WORLD | Newly adopted UN Resolution further strengthens Ombudsman institutions worldwide

On 15 December 2022, the UN General Assembly adopted the Resolution on the role of Ombudsman and mediator institutions in the promotion and protection of human rights, good governance and the rule of law. It draws attention to some important issues, which will further help strengthening Ombudsman and mediator institutions worldwide.

With this newly adopted resolution, the UN acknowledges the fact that Ombudsman often also fulfil the mandate as National Preventive Mechanism (NPM) in the fight against torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.

It also notes with concern that Ombudsman may be under threat and encourages member states to ensure adequate protection of their respective Ombudsman against reprisals, intimidation or threats, and that Ombudsman and their staff have appropriate protection from unwarranted abuses of legal process in respect of matters carried out in connection with their lawful duties.

Moreover, the resolution highlights the importance of the Venice Principles as relevant international instrument to inform the work of Ombudsman and mediator institutions and encourages member states to establish independent offices and strengthen existing ones by ensuring their independence consistent with the Venice Principles.

Finally yet importantly, the UN Resolution on Ombudsman and mediator institutions acknowledges the active work of the International Ombudsman Institute (IOI) and encourages Ombudsman to seek active engagement with the IOI with a view to exchanging experiences and best practices within this global network.

The UN Resolution on Ombudsman and Mediator institution is submitted biennially by Morocco with the great support from the Moroccan Ombudsman. The newly adopted UN Resolution (A/RES/77/224) is available in its English, French and Spanish version in the download section further down below.


Source: IOI General Secretariat

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