OSCE/ODIHR Opinion on the Draft Law Amending and Supplementing the Ombudsman Act of
Bulgaria

TABLE OF CONTENTS
I. INTRODUCTION ......................................................................................... 3
II. SCOPE OF REVIEW ................................................................................... 3
III. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY ........................................................................... 4
IV. ANALYSIS AND RECOMMENDATIONS ............................................... 5
1. International Standards on National Human Rights Institutions .............................. 5
2. Mandate ........................................................................................................................... 7
2.1. Promotion of Human Rights ................................................................................................ 7
2.2

Extension of the Mandate to Acts and Omissions of the Private Sector .............................. 7

2.3

Protection of Citizens and Other Natural Persons .............................................................. 8

3. The Power to Encourage the Ratification of International Instruments ................... 9
4. Selection and Appointment ............................................................................................ 9
4.1

Selection and Appointment of the Ombudsman and the Deputy Ombudsman .................... 9

4.2

Selection of Staff ................................................................................................................ 12

5. Pluralism in Decision-Making Processes .................................................................... 12
6. Adequate Funding of the Institution ........................................................................... 13
6.1. General Remarks ............................................................................................................... 13
6.2. Specific Budget for the Ombudsman as a National Preventive Mechanism ..................... 14

7. Specific Provisions pertaining to NPM ....................................................................... 15
8. Other Comments ........................................................................................................... 15

Annex:

Draft Law Amending and Supplementing the Ombudsman Act

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