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What is the Ombudsman?

The Ombudsman of the Republic of Latvia is elected by the Parliament.

The Ombudsman is the official in charge of protection of the rights of each and every inhabitant of Latvia.

The Ombudsman fosters legitimate actions on part of the State.

It means he/she keeps trace of compliance with the law by Governmental and municipal institutions.

Governmental and municipal institutions include, for example, ministries, state agencies, and foundations.

The Ombudsman is only subordinate to the law.

No one may intervene in the actions of the Ombudsman.

No interference is permissible either on the part of Governmental or municipal institutions.

More about the Ombudsman's Office
Tiesībsarga Jura Jansona portrets pie Latvijas Republikas karoga


Juris Jansons



Information on annual budget revenues and expenses

More about the budget of the Ombudsman's Office

Areas of Practice


Business and Human Rights


Children’s Rights




Civil and Political Rights


Basic Human Rights


Rights of People with Disabilities


Data Protection


Monitoring of Compliance with Rights


Inhuman Treatment


Rights of Prisoners

International cooperation

Ombudsman’s Office of the Republic of Latvia has received highest "A" status accreditation by the International Coordinating Committee of National Human Rights Institutions Sub-Committee on Accreditation.

Ombudsman's Office of the Republic of Latvia regularly cooperates with the United Nations, as well as with other international institutions such as the Council of Europe, the European Ombudsman and many others. The Ombudsman's Office is a member of several global and European networks.

International cooperation

Public participation

Cooperation with non-governmental organisations

The Ombudsman cooperates with different non-governmental organisations with experts of the specific areas. Thus, the Ombudsman has access to information to work with and give recommendations state-wise on implementation and development of different issues.

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