The Office of the Ombudsman participated in the thematic side event “MARIUPOL: (UN)LOST HOPE”. This event was organised by the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights and the President of the Italian Ombudsmen and Ombudsman of the Lazio Region, Mr. Marino Fardelli, in Rome. The event formed part of the International Ombudsman Conference taking place from September 21 to 22.
The event highlighted the significant challenges Mariupol, Ukraine, encountered during the conflict with Russia. A documentary, “Mariupol: Unlost Hope”, was showcased, presenting the personal experiences of Mariupol residents during the early days of the invasion. Through the stories of three women and two men, attendees gained insights into the difficult decisions and the realities of living through a conflict.
Expressions of solidarity with Ukraine and its people were a central theme. Speakers included the Ukrainian Parliamentary Commissioner for Human Rights, Mr. Dmytro Lubinets; the President of the Italian Ombudsmen and Ombudsman of the Lazio Region, Mr. Marino Fardelli; and the President of the International Ombudsman Institute and Ombudsman of Western Australia, Mr. Chris Field.
The Office of the Ombudsman in Malta, was represented by Mr. Paul Borg, Director General, and Mr. Jurgen Cassar, Head of Communications and Research.