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Watchdog shares policies on fighting corruption

The head of the Anti-Corruption and Civil Rights Commission attended an international ombudsman meeting to share South Korea’s policies for handling civil complaints, the state-run anticorruption body said Wednesday.

ACRC chairman Lee Sung-bo introduced the organization’s e-People system at the board of directors meeting of the International Ombudsman Institute in Windhoek, Namibia, where representatives of ombudsman institutions in 91 countries across the world were present.

The e-People system, known in Korea as “Sinmungo” (Big Drum), allows people to submit petitions and policy proposals online.

“Introducing good policies of the ACRC at this meeting, where leading ombudsmen of the world are gathered together, will serve as a great opportunity to heighten the standing of the ACRC in the international community and to enhance ACRC’s exchanges and cooperation with other ombudsmen,” Lee said.

The chairman discussed ways to protect rights and interests of Korean nationals overseas, namely proposing a memorandum of understanding with the United States Ombudsman Association. He also held bilateral meetings with ombudsman organizations from the U.S., Australia and Thailand.

The meeting was held from Monday through Wednesday.

By Yoon Min-sik (