Welcome to the website of the Caribbean Ombudsman Association (CAROA), a member-based organization of Ombudsman offices in the region.
In this site you will find:
- brief information about the role of the Ombudsman (also called Complaints Commissioner in some islands)
- the history, objectives and Constitution of CAROA
- information about each CAROA member office
- international agreements and UN Resolutions relevant to the Ombudsman role
- photo gallery and programs from recent conferences
- Guyana was the first country to establish an ombudsman institution in the region, and probably in the entire developing world, in 1966 (1966 constitutional provision, commenced operations in 1967).
- Trinidad and Tobago (1976 constitutional provision, 1977 legislation)
- Jamaica (1978 legislation)
- Barbados (1980 legislation)
- Saint Lucia (entitled Parliamentary Commissioner, 1978 constitutional provision, commenced operations in 1981, 1982 legislation)
- Antigua and Barbuda (1981 constitutional provision, 1994 legislation, commenced operations in 1995)
- Belize (1994 legislation; commenced operations in 1999)
- Haiti (established a Protecteur du Citoyen (ombudsman) after its return to democracy at the end of 1994)