Published On: Wed, Apr 12th, 2017

The government does not respect the Ombudsman

ConcincionWILLEMSTAD - The government of Curaçao is not responding to published reports and complaints from citizens. This is according to Ombudsman Keursley Concincion.

He was yesterday in parliament to explain about this problem. According to the Ombudsman, the problem is structural. Only 5 percent of the number of complaints made by citizens receive attention, the rest never hears anything or do not get a response.

The legal status of the people who work at the Ombudsman has not been settled yet. There are even proposals to reduce salaries.

The Ombudsman said, during his presentation in parliament, that the government has no interest at all in this institution. Concincion gave several examples of cases that never received any response from the government. “When we are conducting our investigations, sometimes we have to call a civil servant to ask questions about their actions toward our clients. But the answer that we get is that they will not come to us, we have to go to them. In one case we even had one telling us that he is too busy,” said Concincion during his presentation.

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