The Chamber of Representatives
The Chamber and the Senate make up the federal legislature.
The Chamber oversees the Federal Government. Only the Chamber can call the government or one of its ministers to order and, if necessary, issue a vote of no confidence in the government.
An ombudsman is a person who mediates in complaints procedures and makes recommendations to avoid repetitions of mistakes and failings. You can contact the ombudsman when you feel that a public body or private entity has treated you unfairly.
There are ombudsmen for the public services of the Federal State, the Regions, the Communities and some cities and municipalities. Some state companies operating in private sectors, as well as some private bodies, also have an ombudsman.
The Centre for Equal Opportunities and Opposition to Racism
The Centre's task is to promote equality of opportunity and to combat all forms of discrimination, exclusion, restriction or preferential treatment based on: a so-called race, skin colour, descent, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, marital status, birth, wealth, age, religion or ideology, present or future state of health, disability or physical characteristics.
The Council of Europe
The Council of Europe was established on 5 May 1949 to defend human rights, parliamentary democracy and the rule of law, to conclude treaties at European level with a view to harmonising the legal and social practices of Member States and to promote awareness of a European identity based on shared values that transcend cultural differences.
Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT)
The European Convention on Human Rights provides for the non-judicial protection of persons who have been deprived of their freedoms. This mechanism is based on a system of visits by the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT). The Secretariat of the CPT is part of the Council of Europe Directorate General of Human Rights.
Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI)
ECRI is an independent human rights monitoring body within the Council of Europe that specialises in the fight against racism, discrimination, xenophobia, anti-Semitism and intolerance. ECRI's action covers all necessary measures to fight against violence, discrimination and prejudice faced by persons or groups of persons as a result of their race, colour, language, religion, nationality or national or ethnic origin.
Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (CACOLE)
CACOLE is a national association of bodies responsible for the oversight of the Canadian police forces. It is dedicated to advancing the concept, principles and application of civilian oversight of law enforcement throughout Canada.
Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (NACOLE)
NACOLE is a non-profit organisation brings together individuals and agencies working to establish or improve oversight of police officers in the United States.