Ombudsman expounds on challenges at regional meeting

POSTED: 06/5/12 11:55 AM

St. Maarten – Ombudsman Dr. Nilda Arduin is one of several feature speakers at the Second Curacao International Ombudsman Conference, which will take place at the World Trade Center in Curacao. Dr. Arduin has been invited to present on the topic “Threats a young Ombudsman’s office faces while conducting investigations”. The President of the ILO is the keynote speaker at the opening ceremony. Ombudsmen from the Caribbean, Latin America,Europe and Africa are expected to attend the conference. All lectures will be simultaneously translated in English and Spanish.
The conference, which is jointly organized by the Office of the Ombudsman of Curaçao and the Caribbean International University opened on Monday and will continue until June 7. The theme of the conference is “Investigative methods and techniques” and the Institute of Latin-American Ombudsman and the Office of the Ombudsman of the Republic of Argentina, Province Santa Fé have also cooperated in making the event possible.
Attendees at the conference will focus on three investigative methods and techniques that will be detailed by dr. Andre Marin, Ombudsman of Ontario, Canada, dr. Raul Plascencia Illanueva , the President of the National Committee on Human Rights of Mexico and expert in the field of investigation of serious violations of human rights and dr. Alex Brenninkmeijer, the national Ombudsman of the Netherlands. Brenninkmeijer is hailed by organizers for having an outstanding track record in conducting investigations on his own initiative with continuous successful results.
Several other Ombudsmen and financial and legal experts will also present their thoughts and discuss the importance and influence of a meticulous investigation and the impact on the authority of the Ombudsman.
Dr. Arduin’s attendance at this conference will allow for the Ombudsman to establish and maintain contact with other institutions in the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe and Africa. Networking is one of the priority areas of the Ombudsman’s Strategic Plan 2012 – 2021.

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