Ombudsman of Benin

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The Mediator of the Republic of Benin is an institution which corresponds to the Ombudsman. It exists from 2004.


[edit] History of the Mediator of the Republic of Benin

The function has been created under the regime of the General Mathieu Kérékou. In the explanatory memorandum, the government of President Yayi Boni was inspired by the provisions of Article 98, 13th indent of the constitution of December 11, 1990 in order to include the Mediator in his actions program for the period 2002 to 2006 as a facilitator in the management of social-political crises.

Article 1 of Decree No 2004 - 299, May 20, 2004 - defines the Ombudsman as a gracious intercessor between the administration and users of the public service. As an independent authority, the Ombudsman of Benin is, according to the ones who have initiated his function, an original solution to resolve conflicts that oppose citizens with the public service, the social and professional entities with the government, as long as no jurisdiction appears competent for the resolution of these conflicts.

The first Ombudsman, Albert Tévoédjrè, has been appointed on July 28, 2006.

[edit] On-Going Formation

Albert Tévoédjrè and his associates have attended a two-days training on January 30 & 31, 2007 at Possotomé in the province of Mono. The participants imbued themselves with the Decree which has created the institution of the Ombudsman and its implications.

[edit] Activities

In 2007, the organization has recorded 232 recourses against 541 in 2008. It should be noticed that most of the complaints relate to domanial disputes, conflicts related to unjust dismissals, conflicts regarding the management or evolution of careers, requests for assistance to obtain administrative documents, destruction of houses and various other cases.

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