In order to fulfil its mandate of effectively preventing torture and inhuman treatment, the Parliamentary Ombudsman depends on good dialogue with the responsible authorities at the national, regional and local level. Regular meetings with official bodies, such as ministries, directorates and county governors, are an important element in the preventive work.
The Ombudsman also seeks to have a broad dialogue with relevant civil society players. A special advisory committee contributes advice and input to the National Preventive Mechanism’s work. Several formal and informal meeting structures are being established to obtain input from professional groups, research networks and academia, rights organisations and organisations for users or next of kin etc.
Sharing information about the conditions for people deprived of their liberty and increasing the general public’s knowledge about the challenges facing the different sectors are a priority area in the Parliamentary Ombudsman’s work. The Parliamentary Ombudsman’s staff attend many seminars and conferences in order to elucidate various issues related to the deprivation of liberty and obtain information from expert communities and increase our own knowledge and expertise.