Ombudsman's Office of Colombia

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Ombudsman's Office
Defensoría del Pueblo
Defensoría del pueblo (Colombia) logo.svg
Logo of the Ombudsman's Office
Agency overview
Formed December 15, 1992 (1992-12-15)
Headquarters Calle 55 № 10-32/46
Bogotá, Colombia
Annual budget COP$101,674,740,000
(est. 2007)[1]
(est. 2010)[2]
Agency executive
Parent agency Office of the Inspector General

The Ombudsman's Office of Colombia (Spanish: Defensoría del Pueblo) is the national government agency that is charged with overseeing the protection of civil and human rights within the legal framework of the Republic of Colombia.[3] The ombudsman, or People's Defender (Spanish: Defensor del Pueblo), is an official appointed by the President, and elected by the Chamber of Representatives of Colombia, to head this agency.[4]

The Ombudsman’s Office is funded through the Inspector General’s Office, but it operates independently in administration and budget.[5] In addition to its complaint-handling role, the Ombudsman is the national human rights institution, accredited with A status by the ICC.


  1. ^ Ejecucion Presupuestal 2002-2007 (PDF) (Report) (in Spanish). Defensoría del Pueblo. 2008-02-27. Retrieved 2008-11-28. 
  2. ^ Ley de Presupuesto General de la Nación 2010 (PDF), Ministry of Finance and Public Credit, 2010, pp. 46–47, retrieved 2010-08-18 
  3. ^ "Misión de la Defensoría del Pueblo" (in Spanish). Defensoría del Pueblo. 2007-06-05. Retrieved 2008-11-28. 
  4. ^ Congress of Colombia (1992-12-15). "Title I, Article 2, Law 24 of 1992" (PDF) (in Spanish). p. 1. Retrieved 2008-11-28. 
  5. ^ Congress of Colombia (1992-12-15). "Title I, Article 1, Law 24 of 1992" (PDF) (in Spanish). p. 1. Retrieved 2008-11-28. 

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