Oct 26, 2014

Opening Ceremony

Welcome remarks Ambassador Theodor H. Winkler, Director, DCAF

Oct 26, 2014

Track 1: Social Media

Panel 1. Use of social media by and within the armed forces

Moderator: Dr. Hans Born, Deputy Head of the Research Division, DCAF

  • Mr. Hellmut Königshaus, Parliamentary Commissioner for the Armed Forces, Germany

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

  • Ms. Natia Katsitadze, Head of Justice Department, Office of the Public Defender, Georgia

Panel 2. Role of social media in ombuds institutions for the armed forces

Moderator: Ms. Maija Sakslin, Deputy Parliamentary Ombudsman, Finland

  • Mr. Armen Grigoryan, Deputy Ombudsman for Military Affairs, Human Rights Defender of the Republic, Armenia

  • Dr. Chemuta Divine Banda, President, National Commission on Human Rights and Freedoms, Cameroon (French)

  • Lieutenant Colonel Dominique Peeters, Complaints Officer, Ministry of Defence, Belgium 

Oct 26, 2014

Track 2: Image of the Armed Forces in Society

Panel 3. Standing of the armed forces in society: issues and strategies for improving their image

Moderator: Mr. Christian Giner, Controller General of the Armed Forces, Superior Council for Military Function, France

  • Mr. Emmanuel Jacob, President, European Organisation of Military Associations (EUROMIL)

  • Mr. Moustapha Elhadji Kollo, Technical Adviser, Ombudsperson, Niger

  • Mr. Boško Šiljegović, Parliamentary Military Commissioner, Bosnia & Herzegovina

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Oct 27, 2014

Track 2: The Image of Armed Forces in Society

Panel 4. Role of  ombuds institutions in shaping the image of the armed forces

Moderator: Mr. Joseph Perez, Chief, Assistance & Investigations, Headquarters, United States European Command

  • Mr. Jean-Albert Andrianasolo, Deputy Ombudsperson, Madagascar

  • Lieutenant-General Ing. B.H. Hoitink M.Sc., Inspector General of the Armed Forces, Netherlands

  • Mr. Mamadou Chérif Thiam, Chief Mission Advisor, Office of the Ombudsperson, Senegal

  • Mr. Joseph Perez, Chief Assistance & Investigation, U.S.A European Command

Oct 27, 2014

Track 3: Capacity Building

Panel 5. Making complaints-handling mechanisms more effective

Moderator: Ms. Breda Bunič, Human Rights Lawyer, Undersecretary, Ministry of Defence, Slovenia

  • Mr. Geoff Earley, Inspector General of the Defence Forces, Australia

  • Ms. Oyunchimeg Purev, Commissioner, National Human Rights Commission, Mongolia

  • Mr. Brian Said, Senior Investigating Officer, Office of the Ombudsman, Malta

Panel 6. Maintaining and improving effective relations between armed forces and ombuds institutions

Moderator: Dr. Hans Born, Deputy Head of the Research Division DCAF

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

  • Mr. Bogdan Kryklyvenko, Head of the Secretariat, Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights, Ukraine

  • Ms. Alima Déborah Traore, Ombudsperson, Burkina Faso

Oct 27, 2014

Closing ceremony

Conclusions and adoption of the conference statement

Closing remarks

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