Jointly hosted by the Inspector General of the Royal Netherlands’ Armed Forces, the National Ombudsman of the Netherlands and the Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance (DCAF), the 8th ICOAF took place in Amsterdam on 2-5 October 2016. The 8th ICOAF focused on the role of ombuds institutions for the armed forces in international missions. As was the case in previous years, the conference reached out to representatives of ombuds institutions for the armed forces from nearly thirty countries, representing both those countries contributing troops to international missions as well as countries receiving international missions. In addition, the 8th ICOAF benefitted from the participation of ombuds institutions from other actors, including those from international and non-governmental organizations, who also play a vital role in international missions. Through this conference, ICOAF has been able to further strengthen its function as a platform for promoting democratic oversight of the armed forces and preventing maladministration and human rights abuses.

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