Ombudsman institutions, which are tasked with protecting individuals
against maladministration and human rights violations, have a crucial
role to play in consolidating democracy, the rule of law and human
rights. However, there is no standardised model for this institution.
The Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights believes that it
would be useful to establish common standards governing the functioning
of Ombudsman institutions and it is concerned that in many Council
of Europe member States, Ombudspersons have been subjected to threats.
Therefore, the committee welcomes the Venice Commission’s
adoption, on 15 March 2019, of the Principles on the Protection
and Promotion of the Ombudsman Institution (Venice Principles).
It recommends that the Assembly should endorse them, as the Committee
of Ministers has done. The Council of Europe member States should
ensure that the Venice Principles are fully implemented and take
all necessary measures to ensure the independence of Ombudspersons.
The Committee of Ministers could also set up a mechanism to monitor
the implementation of the principles.