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The Catalan Ombudsman appoints Jaume Saura as General Deputy

The Catalan Ombudsman Parliamentary Commission has agreed to the Catalan Ombudsman's proposal and has confirmed Jaume Saura as General Deputy, replacing Jordi Sanchez. Mr. Saura is professor of International Law at the University of Barcelona and president of the Human Rights Institute of Catalonia. Among his tasks as general deputy, Saura must assist the Catalan Ombudsman in the exercise of his duties and perform the functions delegated to him, including those relating to the governance of the institution.
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Recommendations for the use of health data for research and confidentiality guarantees

The Catalan Ombudsman, Rafael Ribó, has conditioned the suitability of the Project of valorization of information of the Catalan health system (VISC +) to the fact that the mechanisms to ensure its proper use be extremely accurate. He also demands that measures be taken to protect the right to privacy and confidentiality enjoyed by patients. He notes that access to information would enable to shorten, in many years, the time required for research into new treatments.
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Specific and comprehensive approach of child trafficking for sexual exploitation purposes

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The Catalan Ombudsman, who has been made aware of possible shortcomings by the DGAIA (Child Protection Agency) regarding the approach, resources and training of their professionals, regrets that the Welfare Department is reluctant to provide information, and calls for more transparency on resources and allocated staff. He also calls DGAIA to ensure specialized training of professionals involved, to promote agents coordination and follow-up and to develop clear circuits headed to activate mechanisms of protection of children.
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Historical memory retrieval

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Some of the recommendations arising from complaints received about historical memory are a DNA bank of the missing ones be created, the money confiscated be returned to Republican families and Franco symbols be eliminated. A report of the Special Rapporteur of the United Nations, Pablo de Greiff, questions the idleness of the Spanish state to confront the past. The Catalan Ombudsman also warns of the need for education to avoid repeating what happened during the Civil War and the Francoism.
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The role of physicians focuses the debate on the International Day against Torture

The Barcelona Medical Association (COMB) hosted the Commemoration of the UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, held on June 26. In this edition, the event was organized by the Barcelona Medical Association in conjunction with the Catalan Ombudsman and the United Nations and it was focused on the role of the physician in detecting and preventing abuse of detainees in accordance with the Istanbul Protocol.
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