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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 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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