Portugal post issued a postage stamp to celebrate 40 years of Portuguese Ombudsman, the state body at the service of democracy, the Rule of law and fundamental rights.
The stamp features the artistic view of the office of Ombudsman and the citizens of the country.
The Ombudsman is an organ of the sole, immovable state, completely independent and impartial in the exercise of their duties, and endowed with parliamentary legitimacy.
The Portuguese Ombudsman (Provedor de Justiça) was created on 21 April, 1975 and is directly inspired by the Swedish Ombudsman born in the early nineteenth century.
In 1976 the Constitution and the law cut out the Ombudsman as an organ of the sole State, immovable, completely independent and impartial in carrying out its functions, and endowed with parliamentary legitimacy.
The main function of the Ombudsman is to defend and promote the rights, freedom and legitimate interests of citizens by ensuring, through informal means, justice and the legality of the exercise of public authority.
An Ombudsman investigates complaints, reports findings, and mediates fair settlements between individuals, group of individuals; and institutions or organizations.
Portugual Ombudsman Services provides an opportunity for informal discussion of problems and complaints outside formal channels. The Portugal Ombudsman listens, discusses, answers questions, provides information, and identifies options and strategies for resolving a conflict situation.
The Organizational Ombudsman has a good working knowledge and experience in their expertise field or industry.
The Portugal ombudsman is trained in dispute resolution and understands how to resolve situations before that become harmful confrontations.
Title: 40 years of Portuguese Ombudsman
Date of Issue: 15 July 2015
Denominations: € 0.45
Source: Portugal Post
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