The Administrative Commissioner was elected to the Board of Directors of the International Institute of Mediators – The only woman in the Council
The Commissioner for Administration and Protection of Human Rights, Maria Stylianou– ;Lottidis, was elected to the Board of Directors as one of the Directors of the European Region of the International Ombudsman Institute – IOI Europeand as the only woman on the Council.
As stated in an announcement by the Office of the Commissioner, in a recent election process for the nomination, by secret ballot, of the seven directors of the Board of Directors of the IOI European Region, in which they participated in addition to the 90 Ombudsmen/Commissioners and Human Rights Institutes that fall under the European Region of the IOI, Ms. Lottidi was elected as one of the Directors of the Board of Directors of the IOI European Region.
The election for the first time of a Cypriot Commissioner to the Board of Directors of the European Region of the International Institute of Mediators, is an important moment for the institution of the Commissioner of Administration for the country which in this way increases its influence in European affairs and the imprint of Cyprus as a European state of law, states the Office, adding that this also demonstrates “the international recognition of the work carried out by the institution of the Administrative Commissioner and his dedication to the defense of human rights in the Republic of Cyprus and the defense of good administration and the principles of the rule of law”. .
According to the announcement, the International Institute of Ombudsmen (IOI) was established in 1978 and is the pre-eminent global cooperation organization of more than 200 independent institutions of Ombudsmen/Commissioners from more than 100 countries worldwide.
The IOI (International Ombudsman Institute) is organized into six Regions (Africa, Asia, Australasia and the Pacific, Europe, the Caribbean and Latin America and North America).
Each Region of the IOI aims, among others, in the promotion of regional participation in the activities of the IOI, in the decentralization of the work and actions of the IOI,
The main objective of the Regions of the IOI is the promotion and assurance by the Directors of the region (Board of Directors) the protection of human rights, and good governance, as well as the basic principles of the IOI, namely, independence, objectivity and justice.
Furthermore, the IOI promotes cooperation with international partner organizations, the development of capacities through conferences, trainings and the exchange of good practices among its members, the provision of practical support to Ombudsmen/Administration Commissioners who are under threat or operating under adverse conditions, as well as the provision of expertise in matters of good governance and the rule of law.