The Parliamentary Ombudsman for the Norwegian Armed Forces was established in 1952, the first of its kind in the world. In 2021 the Parliament adopted a new law concerning the Military Ombud: The Norwegian Act on the Parliamentary Ombud’s Committee for the Norwegian Armed Forces. The Armed Forces Ombud is chair of the committee. Mr. Roald Linaker has been the Armed Forces Ombud since 2014.
The Parliamentary Ombud’s Committee for the Norwegian Armed Forces shall promote and protect the rights and interests of persons who have a duty of national service under the Norwegian Defence Act and persons who have served in international operations, and in its work also seek to contribute to increasing efficiency of the Norwegian Armed Forces.
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From 2 to 4 October 2022 The Parliamentary Ombud’s Committee for the Norwegian Armed Forces co-hosted the 14th annual International Conference of Ombuds Institutions for the Armed Forces (ICOAF).
93 participants from 37 countries came to Oslo to take part in the conference.
The First Vice President of the Norwegian Storting (the Parliament), Svein Harberg, and the Norwegian Defence Minister, Bjørn Arild Gram, gave opening speeches.