“Attacks on the defenders of the people and states of exception” at the 1st FIO- RINDHCA Virtual Congress

The first virtual congress organised by the Ibero-American Federation of Ombudsmen (FIO) and the Network of National Human Rights Institutions of the American Continent (RINDHCA) will take place on 15 and 16 December 2020, focusing on the pressures and aggressions that some of these institutions have suffered in the framework of the OVID-19 pandemic and the rights restrictions imposed. The…

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Ombudsman participates in international workshop on Artificial Intelligence and Human Rights

The Ombudsman, Maria Lúcia Amaral, and the Deputy Ombudsman, Teresa Anjinho, participated in an international workshop on "Artificial Intelligence and Human Rights", organised by the IOI and the Catalan Ombudsman, in Barcelona from 2 – 3 March 2020. The great opportunities and challenges in the application of artificial intelligence in our daily lives must be accompanied by specialist agents control…

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Ombudsman meets with Spanish counterpart

The Ombudsman, Maria Lúcia Amaral, travels to Madrid on January 20 for a working visit to Defensor del Pueblo, a similar institution in Spain, headed by Francisco Fernández Marugán. The two-day visit aims to strengthen cooperation and share good practices and experiences. As in the case of the Ombudsman of Portugal, the Defensor del Pueblo accumulates in Spain the original…

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Gender violence and equality under debate at the 24th FIO Congress

The Ombudsman, Maria Lúcia Amaral, participates in the XXIV Congress and General Assembly of the Ibero-American Ombudsman Federation (FIO), which takes place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from November 26 to 28, 2019. Representatives of national human rights institutions from more than 20 Ibero-American countries are gathering around the theme of "gender violence and its impacts on equality", including access…

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Towards harmonised detention standards in the EU: The role of National Preventive Mechanisms – Workshop in Sofia

Within the scope of the project “Towards harmonised detention standards in the EU – the role of National Preventive Mechanisms (NPM)” the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights organised a workshop in Sofia, Bulgaria (18th and 19th of November 2019), in cooperation with its project partner the Bulgarian Helsinki Committee. Among the 30 participants were members of the NPM from…

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UN Committee on the Rights of the Child approves recommendations for Portugal

The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child has just published its recommendations following the conclusion of the assessment cycle on compliance with the Convention on the Rights of the Child by Portugal. The Ombudsman hopes that the Recommendations approved by the Committee will provide an incentive for the design of strategies and the implementation of actions to achieve…

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First interim evaluation of the human rights training program conducted by the Ombudsman of Portugal with the Turkish counterpart

On 25thFebruary, the first interim evaluation of the Twinning Project for the Empowerment of the Role of the Ombudsman Institution of Turkey on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights, under the responsibility of the Portuguese Ombudsman, was held at the Turkish Ombudsman Institution in Ankara.  The meeting was attended by the Project Leaders and Heads of International Relations of…

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