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Office of the Ombudsman

LATVIA: Ombudsman’s Office of the Republic of Latvia

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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.

Brief history

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.

Ombudsman’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.

Mandate type
  • Combined tribunal-type and promotion-type
Litigation powers
  • Representing in front of courts
  • Bringing proceedings in own name
  • Formally deciding on complaints (e.g. decision or recommendation addressed to the parties) Not legally binding
Activities aimed at supporting vulnerable groups (e.g. through trainings)nonoyesyesyesyesyesyesyesno
Activities aimed at supporting duty bearers such as employers and service providers (e.g. through trainings, guidance material, practical support, etc.)nonoyesyesyesyesyesyesyesno
Communication activities (e.g. awareness raising campaigns)noyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesno
Recommendations on discrimination issuesnoyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesno
Publications and reportsnoyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesno
Research projects (including surveys)noyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesno
Our institution has a mandate to deal with:
  • Violence against women
  • UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)
  • Hate crime
  • Hate speech
Other statistics
Number of inquiries handled per year (all contact even if not resulting in a formal complaint)3601224610914116458779908399378984no datano data
Number of cases handled per year (case files opened and processed according to your procedures)1853552352341611064357no datano data
Number of media appearances per year (major newspapers/magazines/websites/blogs, TV + radio channels) - does not include social mediano data2074427239462041314161526484no datano data
  • Single headed equality body (led by director or ombudsman/commissioner)
Additional details

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.

Procedure for nomination and appointment of management and board

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.

Number of staff dealing with equality issues
no data3942424446464651no data
Grounds and fields of discrimination covered by the equality body
Grounds / FieldsEmploymentEducationHousingSocial Protection & HealthcareGoods & ServicesOther
Gender Identityyesyesyesyesyes
Race and Ethnic Originyesyesyesyesyes
Sexual Orientationyesyesyesyesyes
Religion & Beliefyesyesyesyesyes

Other grounds : Access to housing is the same as access to services, thus Consumer Rights Protection law is used if particular group, for example, Roma is discriminated in access to housing. Constitution of the Republic of Latvia determines two principles – equality principle and non-discrimination. Non-discrimination principle includes more grounds than any law. If some law does not cover particular ground of discrimination, it is possible to prevent the violation of the prohibition of discrimination by the interpretation of the Constitution.

Mandate covers:
  • Public sector
Operating budget in euros
no data59292171315870145411578841168500135927913749561493307no data
Operating budget in euros for the parts of the organisation dealing with equality issues (all types of functions).
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We are accountable to:
  • National Parliament

Related News

The Equinet Handbook, prepared by members of Equinet’s Working Group on Gender Equality, aims to be a practical and useful tool for anyone who works on equal pay cases, guiding you to existing resources, data, partners and arguments that have been successful in the past. It has been translated by the Office of the Ombudsman into Latvian.


The Ombudsman’s Office of the Republic of Latvia has published their 2016 Annual Report in English.


The Ombudsman of Latvia translated the Equinet Handbook “How to build a case on equal pay” into Latvian. Drafted by Equinet’s Gender equality working group, the handbook was distributed to legal practitioners and legal magazines in Latvia.


The Ombudsman of the Republic of Latvia in cooperation with the Organization of people with disabilities and their friends “APEIRONS”, Society for persons with visual impairments “Redzi mani” of Riga, Society Integration found, the Latvian Association of the Deaf, Association for people with hearing impairments “” of Latvia and the Autism Society of Latvia has drafted the guidelines for employers on reasonable accommodation.


On 29th November 2017, the Ombudsman of the Republic of Latvia co-organised their annual CRPD conference, as well as an award ceremony for persons with disabilities and NGOs.


This summary of the Ombudsman’s Annual Report 2017 emphasises the main matters and issues that show systemic problems or are of particular importance for the public, at the same time giving an idea of the scope of work performed by the Ombudsman’s Office in 2017. Certain sections feature Ombudsman’s conclusions or theses regarding understanding of certain legal institute, if a problem has been established in relation thereto, as well as emphasise examples of good or bad practice with regard to the
implementation of recommendations of the Ombudsman of Latvia.


The 21st century family no longer relies solely on sexual or blood relations, but on how people choose their co-habitation. Marriage is not the only form of family. The Ombudsman of the Republic of Latvia calls for a unified understanding of the concept and protection of the family included in the Constitution (Satversme) and to provide a legal framework for recognizing various forms of family in Latvia.


In 2018 Ombudsman of the Republic of Latvia monitored all six hospitals in Latvia, where in-patient psychiatric treatment of children is provided. During these monitoring visits Ombudsman examined treatment and other conditions of children in these hospitals.


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General Contact Information

Full name in English:

Ombudsman’s Office of the Republic of Latvia

Full name in the national language(s):

Latvijas Republikas Tiesībsarga birojs

Postal address:
Baznicas Street 25, LV-1010, Riga, Latvia

General email address:
Telephone number:

+371 67686768



Languages in which your institution can be contacted:

Latvian, Russian, English

Person of contact for media enquiries:

Mrs. Laura Bagata (e.:

Name of the Head of the equality body:

Mr. Juris Jansons

Engagement with Equinet

Contact Person


Mrs. Laura Bagata