached the Provincial Ombudsman Sindh, Mr. Asad Ashraf Malik with the complaint that District Council Hyderabad was not paying arrears of Pension and Dearness Allowance and delaying the matter on one pretext or the other
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AZERBAIJAN   Public awareness campaign on ICPD 25 Summit by Azerbaijani Ombudsman

The adoption of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) Programme of Action in Egypt in 1994 created new vision and values for the sustainable development that take place in 2030 Agenda. This year, the ICPD 25 Summit will be held in Nairobi in November. With regard to the ICPD 25 Summit Azerbaijani Ombudsman organized public awareness campaign on Cairo+25 in the country. So far many regional public awareness events were organized jointly with United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in the regions covering 35 cities and rayons of the country. The state officials, the representatives of the NGOs and different communities took part at these events.

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Hong Kong Ombudsman Ms Winnie Chiu Wai-yin
 

 

HONG KONG-CHINA  Ombudsman Hong Kong probes Leisure and Cultural Services Department’s arrangements

On August 14, the Ombudsman Ms Winnie Chiu announced 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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AZERBAIJAN   Ombudsman 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.

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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-SAR 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-SAR 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-SAR 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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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 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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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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ARMENIA Human Rights Defender recognized for public and transparent work at PR Awards:

On 21 December 2018 the Human Rights Defender received the “State Institution of the Year” award at the Armenian PR Awards in recognition of the instution’s public and transparent work.

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THAILAND Thai Ombudsman and the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications of Japan signed Memorandum of Cooperation:

Signing of Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) in the field of ombudsmanship between Thai Ombudsman and the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) of Japa.”

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 Public Defender Nino Lomjaria

GEORGIA   Public Defender reviews human rights situation in Georgia:

On 7 December 2018, Public Defender Nino Lomjaria held a summarizing press conference and discussed the human rights situation in Georgia in 2018, introduced the statistics of the cases studied by the Public Defender’s Office and outlined main findings.

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KOREA   Korea and Qatar expand partnership to reinforce transparency and integrity measures:

The anti-corruption bodies of Korea and Qatar agreed to share experiences and best practices in developing transparency and integrity assessment tools.

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INDONESIA   Ombudsman of  Republic of Indonesia Submit LAHP of Forestry Sector to Minister of  Enviroment and Forestry(LHK):

Chairman of the RI Ombudsman Prof. Amzulian Rifai delivered the Final Examination Report (LAHP) related to public complaints in the environmental and forestry sectors. The report was received directly by the Minister of Environment and Forestry (LHK) Siti Nurbaya Bakar at the RI Ombudsman Office, Jakarta, Tuesday (16/10).

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HONG KONG  Ms Connie Lau, Ombudsman of Hong Kong and AOA Secretary is retiring from her post of Ombudsman on 31th March, 2019:

As per press release of the Government of Hong Kong Ms. Connie Lau, Ombudsman of Hong Kong is retiring from her post of Ombudsman on 31th March, 2019 due to her personal reasons. The Government of Hong Kong and her colleagues of Asian Ombudsman Association(AOA) have put forth a tribute to her for  her services rendered as Ombudsman as well as the Secretary of AOA.  She conveyed her heartfelt thanks to all members of AOA for posing trust on her as Secretary AOA and honouring her with their appreciating remarks.
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