The Ombudsman is the most important, central independent state institution charged with protection and promotion of human rights of citizens of the Republic of Macedonia.
In view of that fact, the NGO Info-center, in cooperation with the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in the Republic of Macedonia, under the auspices of the “Civic monitoring of the Ombudsman” Project, has implemented continuous monitoring of the work and activities of the Office of the Ombudsman since December 2016.
This publication covers the findings of individual reports (with minor changes) published between December 2016 and December 2017, referring to:
- Changes and amendments to the Law on the Ombudsman that entered into force in March 2017, primarily from the aspect of the Office of the Ombudsman’s personnel and financial capacities to implement the wide scope of its competences and functions;
- The February 2018 changes to the Law on the Ombudsman;
- The functioning and capacities of the Regional Offices of the Ombudsman;
- The perceptions of journalists and civic associations from their experience of working and communication with the Office of the Ombudsman;
- The presence of the Ombudsman in the media.
For the purposes of preparation of those reports, we conducted structured interviews with the Ombudsman, his deputies, the state advisors and the person responsible for public relations of the Office of the Ombudsman. We also held six focus groups with journalists and civic activists in Skopje, Bitola, Štip, Tetovo and Strumica, and we conducted an analysis of the legislation regulating the work and operations of the Ombudsman, the Office of the Ombudsman’s annual reports for 2016 and 2017, the internal organization and systemization of jobs and positions, the Budget of the Office of the Ombudsman and other relevant documents. We also monitored the presence of the Ombudsman in the media and the manner in which the media and journalists covered its work and activities.
This publication is supported by the U.S. Embassy. The opinions, conclusions and recommendations presented here are of the implementing organisations and shall not be understood to reflect the views and positions of the U.S. Government
Publisher: NGO Info-centre