Memeti: We still have dysfunctional and politicized institutions

Skopje, 30 March, 2017 - 18:08 (META) 

We still have politicized and dysfunctional institutions that implement party agendas, said today the National Ombudsman, Idzet Memeti, at the presentation of the annual report on the Degree of Provision, Respect, Advancement, and Protection of Human Rights and Freedoms, in 2016, reports “Nova TV“.

According to Memeti, last year, in the sphere of respect and the protection of human rights, there was not any progress, but, on the contrary, there was stagnation and regression.

Due to interference in the work of the Ombudsman by the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, the Health Ministry, Interior Ministry, Ministry of Justice and the Public Revenue Office, the Ombudsman failed to implement full procedures for the protection of the rights of citizens, noted Memeti.

He noted that prisoners still reside in extremely inhumane conditions and are constantly denied their right to health care. He added that in their findings, they discovered that excessive force was used by prison guards, and the regular police while arresting activists protesting in the “Colourful Revolution”.

Last year, the Ombudsman worked on 4.718 cases, of which 3.775 were initiated after complaints were received and 37 cases were opened on the initiative of the Ombudsman.

Ombudsman: Attempts to politically involve students must stop

Skopje, 16 March, 2017 - 18:02 (META) 

Today, in a statement the Ombudsman of the Republic of Macedonia, expressed serious concern regarding attempts to involve children in protests which are being organized in cities across the country.

The Ombudsman also condemns the management’s approach in schools and calls on the school committees, Mayors, the State School Inspectorate and the Ministry of Education immediately, each of them within their own field, to take appropriate measures against those who distress or allow schools to influence and cause agitation and attempts to politically involve students.

These occurrences, said the statement by the Ombudsman, goes against the Law on Secondary Education, which forbids political and religious organization and activity in schools.

Ombudsman calls upon political parties to stop abusing institutions

Skopje, 27 March, 2016 - 20:57 (META) 

The Ombudsman, Izet Memeti said that Friday’s police operation in Aracinovo and Lipkovo was intended to intimidate the population and added that yesterday’s statement by Interior Minister Oliver Spasovski sounder as if he was confused, reports “Alsat-M“.

According to Memeti it is unacceptable that for the last few days there has been police operations, as the people know whats going on.

“It is very easy to create doubts in the citizens, this is done for political reasons or is nationally motivated. It’s really bad for Macedonia as we have a fragile society where all trust in institutions has been lost”, said Memeti and urged officials to stop using police forces for their own political purposes.

According to Memeti the police operations in Aracinovo and Lipkovo were the result of fighting the between the government and the opposition in the interim government. He said that both parties came out with systematic and confused statements because they abused the institutions for political purposes.

Memeti: All initiative from citizens is legitimate

Skopje, 21 September, 2015 - 15:55 (META) 

The Ombudsman considers it legitimate to collect signatures for determining the status of a law proposing amnesty for prisoners and sees an obstacle to be given the opportunity to implement such a democratic right.
Ombudsman recalls its recommendations for reducing overcrowding, and improvement of the health services, and correctional facilities, he also calls for appropriate and timely health care, and to improve the work of the re-education and the re socialization of criminal offenders. He also believes that his office has always focused on the rights of its citizens and their initiative.