International activities 2015/16

One of the Parliamentary Ombudsmen’s overriding goals is to promote international dissemination of the idea of legal scrutiny through independent ombudsmen. In its work towards this goal, the Parliamentary Ombudsmen has carried out the following operations during the fiscal year.

The Parliamentary Ombudsmen has received 20 visits in connection with which it has provided information about its activities. One of these visits was from the OSCE (Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe) Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR). Our visitors were interested in JO's supervision of the issue of freedom of assembly and JO’s handling of complaints in this area. Another visit was from the ombudsman institution in Kosovo, as part of the Council of Europe project, Support to the Implementation of European Human Rights Standards and the Reform of the Ombudspersons Institution Implemented in Kosovo. The purpose of the visit was to learn about JO's structure, mandate and working methods.

Furthermore, the Parliamentary Ombudsmen and officials at the Parliamentary Ombudsmen have actively participated in conferences and seminars overseas. Among others, Chief Parliamentary Ombudsman Fura and area manager rapporteur Svensson participated in the annual cooperation seminar for Baltic ombudsmen in Tallinn, Estonia.

In December 2015, Chief Parliamentary Ombudsman Fura and International Coordinator De Geer Fällman carried out a visit in Colombia arranged by the Embassy Of Sweden in Bogotá. The visit included participation in the VII National Assembly of the local ombudsmen's (Personeros) central organisation, FENALPER (Federation national de Personeros de Colombia) in Bogotá and Cartagena. Visits were also made to a women's prison in Bogotá and a local women’s organisation for peace work (Narrar para Vivir) in San Juan Nepomuceno, Cartagena. There were also meetings with the national ombudsman and civil society representatives.

In conclusion it is worth mentioning that, in her capacity as board member and together with International Coordinator De Geer Fällman, Chief Parliamentary Ombudsman Fura has participated in the work conducted by the International Ombudsman Institute (IOI) as well as its Board of the European Region. The IOI is a global collaborative organisation for independent, mainly parliamentary, ombudsman agencies. The collaboration involves 155 ombudsman agencies from more than 90 countries, representing all the continents.

Updated 12/19/2016