The Ombudsman, Nawaf Mohammed Al Mo'awda, received the Kingdom of Sweden's Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Annika Soder, welcoming the first visit by an official Swedish delegation to the Ombudsman Office. The Kingdom of Sweden was the first country in the world to have its own ombudsman office since1809 as stipulated in the Swedish constitution.
Ombudsman Al Mo'awda briefed the Swedish minister about the independent Ombudsman Office which is the first of kind in the region created to receive complaints and to monitor reformatory and detention centres as part of booting human rights and humane treatment on the part of Interior Ministry personnel towards the public. He cited the Ombudsman Office's international cooperation in the areas of training and exchange of expertise, participation in international functions, in addition to its relations with the relevant international and European institutions and organisations that serve its functional and legal mission in the community.
He assured the Swedish minister about the Ombudsman Office's keenness on continuous communication with officials and diplomats at the international level to benefit from professional international expertise related to its domain.
The UAE-based Swedish ambassador accredited to the Kingdom of Bahrain alongside with the Head of Middle East & North Africa Department in the Swedish Foreign Ministry, Ann Dismorr, attended the meeting.
The Director of International Cooperation and Development, Ghada Hameed Habib, International Cooperation Specialist, Mariam Ahmed AbdelNoor, Legal Researcher in the Department of International Cooperation and Development, Mohammed Tawfiq, also attended the meeting from the side of the Ombudsman Office.