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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