The case of a young Austrian athlete who was severly injured in the Olympic village in Baku during the First European Games in 2015 has finally been resolved in part due to the successful international cooperation between Austrian Ombudsman Dr. Günther Kräuter and the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Republic of Azerbaijan Prof. Elmira Suleymanova.
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In April 2018, the Office of the Ombudsman in the Kingdom of Tonga published its first report. Although the Office had been established in 2001 (formerly as the Office of the Commissioner for Public Relations), the respective Act did not allow for reports to be published. An amendment to the Act effective in December 2016 now allows for the Ombudsman to publish reports.
For the second straight year, Ontario Ombudsman Paul Dubé is among the nominees for Canadian Lawyer magazine’s Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers in Canada. The list, chosen by the magazine’s internal editorial panel, readers and past honourees, recognizes lawyers who have played a significant role in the legal profession in the past 18 months.
For the occasion of the establishment of the institution, on 30 May, 2018, the Ombudsman of the Republic of Macedonia will formally mark the anniversary of the institution in the Assembly of the Republic of Macedonia. The holding of this event is under the auspices of the President of the Government of the Republic of Macedonia.
On 21-22 May, Ombudsman, head of Children Rights Division and lawyer of Prevention Unit meet Children Ombudsmen of Poland and Lithuania and representatives of the Chancellor of Justice Office of Estonia. Such meetings happen annually and participants discuss topical children rights issues in Poland and Baltic states.
The State Comptroller and Ombudsman of Israel, Judge (Ret.) Joseph H. Shapira, has selected Dr. Esther Ben-Haim, or Esti as she is called by her peers, to be the new Director of the Ombudsman’s Office. Her nomination been approved by the State Audit Committee of the Knesset (Israeli Parliament) in November of 2017.
The Commonwealth Ombudsman, Mr Michael Manthorpe PSM, has released a report into the detention of a man who was detained for nearly four years while he still held a visa, as a result of problems with the notification of refusals from the Department of Home Affairs.
Victorian government departments, local councils and other agencies dealing with challenging behaviour from members of the public will benefit from a new guide tabled in the Victorian Parliament today. Tabling her Good Practice Guide to Dealing with Challenging Behaviour, Victorian Ombudsman Deborah Glass said the guide aimed to help create better understanding between government bodies and the public.
A 73-year-old grandmother’s death from bladder cancer was avoidable, an investigation by the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) has found. She died following a hospital’s nine-month delay to diagnose her. An inadequate local investigation failed to recognise this, and her son subsequently brought a complaint about her care to the Ombudsman.