National human rights institution in Latvia. Institutionally and functionally independent. We ensure that our society in Latvia becomes more aware about human rights (including children rights) and their protection mechanisms, as well as about good governance.
The activities of the Ombudsman are regulated by the Ombudsman Law, which was adopted by the Parliament (Saeima) on 6 April 2006 and Ombudsman’s Office of the Republic of Latvia was established in 2007.
Omb v udsman’s Office of the Republic of Latvia is an institutionally and functionally independent, wholesome, autonomous subject of public law that ensures operation of Ombudsman of the Republic of Latvia within the scope of competence stipulated in the Ombudsman Law and other regulatory acts.
Since 16 March 2016 Mr. Juris Jansons is the Ombudsman of the Republic of Latvia for the second term.
Representing victims of discrimination before the courts, Bringing proceedings in the name of the equality body [with or without an identifiable victim] but on behalf of one or more individual person(s) who consents to this.
|Employment||Gender, Gender Identity, Sexual Orientation, Race and Ethnic Origin, Religion or Belief, Age, Disability, Health Status, Social or Socio-economic Status|
|Education||Gender, Gender Identity, Sexual Orientation, Race and Ethnic Origin, Religion or Belief, Age, Disability, Health Status, Social or Socio-economic Status|
|Housing||Gender, Gender Identity, Sexual Orientation, Race and Ethnic Origin, Religion or Belief, Age, Disability, Health Status, Social or Socio-economic Status|
|Social Protection & Healthcare||Gender, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, Race and Ethnic Origin, Religion or Belief, Age, Disability, Health Status, Social or Socio-economic Status|
|Goods and Services|
Multi-mandate equality body
|Number of cases handled||69||54||45||45||49|
|Number of inquiries||9083||9937||8984||8577||8113|
|Number of litigation cases|
Single headed equality body (led by director or ombudsman/commissioner)
Ombudsman’s Office with the Ombudsman as its head has three legal divisions (children rights, civil and political rights; social, economic and cultural rights ), Administrative division and Communication division.
Ombudsman is approved by theParliament of the Republic of Latvia (according to Ombudsman Law, Section 5). Nominations for Ombudsman are made by members of the Saeima. After nomination, members of the Saeima take a vote on the most appropriate candidate.
Other staffs are assigned by Ombudsman and other head positions, for example by Heads of Divisions (according to Labour Law and Ombudsman Law, Section 18).
If there is any other available position in Ombudsman’s Office, usually Office announces a vacancy. It is done with job advertisement (according to the Labour Law, Section 32) and information in our homepage. Advertisiment is published in “Latvijas Vēstnesis”, that is the official publisher of the Republic of Latvia. Advertisement is dated and after the final date, our human resources specialist (Assistant to the Ombudsman) starts job interviews (according to the Labour Law, Section 33). The candidate who is the most appropriate for the vacancy is hired for the work.
This institution does not have regional officies.
|Number of staff members working on equality||51|
|Operating budget in euros [ACTUAL]||1538950|
|Operating budget in euros [ALLOCATED]||1168500||1359280||1374960||1498310||1541030||1570200|
|Operating budget in euros for the parts of the organisation dealing with equality issues (all types of functions) [ACTUAL]|
|Operating budget in euros for the parts of the organisation dealing with equality issues (all types of functions) [ALLOCATED]|