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Principles on the Protection and Promotion of Ombudsman Institution

European Commission For Democracy Through Law (Venice Commission) adopted Principles on the Protection and Promotion of Ombudsman Institution on March 18, 2019. Principles aim to strengthen Ombudsman Institution, to protect it and improve its effectiveness. The document pays particular attention to the role of the Ombudsman in monitoring protection of human rights and freedoms in the country, essential constitutional guarantees of the institution, Ombudsman’s selection procedures and criteria to that end, importance to address Ombudsman with an application and other issues.

Based on such principles, Venice Commission obliges the state to protect and facilitate that Ombudsman Institution plays significant role in strengthening democracy, rule of law and protection and promotion of human rights and fundamental freedoms. Commission also calls states to refrain from any act that might weaken the independence of the institution.

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