Miscellaneous

Ombuds Institutions of the Kingdom meet on Aruba

GREAT BAY, The Ombuds institutions of the Kingdom of the Netherlands recently met in Aruba for their annual meeting. One of the topics discussed during the meeting was the Aruban Ombudsman. The process to appoint the Aruban Ombudsman is in an advanced stage and an appointment is expected during the first quarter of 2024. Another … Read more

Ombudsman attends International Ombudsman Conference in Rome

GREAT BAY, The Ombudsman of Sint Maarten, Gwendolien Mossel, recently attended an International Ombudsman Conference, which was held from 21-22 September, 2023 in Rome, Italy. The theme of the conference was: ‘The role of Ombudsman in the world: between reality and possibility’. The conference was organized jointly by the Lazio Region, the Lazio Regional Council … Read more

Ombudsman releases 2022 Year Report

GREAT BAY, The Ombudsman of Sint Maarten recently published the 2022-year report. In 2022 there were a total of 341 complaints handled of which 37 resulted in a report by the Ombudsman. The statistics show that a total of 304 general complaints came in whereby most complaints concerned the topics: Civil cases-labor dispute (27), police … Read more

Ombudsman Kingdom Conference on Poverty

PHILIPSBURG, At the end of November 2022, the Ombuds institutions of the Kingdom of the Netherlands met in Curaçao for their annual meeting. The annual meeting was preceded by a Kingdom conference on poverty organized by the Ombudsman of Curaçao, Keursly Concincion, in collaboration with his colleagues from Sint Maarten and the Netherlands, who all … Read more

Ombudsman facilitates symposia in the Turks & Caicos Islands

GREAT BAY, The Ombudsman of Sint Maarten, Gwendolien Mossel, assisted by the Secretary General, Randolf Duggins, recently facilitated two symposia held in the Turks & Caicos Islands on the topic: ‘the task of the Ombudsman and its role in society’. Ms. Mossel, who is currently the President of the Caribbean Ombudsman Association (CAROA), was requested … Read more

Ombudsman starts systemic investigation into KPSM/OM motor vehicle confiscation policy

PHILIPSBURG, The Ombudsman has initiated a Systemic Investigation into motor vehicle confiscation policy of  the Police Force of Sint Maarten (KPSM). The Ombudsman has received numerous complaints, some dating back to the year 2020, regarding the police force confiscating motor vehicles during traffic controls and/or for suspicion of the vehicle being stolen. Complainants allege that … Read more

Ombudsman elected as CAROA President

PHILIPSBURG, During the 11th Biennial Caribbean Ombudsman Association (CAROA) Conference the Ombudsman of Sint Maarten, Gwendolien Mossel, was elected as the new President of the Caribbean association for the period November 2022 – October 2024. As President of CAROA, Ms. Mossel will endeavor to strengthen the association and its influence within the region.         The theme … Read more

Ombudsman issues Notice of Termination in Over the Bank (OTB) Systemic Investigation

PHILIPSBURG, The Ombudsman recently informed the Minster of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment, and Infrastructure (VROMI), Mr. Egbert J. Doran, that she has refrained from further investigating the process used to re-allocate parcels in OTB in accordance with the National Ordinance Ombudsman. The National Ordinance Ombudsman establishes that the Ombudsman is not authorized to initiate or … Read more

Ombudsman publishes 2021 Annual Report

PHILIPSBURG, The Ombudsman of Sint Maarten, Ms. Gwendolien Mossel, recently published the 2021 year report. In 2021, a total of sixty-four (64) new complaints were filed and two (2) systemic investigations were initiated by the Ombudsman. The ministries accounted for sixty (60) complaints: VROMI (32), TEZVT (5), Justice (4), Finance (4), ECYS (4), AZ (4), VSA … Read more

Ombudsman concludes Systemic Investigation into the tendering and awarding process of the Solid Waste Collection 2021-2026

PHILIPSBURG, Ombudsman Gwendolien Mossel recently concluded the Systemic Investigation intothe tendering and awarding process of the Solid Waste Collection 2021-2026.After providing a Preliminary Findings Report (PFR) on 11 April 2022, the Final Report (FR) was submitted on 27 June 2022 to the Minister of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment, and Infrastructure (VROMI). Shortly after the awarding … Read more