Human Rights Ombudsman

Under the Constitution, the Republic of Slovenia has an Ombudsman. Photo: Arsen Perić

Under the Constitution, the Republic of Slovenia has an Ombudsman  whose responsibility is the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms in relation to state authorities, local authorities, and persons in public office. The Ombudsman is proposed by the President of the Republic and elected by the National Assembly by a two-thirds majority vote for a period of six years, and the possibility of another term. A two-thirds majority vote gives the Ombudsman the necessary legitimacy imperative for his/her work. The Ombudsman reports to the National Assembly annually. The annual reports have become an important reflection of the situation regarding basic human rights and freedoms in Slovenia. The law allows the Ombudsman or anyone else to initiate proceedings against violations of human rights.