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In addition to handling individual complaints, the Austrian Ombudsman Board is entrusted with the protection and promotion of human rights.
  • Expert Commissions

    In order to be able to fulfil its tasks as the Republic’s human rights body, the Austrian Ombudsman Board has set up six regional commissions.

    The expert commissions have unrestricted access to all institutions and receive all the information and documents required to exercise their mandate. They also have, for example, comprehensive access to the medical data of prisoners in police detention centres. The commissions can hold private conversations with people in detention or people with disabilities if they wish to do so.

    The commissions use the inspection focal points stipulated by the AOB as guidelines for their work, which bears a great deal of responsibility. They report directly to the AOB about their visits and inspections and carry out assessments of human rights infringements and recommendations on how to prevent these infringements. If the AOB comes to differing conclusions, the commissions are entitled to add appropriate comments to the Ombudsman Board reports.

    Each commission consists of a chairperson and members who are appointed by the AOB in line with international requirements on gender parity. The commissions are multiethnic and are composed of people from various disciplines. There are six regional commissions throughout Austria with a total of 48 part-time members.

  • Commission 1: Tyrol and Vorarlberg

    Commission 1 is responsible for monitoring institutions and facilities where people are or may be deprived of their liberty in Vorarlberg and the Tyrol. The Commission is headed by Verena Murschetz. The chart below gives you more information about the composition of the Commission.

    You can contact the Commission at kommission1@volksanwaltschaft.gv.at.

     

    Verena Murschetz chairperson
    David Altacher
    member
    Michaela Brejla member
    Sepp Brugger member
    Erwin Egger member
    Wolfgang Fromherz
    member
    Elif Gündüz member
    Martha Taschler
    member
    vacant member

     

  • Commission 2: Salzburg and Upper Austria

    Commission 2 is responsible for monitoring institutions and facilities where people are or may be deprived of their liberty in Salzburg and Upper Austria. The Commission is headed by Reinhard Klaushofer. The chart below gives you more information about the composition of the Commission.

    You can contact the Commission at kommission2@volksanwaltschaft.gv.at.

     

    Reinhard Klaushofer chairperson
    Doris Brandmair member
    Esther Kirchberger member
    Robert Krammer member
    Manfred Mandl member
    Margit Pollheimer-Pühringer member
    Monika Schmerold member
    Renate Stelzig-Schöler member

     

  • Commission 3: Styria and Carinthia

    Commission 3 is responsible for monitoring institutions and facilities where people are or may be deprived of their liberty in Styria and Carinthia. The Commission is headed by Gabriele Fischer. The chart below gives you more information about the composition of the Commission.

    You can contact the Commission at kommission3@volksanwaltschaft.gv.at.

      

    Gabriele Fischer chairperson
    Odo Feenstra member
    Heide Glaser member
    Arkadiusz Komorowski member
    Claudia Schossleitner member
    Erwin Schwentner member
    Monika Stempkowski member
    Heidelinde WÖRÖSCH member


     

  • Commission 4: Vienna

    Commission 4 is responsible for monitoring institutions and facilities where people are or may be deprived of their liberty in Vienna (districts 3 through 19, 23). The Commission is headed by Ernst Berger. The chart below gives you more information about the composition of the Commission.

    You can contact the Commission at kommission4@volksanwaltschaft.gv.at

     

    Ernst Berger chairperson
    Andrea Berzlanovich member
    Karin Fischer member
    Helfried Haas member
    Hannes Lutz member
    Christine Pemmer member
    Nora Ramirez Castillo member
    Barbara Weibold member
  • Commission 5: Vienna and Lower Austria

    Commission 5 is responsible for monitoring institutions and facilities where people are or may be deprived of their liberty in Vienna (Districts 1, 2, 20 through 22) and Lower Austria (political districts Gänserndorf, Gmünd, Hollabrunn, Horn, Korneuburg, Krems, Mistelbach, Tulln, Waidhofen a.d. Thaya, Zwettl). The Commission is headed by Heinz Mayer. The chart below gives you more information about the composition of the Commission. 

    You can contact the Commission at kommission5@volksanwaltschaft.gv.at.

     

    Heinz Mayer chairperson
    Atena Adambegan member
    Lisa Alluri member
    Marlene Fetz
    member
    Sabine Ruppert member
    Katharina Mares-Schrank member
    Eveline Paulus member
    Jörg Schlechter member
    Gregor Wollenek member
  • Commission 6: Burgenland and Lower Austria

    Commission 6 is responsible for monitoring institutions and facilities where people are or may be deprived of their liberty in Burgenland and Lower Austria (political districts Amstetten, Baden, Bruck a.d. Leitha, Lilienfeld, Melk, Mödling, Neunkirchen, Scheibbs, St. Pölten, Waidhofen a.d. Ybbs, Wiener Neustadt, environs of Vienna). The Commission is headed by Franjo Schruiff. The chart below gives you more information about the composition of the Commission.

    You can contact the Commission at kommission6@volksanwaltschaft.gv.at.

     

    Franjo Schruiff chairperson
    Süleyman Ceviz
    member
    Margot Glatz
    member
    Corina Heinreichsberger member
    Siroos Mirzaei member
    Cornelia Neuhauser member
    Karin Rowhani-Wimmer member
    Regina Sitnik member
    Petra Welz member