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LATVIA: Ombudsman’s Office of the Republic of Latvia

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. Evita Berke (e.:

Name of the Head of the equality body:

Mr. Juris Jansons

Contact Person


Mrs. Evita Berke


Main Informations


National human rights institution in Latvia. Institutionally and functionally independent. We ensure that our society in Latvia becomes more and more knowledgeable about human rights (including children rights) and their protection mechanisms as well as about good governance.

Brief history

The activities of an 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 Year 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)nonoyesyesyesyes
Activities aimed at supporting duty bearers such as employers and service providers (e.g. through trainings, guidance material, practical support, etc.)nonoyesyesyesyes
Communication activities (e.g. awareness raising campaigns)noyesyesyesyesyes
Recommendations on discrimination issuesnoyesyesyesyesyes
Publications and reportsnoyesyesyesyesyes
Research projects (including surveys)noyesyesyesyesyes
Our institution has a mandate to deal with:
  • Violence against women
  • UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)
  • Hate speech
Other statistics
Number of inquiries handled per year (all contact even if not resulting in a formal complaint)36012246109141164587798809
Number of cases handled per year (case files opened and processed according to your procedures)185355235234161106
Number of media appearances per year (major newspapers/magazines/websites/blogs, TV + radio channels) - does not include social mediano data20744272394620413141
  • Single headed equality body (led by director or ombudsman/commissioner)
Additional details

Ombudsman’s Office of the Republic of Latvia has three Law divisions (the right of children; civil and political rights; social, economic and culture rights ), one Administrative division, Communication division and Ombudsman with his Counsellor.

Procedure for nomination and appointment of management and board

Ombudsman is approved by Parliament 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 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 data3942424446
Grounds and fields of discrimination covered by the equality body
GroundsFieldsEmploymentEducationHousingSocial Protection & HealthcareGoods & ServicesOther
Gender Identitynonononono
Race and Ethnic Originyesyesyesyesyes
Sexual Orientationyesnononono
Religion & Beliefyesyesnoyesno

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 determines two principles – equality principle and non-discrimination. Non- discrimination principle includes more grounds than any law. In case 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 data59292171315870145411578841168500
We are accountable to:
  • National Parliament