The Asian Ombudsman Association (AOA) was established on April 16, 1996 as a non-governmental, non-political, independent and professional forum for Ombudsmen in Asia. The idea to form the AOA surfaced In 1995, during the meeting of the Board of Directors of International Ombudsman Institute (IOI), where it was emphasized that Asia should organize a regional body for promoting the principles and practices of Ombudsmanship. Pakistan, supported by China took the initiative to establish the AOA and the then Wafaqi Mohtasib (Ombudsman) of Pakistan, Justice Abdul Shakurul Salam, was elected as the first Chairman of the Board.

The AOA currently has 34 members from 17 countries and is governed by a Nine-member Board of Directors.

AOA Objectives

  • To promote the concepts of Ombudsman ship and to encourage its development in Asia
  • To develop professionalism in discharging the functions of Ombudsman.
  • To encourage and support research and study regarding the institution of Ombudsman.
  • To sponsor training and educational programs for the institutions of Ombudsman in the region.
  • To provide scholarships, fellowships, grants and other types of financial support to individuals for study relating to the institution of the Ombudsman.
  • To collect, store, disseminate information and research data about the institution of Ombudsman.
  • To facilitate exchange of information and experiences among the Ombudsmen of the region.
  • To plan, arrange and supervise periodic conferences of the Ombudsmen of the Asian countries/regions.
  • To undertake such other matters necessary to further the above objectives of the Association.