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Office of the Ombudsman of Trinidad and Tobago

Creator Office of the Ombudsman of Trinidad and Tobago
Organization Type National human rights institutions
Organization Based In Trinidad and Tobago
Geographic Focus Trinidad and Tobago
Subjects National human rights institutions; Civil rights; Human rights (General); Ombudspersons
Summary The Ombudsman's Office was established solely for the purpose of giving assistance to persons who believe that they suffered injustices at the hands of public officers employed by Government agencies and departments. In short, the Ombudsman can best be described as a "grievance person" to whom a citizen can make a complaint with a view to redressing the mistakes, delays, rigidity and carelessness of the government bureaucracy. The role of the Ombudsman is both investigatory and advisory. In consequence of her investigations, she can make recommendations to Government departments and authorities. On failure to comply with her recommendations, she can report the matter to Parliament.
Languages English