The Office of the High Commissioner for the Protection of Rights took part remotely in the annual seminar organised by the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) on 18 October 2021. The event is aimed at organisations promoting equality in the 47 Council of Europe member states. The 2021 edition focused on the rights of LGBTI individuals.
Having been asked by the President of the National Council to offer an opinion on reworking or adding to some of the provisions in Act No. 1.357, dated 19 February 2009, defining the right to buy contract (“habitation-capitalisation”) in the state-owned housing sector, Anne Eastwood presented her findings on 20 September at a working meeting held at the National Council.
The National Council has just published an opinion issued urgently by the High Commissioner for the Protection of Rights which proposes to make Covid-19 vaccination a legal requirement in the Principality for professionals working in healthcare institutions and care or residential homes for the elderly or disabled, as well as for individuals working in contact with vulnerable persons.
Monaco’s High Commissioner took part in an international webinar held on 7 April, to discuss the recent adoption by the United Nations General Assembly of Resolution no. 75/186 on “the role of Ombudsman and mediator institutions in the promotion and protection of human rights, good governance and the rule of law”.
The High Commissioner appeared before the National Council on 7th of april, as part of the process of considering two bills: one on reforms to civil procedure (bill number 1.028) and one on promoting and protecting women’s rights by changing and repealing obsolete and unequal provisions (bill number 1.029).
To ensure that there is no detrimental impact on the relationship between public services and their users as a result of the health crisis, the authorities took the decision to temporarily suspend the administrative deadlines for individuals to complete some procedures, as well as those imposed on government departments for responding to certain requests.
On 25 February 2020, the Principality reached an agreement with France that officially entrusts the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Regional Directorate for the Environment, Development and Housing (DREAL PACA) with carrying out, on behalf of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Office, approvals for single vehicles that are to be registered in Monaco.
On International Women’s Day 2020, Anne Eastwood was awarded the FLMM Prize for her role as the High Commissioner for the Protection of Rights, Liberties and for Mediation by the Femme Leaders Mondiales Monaco association, which undertakes numerous initiatives to promote the position of women in society.
On 23 and 24 October 2019, the High Commissioner took part in a joint conference held by the Association of Ombudsmen and Mediators of La Francophonie and the Parliamentary Assembly of La Francophonie in Rabat (Morocco) to mark the thirtieth anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. The theme for the conference was: “Children’s Rights: A Priority for Parliamentarians and Mediators from La Francophonie”.
To mark the 25th anniversary of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI), Anne Eastwod took part to the High-Level Conference organised under the French Chairmanship of the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers on 26 and 27 September. The theme for the conference was “On the road to effective equality – New responses to racism and intolerance needed ?”
On 16 January 2019, the High Commissioner and her team were delighted to welcome Ms Céline Cottalorda to the office for a working meeting. The meeting provided an opportunity to discuss important issues relating to violence and discrimination against women in the Principality, particularly in light of the complaints that have been submitted to the Office of the High Commissioner over the last five years.
The 10th Conference of the Association of Ombudsmen and Mediators of La Francophonie was held from 6 to 9 November 2018. Over the four days, independent mediation and human rights institutions from 37 French-speaking countries met first in Brussels and then in Namur. Monaco, through the Monegasque High Commissioner for the Protection of Rights, joined the AOMF Executive Board during the Conference.
The High Commissioner has taken part in a High-Level Symposium on the theme “Violence against Children in the Context of the Family and School”. The programme covered not just maltreatment, but also “ordinary educational violence”, referring to the physical or psychological abuse commonly inflicted on children for disciplinary reasons or as punishment.
At the invitation of Mr Maurizio Foglino, President of the Associazione Nazionale Forense of San Remo, the High Commissioner gave a presentation of the Office of the High Commissioner for the Protection of Rights, Liberties and for Mediation to a large audience of lawyers in the formal surroundings of San Remo Town Hall on 20 April 2018.
The High Commissioner received Tatiana F.-Salomon, President of the French association JamaisSansElles ("Never without Women") and Natacha Quester-Séméon, spokesperson, on the occasion of their stay in the Principality, for an informal discussion on the many initiatives taken by this movement to promote women's participation in decision-making processes.
The Office of the High Commissioner took part on 23 and 24 May, alongside her counterparts of the 47 member States of the Council of Europe, to the annual seminar of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance devoted this year to considering a draft revised version of ECRI's General Policy Recommendation No. 2, on specialised bodies to combat racism, xenophobia, anti-semitism and intolerance at the national level.
As part of monitoring of the Principality of Monaco’s implementation of the Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence, a delegation from the Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO) visited the High Commissioner.
At the invitation of the High Commissioner for the Protection of Rights, Liberties and for Mediation, who joined the network in October 2015, from 19 to 21 October 2016 the Principality hosted a meeting of the governance bodies of the Association des Ombudsmans et Médiateurs de la Francophonie (AOMF, Association of Mediators and Ombudsmen of La Francophonie) and an expanded seminar for the organisation.
As part of a process of sharing best practices with her peers, the High Commissioner travelled to Luxembourg for a study visit on 7 and 8 July. The visit was undertaken at the invitation of Ms Lydie Err, Mediator of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, and Mr René Schlechter, Chair of the Ombuds-Committee for the Rights of the Child (ORK).
This year, the Department of Health and Social Affairs organised the 4th Monegasque Meeting on Disability, with the theme "The Law on Disability, One Year On". To mark the occasion, the High Commissioner and the Prince's Government have come together to publish a leaflet, designed to inform people with disabilities about their rights and how to exercise them.
On 15 March 2015, H.S.H. Prince Albert II officially inaugurated the Office of the Monegasque High Commissioner for the Protection of Rights, Liberties and for Mediation on the occasion of the institution’s installation in its new premises located at Bloc A, Les Jardins d’Apolline, in Monaco's La Condamine district.
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