COLOMBO (News 1st) – The Office of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration (Ombudsman) of Sri Lanka and Ombudsman Institution of Türkiye entered into Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 11 January 2023 in Ankara.The signing of the MoU took place on the sidelines of the International Ombudsman Conference 2023.The Ministry of External Affairs said that the main objective of the MoU is to focus on the role of the two institutions in Sri Lanka and Türkiye in the field of protection of human rights and remedies for injustices while protecting citizens from injustice and discrimination.Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) further creates organizational conditions for cooperation between the two parties in the field of protection of citizens’ rights, complaints and other activities related to the tasks and purposes of the work of each party and thus contribute to the protection of citizens’ rights and freedoms within the powers vested by legislations.The Memorandum of Understanding between the Office Ombudsman of Sri Lanka and Ombudsman Institution of Türkiye was signed in the presence of the Speaker of the Parliament of Türkiye Mustafa Şentop, Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Türkiye Hasanthi Urugodawatte Dissanayake, Ombudsman of Sri Lanka Justice (Retd.) K.
T. Chitrasiri, and Chief Ombudsman of Türkiye Şeref Malkoç. Ombudsman of Sri Lanka Parliament and Chief Ombudsman of Türkiye signed the MoU.The International Ombudsman conference 2023 under the theme “The future of Human Rights in the 21st Century” is funded by the European Union.
More than 70 Ombudsmen participated from different regions Asia, Europe, Africa and Middle East and shared the legal framework of Ombudsman in their own respective countries and their insights.