Annual Report

As part of the human rights functions of the Office of the Ombudsman, the Ombudsman must prepare a report on the status of human rights in Samoa for the previous year. The report must be prepared before 30 June every year. The report must include recommendations about reforms and other measures which could be taken to prevent or redress human rights violations; any action taken by the Government on previous recommendations; and any action taken by the Government to promote and protect human rights. The report must be submitted to the Speaker for tabling, following which the Legislative Assembly will refer the report to the parliamentary committee responsible for human rights. The parliamentary committee will scrutinise the report, including a submission of recommendations to the Legislative Assembly.

The first annual report will be due in mid-2014.