ombudsperson

URI: http://eige.europa.eu/taxonomy/term/1306

Definition

An ombudsperson is usually appointed by the government or by parliament, but has a significant degree of independence and is mandated with representing the interests of the public by investigating and addressing complaints of maladministration or a violation of rights. In many countries where the ombudsperson’s responsibility includes protecting human rights, the ombudsperson is recognised as the National Human Rights Institution.

See also: National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs)

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