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Programme & Documents

Oct 20, 2013

Opening Ceremony

Welcome remarks


Olemic Thommessen, President of the Storting


His Excellency Ambassador Theodor H. Winkler, Director of the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces


Kjell Arne Bratli, Parliamentary Commissioner for the Norwegian Armed Forces


Corporal Grunde Almeland, Spokesman for the Conscript Soldiers, Norway

Oct 20, 2013

Track A: Veterans

Panel 1. Veterans: current status, challenges and future trends


Moderator: Theodor H. Winkler


  • Major General Robert Mood, Head of Veteran Affairs at Norwegian Defence

  • Tomasz Oklejak, Senior Specialist at the Department for Soldiers and Uniformed Services, Office of the Human Rights Defender, Poland

Panel 2. The role of ombuds-institutions in receiving and investigating complaints from veterans


Moderator: Ilmar Kikkas, Military Ombudsman, Estonian Defence Forces


  • Hellmut Königshaus, The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Armed Forces, Germany

  • Mr Saša Janković, Protector of Citizens (Ombudsman), Serbia

Panel 3. The way ahead for improving the role of ombuds-institutions in the area of veterans


Moderator: Ben Buckland, DCAF


  • Guy Parent, Veterans Ombudsman, Canada

  • Lieutenant-General A. van Ede, Inspector General of the Armed Forces, Netherlands

  • Hans Born, Deputy Head of the Research Division and Senior Fellow, DCAF

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Oct 21, 2013

Track B: Gender

Panel 4. The role of women in the Armed Forces: current status, challenges and prospects


Moderator: Paul Kiss, Head of the Office of the Austrian Parliamentary Commission for the Armed Forces


  • Elizabeth Broderick, Sex Discrimination Officer, Australia

  • Colonel Ingrid M. Gjerde, Infantry Officer, Former Commander of Norwegian forces in Afghanistan

  • Charlotte Isaksson, NATO Gender Advisor

Panel 5. Gender and ombuds institutions


Moderator: Jussi Pajuoja, Deputy Ombudsman, Finland


  • Dr. Susan Atkins, Service Complaints Commissioner, UK

  • Megan Bastick, Gender and Security Fellow, DCAF

Oct 21, 2013

Track C: Capacity Development

Panel 6. ICOAF, DCAF and International capacity building

Moderator: Hans Born, Deputy Head Research and Senior Fellow, DCAF



  • Lieutenant-General Themba Matanzima (Ret), South African Military Ombudsman, South Africa

  • Major-General (Ret.) Pierre Daigle, Ombudsman for the Department of National Defence, Canada

  • Riina Turtio, Research Assistant, DCAF

Oct 21, 2013

Closing ceremony

Closing of 5th ICOAF and special address by Mr. Bratli

Announcement of the Sixth International Conference of Ombudsman Institutions for the Armed Forces in Paris in 2014

Conclusions and adoption of the conference statement

Kjell Arne Bratli and the Parliamentary Commission for the Norwegian Armed Forces

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