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of the Association of Mediterranean Ombudsmen

The AOM mission is the promotion and the defense of the fundamental rights in the countries of the Mediterranean basin. It allows to standardize the experiences and the initiatives of the various Ombudsman institutions for a collective enrichment, to strength the relations between the members, and the ties of cooperation.

The common goal is to disseminate the principles of democracy and good governance, to raise citizens’ awareness of their rights and obligations. The members commit to make visible their engagements relating to the defense of these rights and thus contribute to the construction of a fair and equal society.


Eighth AOM Training Session – Casablanca, 18-19 October 2017

The eighth training session of the Association of the Mediterranean Ombudsmen, jointly organized by the AOM and the Ombudsman Institution in the Kingdom of Morocco, was successfully held on October 18 and 19, 2017 at the Training and Exchange in mediation Center in Casablanca.

Dispensed to the collaborators of the Association’s member mediators, this session was an opportunity to discuss the theme of « the deontology of security forces and the rights of migrants during their migratory journey: the role of Ombudsmen institutions ».

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International Ombudsman Conference – Istanbul, September 25-26

In order to develop a common understanding and the cooperation among Ombudsmen and strengthen the role of Ombudsman regarding to the protection and promotion of rights of the citizens, ensuring the good governance, İstanbul International Ombudsman Conference held on 25-26 September 2017, at Swiss Otel the Bosphorus in İstanbul.

Association of Mediterranean Ombudsmen Executive and Governing Board Meetings also held within the Conference organization.

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AOM Governing Board – Istanbul September 26th

The AOM Governing Board will be held in Istanbul on September 26th, at the occasion of the International Ombudsman Conference organized by M. Malkoç, Chief Ombudsman of Turkey and AOM member.

 Programme of the Conference 


M. Francisco Fernández Marugán is the new Spanish Ombusdsman, since July 20th. Born in Cáceres on 6 October 1946, he was nominated as First Deputy of the Ombudsman on July 2012 and has served as a Member of Congress  throughout eight terms.
He received an Honours Degree in Economics from the Complutense University of Madrid and is a civil servant employed by the Senior Civil Service Administrators and State Tax Inspectors Corps.

He becomes the First Vice-President of the Association.


M. Zoran Pašalić, lawyer from Belgrade, was elected as new Protector of Citizens (Ombudsman) of the Republic of Serbia.
Mr. Pašalić was born in 1958. In his long career he worked on legal issues in number of companies, and as of 2003 started career as a judge.

Prior to the election as the new Ombudsman, Mr. Pašalić was President of Appellate Misdemeanor Court.


Following her election by the People’s Assembly of Albania, Mrs. Erinda Ballanca, the new People’s Advocate,  took oath before the Albanian Parliament and was introduced to the PA staff by her predecessor, Mr. Totozani, on Monday, 19 June 2017.

She becomes the President of the Association of the Mediterranean Ombudsmen.


Mrs. Maria Stylianou-Lottides assumed her duties as the Commissioner for Administration and Human Rights (ombudsman) of Cyprus, on April 20th 2017. She served as Counsel of the Republic at the Law Office of the Republic of Cyprus for about 15 years.
She is a member of the Cyprus Bar Association since 1998. She holds a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Athens and a graduate degree (LLM) in European Union Law from the University of Leicester.

She replaces Mrs. Savvidou as member of the AOM Governing Board.


The AOM went to Italy on April 25-26 to visit the Identification and Deportation Center of Ponte Galeria in Roma and the hotspot Trapani-Milo (Sicilia) in order to check the compliance of the living conditions of the migrants with the international standards.

The AOM made some recommandations to the authorities, NGO’s and…

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