In 2012, the Mozambican Parliament, through the Committee of Petitions, undertook the process of reviewing the Petitions Law (Lei de Petições) and Parliamentary Internal Laws (Regimento) with the aim of simplifying citizens’ exercise of the right of petition to the Parliament. Through this exchange visit, the Mozambican delegation exchanged information and experience with their Swedish colleagues, since Sweden has a long-time experience in this matter and is a model to other countries being the first to establish an Ombudsman’s office in 1809. The delegation was headed by the Chair of the Committee Hon. Mário Sevene and composed of Hon. Latifo Ismael Xarifo, Hon. Luciano Andrè de Castro, Hon. Ana Antonia Dimitri, Hon. Ângelo Thai and Hon. Miguel Anlauè Mussa. The then Political Coordinator for the AWEPA Mozambique programme, Dr. Jan Nico Scholten was also part of the delegation. Hon. Sevene explained that in Mozambique this Committee is dealing with petitions put forward by all civilians, including foreigners, who reside in Mozambique. “We call this Committee the door through which citizens can go to Parliament” Hon. Sevene said. The delegation had several meetings in the Parliament, Municipality of Gävle, donor agencies Sida and Diakonia and other institutes such as the Federation of Swedish Farmers and Swedish Cooperative Centre.
Location: Stockholm, Sweden.