New Publication: Ombudsman Institutions and Minority Issues. A Guide to Good Practice
- New Publication:
The European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI) is proud to introduce its most recent publication:
"Ombudsman Institutions and Minority Issues - A Guide to Good Practice", ed. by Marnie Lloydd. Contributors: Robert Dunbar, Dženana Hadžiomerović, Kristin Henrard, Andrea Krizsán, Birgitte Kofod Olsen and Alan Phillips. Flensburg: European Centre for Minority Issues, 2005, 91 pp.
ECMI gives special thanks to the generous financial support of the German Federal Ministry of the Interior, which made the publication of this Guide possible.
Available in English and in Russian here:
The Guide has been developed as part of ECMI's ongoing project "Network of Ombudsman Institutions Addressing Minority Issues in Europe". Supported by a team of experts in the field, who are the authors of this Guide, ECMI has for the past 2 years managed a network of ombudsman institutions in the wider Europe: supporting them in their work with minority issues; encouraging the establishment of specialized structures for minority issues within those institutions; and facilitating the exchange of information through training workshops, conferences and online resources. The Guide to Good Practice is our latest endeavour toward our project goals.
The Guide is structured into three main parts:
1. Mandate, Powers and Functions;
2. Establishment and Foundational Criteria; and
3. Operations and Organization.
Each part consists of a number of key points or statements, followed by discussions and analyses, which provide alternatives or discuss suitable solutions reached in practice by institutions. This Guide does not attempt to provide set answers or even 'best' practice but, rather, it represents examples of good practice and experience from various countries.
Part IV of the Guide contains essential resources, including literature, websites and legal documents.
ECMI is convinced of the potential for ombudsman institutions to protect minority interests in a democratic state. It is hoped that the Guide can spark discussion and consideration for those states or regions considering such an institution and provide a training and development tool for extant institutions wishing to strengthen their capacities in the area of minority issues.
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