On 27 and 28 March 2018, the Council of Europe, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) and the Austrian Ombudsman Board organized a forum with representatives from NPMs of six European countries and international and European experts. The topic was the possible creation of a databank for the exchange of national standards in places of detention and NPM recommendations.»
On 20 March 2018 Ombudsman Kräuter welcomed Mr Mahito Shindo, Assistant Professor at the School of Sciences of Waseda University, Tokyo. In a current research project Mr Shindo examines to what extent Ombudsman institutions can ensure the quality of administrative environmental decision makings. The Austrian Ombudsman Board was pleased to contribute its expertise to this academic work.»
On 12 and 13 March, an international conference on the topic “Monitoring in Retirement and Nursing homes” took place in Trier, Germany. The focus of the conference, which was organized by the Council of Europe, the National Agency for the Prevention of Torture of Germany and the Austrian Ombudsman Board, was on the topic of restrictions of freedom.»
On 24 November 2017 and on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, Ombudswoman Dr. Brinek took part in the symposium on “Violence against elderly women”, hosted by ACUNS (Academic Council of the United Nations System) at the Vienna International City.»
Austrian Ombudsman and IOI Secretary General Günther Kräuter attended the OSCE Parallel Civil Society Conference 2017 in Vienna on 5 December, in order to discuss the results of the OSCE self-evaluation process.»
On 24 November 2017, the regular Roma dialogue platform of the Federal Chancellery took place at the Austrian Ombudsman Board for the very first time. Approximately 60 representatives of Roma civil society, of public administration and academia attended the event and took part in the lively discussion.»
Experts from the Austrian Ombudsman Board (AOB) welcomed the Apparatus of the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights for an exchange of experiences.
Experts from the Austrian Ombudsman Board (AOB) welcomed the Anti-Torture Committee of the Lebanese Internal Security Forces (ISF) for an exchange of experiences. The study trip was organized by the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces.»
As part of a study visit to Austria, Germany and the Netherlands, a delegation from South Korea visited the Austrian Ombudsman Board (AOB) on 5 September 2017. The delegation was chaired by Chul-Young Shin, Ombudsman of Gangwon Province, and included representatives from the audit division and general civil service offices of different South Korean cities. The visit served as a platform for a fruitful exchange of experiences between the AOB and the South Korean delegation.