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Ombuds Institutions
for the armed forces

The aim of International Conference of Ombuds Institutions for the Armed Forces (ICOAF) is to establish best practice and lessons learned related to the mandate, powers, and functioning of these institutions. ICOAF gathers representatives of Ombuds institutions for the armed forces from around the world.



DCAF - Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance supports ICOAF, which brings together representatives of Ombuds institutions from various countries with the purpose of exchanging information and experiences about the functioning of ombuds institutions. The objective of the initiative is to establish best practice and lessons learned related to the mandate, powers and functioning of these institutions.

News & Publications

11ICOAF in Sarajevo in October 2019

27-30 October 2019

ICOAF will take place in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2019. The new 11ICOAF website is now online. Check it out for more information about the conference!

New country pages

Individual country pages have been added to the website to provide an overview of those countries that have participated in ICOAF, and the different ombuds institutions that exist in these countries. There are over sixty currently listed.

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