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Public Defender of Rights

October 26th 2011

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The institution of the Public Defender of Rights (Ombudsman) was founded in 2001. Its main task is to defend the good governance principles. In 2006 new competence was added: the NPM mechanism. Since 2009 the Public Defender of Rights is a universal Czech Equality Body. The Office of the Public Defender of Rights deals annually with approx. 7500 files, approx. 300 of them contain a discriminatory element. The Office has 100 employees.

The organisation is is a predominantly promotion-type and legal support body [1].

Contact details:

Postal address: Udolni 39, 602 00 Brno, Czech Republic

Telephone: +420 542 542 888

General email address:


Contact person for media enquiries:

- To find out more information about the grounds/fields of discrimination covered by the organisation, as well as its powers, activities and structure, please download the detailed profile below:

[1According to a European Commission study on Equality Bodies, predominantly promotion-type equality bodies “spend the bulk of their time and resources on a broader mix of activities that include supporting good practice in organisations, raising awareness of rights, developing a knowledge base on equality and non-discrimination, and providing legal advice and assistance to individual victims of discrimination” (page 44).