International best practice: Human Rights Ombudsperson’s Regional Representation

 

My latest project is for the UNDP of Ukraine:

 To conduct a study analyzing existing international effective practices of Ombudsperson’s regional representation in the sphere of human rights protection, including:

  • Form and procedure of appointment or elections of regional Ombudspersons (Ombudsperson’s representatives) or other identical or equal human rights institutions;
  • Scope of authority (mandate) and responsibilities of regional Ombudspersons (Ombudsperson’s representatives), with a particular focus on (1) division of above authority and responsibilities between national and regional level and (2) cooperation between the national and regional levels;
  • Funding sources and modalities for regional Ombudspersons (Ombudsperson’s representatives) or other identical or equal human rights institutions or agents; and

 Based on the results of the study to develop recommendations for designing an effective organizational framework of Ombudsperson’s regional representation in Ukraine.

 Description of responsibilities / scope of work

 In order to draw a comprehensive picture of the diversity of types, mandates, roles, scope of responsibilities and functions of Ombudsperson’s regional representation and to develop recommendations for Ukraine, the research should perform the following steps:

Propose a selection of countries, where an institution of an Ombudsperson or an identical or equal human rights institution (branch offices or sub-offices or individual designated officials) effectively functions on the local level, whose practice can be taken stock of, proved relevant to Ukraine with potential for successful replication due to similar territorial size, human rights situation, etc.

Research of the available materials and practices concerning Ombudsperson’s regional representation (civic or other types) in at least 5 countries (demonstrating different forms of successful and effective regional network with comprehensive and efficient mechanisms of institution’s functioning). The research should look into different forms of the institute of regional ombudsperson’s representatives available in Unitarian and non-Unitarian states. The number of countries studied may be expanded, if additional relevant experiences are identified there.

Subject areas for the research on each country at the minimum should include (but not be limited to):

  • Form and procedure of appointment or elections of the Ombudsperson’s regional representations / independent and separate regional Ombudspersons / other identical human rights institutions or actors;
  • Mandate (scope of authority) of the Ombudsperson’s regional representations / independent and separate regional Ombudspersons / other identical human rights institutions (representation models);
  • Source of funding of Ombudsperson’s regional representatives / independent and separate regional Ombudspersons / other identical human rights institutions;
  • Relationship matrix of Ombudsperson’s regional representatives /independent and individual regional Ombudspersons /other identical human rights institutions within the framework of the Ombudsperson’s Secretariat /Office;
  • Applicable provisions of law stipulating the operation of the Ombudsperson’s regional representatives or of independent and separate regional Ombudspersons / other identical human rights institutions;
  • Institutional and actual strengths and weaknesses of the setup of institution of Ombudsperson’s regional representations / independent and individual regional Ombudspersons or of other identical human rights institutions;
  • Instruments, criteria and methods used by the Ombudsperson’s regional representatives or of independent and individual regional Ombudspersons / other identical human rights institutions in their work;
  • Model of relationship between the Ombudsperson’s regional representatives / independent and individual regional Ombudspersons or of other identical human rights institutions and governmental and non-governmental actors in the sphere of human rights protection.

Research methods will include but will not be limited to:

  • Literature review;
  • Internet research;
  • Contacts with relevant stakeholders in researched countries.

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