PHILIPSBURG….April 25th 2014. The International Ombudsman Institute in its news bulletin 16/2014 informed its members of the recognition of Ombudsman work in South Africa by Time Magazine which underscores the importance of the Ombudsman institution in a democracy (see attached ). Ms. Thuli Madonsela has participated twice as a speaker in Conferences on Curaçao, at which time the Ombudsman of Sint Maarten, Dr. Nilda Arduin, was privileged to meet her. Dr. Arduin was inspired to learn firsthand from her best practices and her achievements.
Congratulating the Ombudsman of South Africa on this achievement and placing Ombudsman work in the spotlight, Dr. Nilda Arduin, cares to draw the attention of our young government to this important milestone, and be once more alerted of the potential of the Ombudsman institution as a partner in promoting good governance, thus strengthening constitutional democracy.