Austrian Ombudswoman Gertrude Brinek welcomed Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, at the premises of the Austrian Ombudsman Board (AOB) in Vienna on 29 April 2016.»
IOI Secretary General and Austrian Ombudsman Günther Kräuter attended the International Forum and Training Workshop for Asian Ombuds-Institution which were held in Tokyo by the Japanese Administrative Evaluation Bureau (AEB) from 7-10 March 2016.
Ombudsman institutions from countries along the so called „West Balkan Route“ followed an invitation by the Greek Ombudsman and met in Thessaloniki on 19 February 2016 to discuss the topic of “Refugee/migrant crisis and human rights: Regional joint action plan of Ombudsman institutions”. The aim of this workshop was to develop a joint action plan with a view to facilitate concrete joint initiatives for the protection of the rights of refugees and migrants.
On 16 December 2015, the newly appointed Polish Human Rights Defender Dr Adam Bodnar paid an inaugural visit to the Austrian Ombudsman Board. Dr Bodnar was welcomed by Ombudsman and IOI Secretary General Dr Günther Kräuter and the IOI Executive Director .»
„Public Relations and Media“ – Exchange of experiences together with PR experts of the Albanian People’s Advocat and Albanian MediaDecember 1, 2015
A delegation of PR and media experts visited the Austrian Ombudsman Board (AOB) from 24 - 25 November. New ideas and concepts concerning public relations, media and communication were discussed in depth.»
From November 12 to 14 an International Conference on the role of stakeholders at the fulfilment of constitutional rights and freedoms took place in Baku, Azerbaijan.»
Ombudsman Günther Kräuter reported on current developments in human rights protection in Austria during his presentation before the UN Committee Against Torture (CAT) in Geneva and stressed that, although progress has been made in some areas, shortcomings are also still evident.»
Ombudswoman Lora Vidović followed an invitation from the Austrian Ombudsman Board and came to Vienna for a two-day visit to exchange experiences and expertise on the ex-post as well as preventive work of the two offices.»