Madeira. Ombudsman Office organizes Human Rights Seminar on the occasion of the presentation of the study “Implementation of Public Policies on Social Housing”

The public presentation of the study on the “Implementation of Public Policies regarding Social Housing in the Autonomous Region of Madeira“, conducted under the scientific coordination of Professor António Almeida and Professor Susana Teles, will take place on October 28th, at 10.30am, at the Rectory of the University of Madeira.

Promoted by the Ombudsman Office, under the scope of the DEMOS Project, the presentation of this study will be followed, in the afternoon, by the “Human Rights Seminar” open to the educational community.

These days will take as a starting point the work “The Ombudsman’s Office in the Safeguard of Human Rights“, published in 2018 on the occasion of the celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as well as the “Pandemic Notebooks“, a small collection of studies around the impacts on Education, Homeless People and the Rule of Law of the exceptional times that are still being experienced due to Covid-19.

Integrated in the INTERREG 2014-2020 programme and financed by FEDER – European Regional Development Fund, the DEMOS Project aims to foster activities to promote the knowledge society and to increase the levels of development and socioeconomic integration of the outermost regions of Portugal and Spain, composed by the archipelagos of Madeira, the Azores and the Canary Islands (the Macaronesian Islands).

Throughout its participation in the DEMOS Project, which began in 2016, the Ombudsman’s Office identified, in each of the Portuguese Autonomous Regions, issues that were considered to warrant a more in-depth approach.

In this context it recently commissioned two studies, one to the University of the Azores on the Access to the Regional Health System, and another to the University of Madeira regarding the Implementation of Public Policies on Social Housing.

These studies allow the identification of the main challenges in the development of regional policies regarding the themes they address. It is important to highlight that the conclusions of these scientific works do not necessarily reflect the position of the Ombudsman, but rather constitute an essential contribution of analysis and reflection towards the full realization of the fundamental rights to health and housing in the Portuguese Autonomous Regions.


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