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Haiti: OAS Launches Initiative to Strengthen Office of Citizen Protection

By: Caribbean Journal Staff - January 14, 2013

Above: OAS Secretary General Jose Miguel Insulza

By the Caribbean Journal staff

The Organization of American States is set to launch an initiative aimed at strengthening the capacity of Haiti’s Office of Citizen Protection in the area of mediation, the regional body announced Monday.

The OPC, which is Haiti’s ombudsman’s office, is an independent institution under the country’s constitution; its aim is to protect citizens against government abuses.

The OAS will officially launch the initiative with a ceremony in Port-au-Prince Monday, during which representatives of the ombudsman offices of El Salvador, Haiti, Guatemala, Peru and Venezuela will share their experiences.

The initiative is being implemented in the framework of the OAS Mediation Capacity Building Project.

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