A three judge bench of the Court of Appeal of Kenya has ruled that the determinations and recommendations of the Commission on Administrative Justice, also known as Office of the Ombudsman, have the force of law hence are binding on public institutions. The landmark decision was made on 26th September 2019.
Following visits to the country's Educational Centers (EC), the Ombudsman of Portugal, acting as head of the National Prevention Mechanism (NPM), made a recommendation in February 2019 to the Directorate General for Reinsertion and Prison Services (DGRSP) to overcome several identified shortcomings. The recommendation of the Ombudsman, Maria Lúcia Amaral, urged the DGRSP to install, in articulation with the health authorities, still this year, a therapeutic unit for the treatment of acute cases diagnosed in the mental health panorama.
En el 2017 el Departamento de Investigaciones de la Procuración Penitenciaria de la Nación Argentina (PPN) diseñó el Proyecto de seguimiento y actualización de la investigación realizada en el año 2007 sobre Malos Tratos y Torturas en cárceles federales que se denominó: “A 10 años de Cuerpos Castigados”.
Yesterday, 10 October 2019, was the World Ombudsman´s Day. On this occasion, IOI Regional President of Europe, Rafael Ribó, shared some thoughts and highlighted an initiative by the Council of Europe.
The Ombudsman of Portugal, acting as head of the National Mechanism for the Prevention (MNP) of Torture and Mistreatment, addressed a recommendation to the Portuguese Immigrants and Borders Service (SEF) to avoid situations of excessive isolation of persons detained in temporary installation facilities in airports, while awaiting the decision to enter the country.
The Secretariat of the International Conference of Information Commissioners (ICIC) has accepted the request submitted by the Catalan Ombudsman to join this organization. Membership at the ICIC represents an opportunity to connect with other authorities around the world to identify trends, good practices and strategic priorities.
The Northern Ireland Public Services Ombudsman (NIPSO) has just released its Bulletin for October 2019 to inform about a number of recently published investigation reports in the health, local government and central government sectors.
In order to identify best practices on protection services for unaccompanied minors in Europe, the Ombudsman for the Basque Country needs the support and cooperation of other European Ombudsman institutions. The Basque Ombudsman has prepared a questionnaire which can be answered in English, French, German, Italian or Spanish. The Basque Ombudsman kindly asks the European Ombudsman institutions to answer this questionnaire by 8 November 2019.
Irish Ombudsman and IOI President Peter Tyndall spoke at the UK Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman's Open Meeting on 2 October 2019 to highlight the importance of following-up on implementation of recommendations, the benefits of own-initiative powers, and the significant improvements in the PHSO in recent years.
With the proclamation of Fairness Week in the province of British Columbia, Canada, the Ombudsperson, British Columbia´s “Independent Voice for Fairness” is reminding the public of their right to fair treatment from public sector organizations.