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Ombudsman's experience highlighted in the USA

Washington, Sept. 21. (BNA) – Secretary-General of the Ombudsman Nawaf Mohammed Al-Ma'awda participated in the 20th Annual Conference of the National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (NACOLE), held in the United States, under the theme "Building Community, Broadening Oversight". The conference attracted about 200 participants from the USA and other countries, including mainly Bahrain, Canada, Great Britain, Brazil, Austria, Belgium, and Norway and the Republic of Ireland. The conference provided a forum for the exchange of information and ideas regarding civilian oversight, as well as basic and intermediate-level skills necessary for effective oversight. Nawaf Al-Ma'awda delivered a statement in which he reviewed the experience of the Office of the Ombudsman in Bahrain since its official inauguration, regarding its duties of receiving complaints and monitoring reform and detention centres. He also cast light on the Ombudsman's annual report, issued last May. NACOLE is a non-profit organisation that is committed to bringing together individuals or agencies working to establish or improve oversight of police officers in the United States.