The Ombudsman’s Office is financed from the state budget program 01.00.00 “Ombudsman’s Office”.
The purpose of the program is to promote the protection of human rights and promote the exercise of state power legally, efficiently and in accordance with the principle of good governance, as well as in accordance with the Constitution and international agreements binding to Latvia.
Main tasks include:
- resolving disputes on human rights issues, providing opinions to individuals and recommendations to institutions for the prevention of human rights violations;
- educating people about human rights and their importance;
- preventing violations of human rights and the principle of good governance, informing employees of state and local government institutions about the principle of good governance;
- informing the public about Ombudsman’s investigations which are of significant importance to the society;
- conducting research and analysing the situation of human rights, as well as providing opinions on current human rights issues;
- improving the capabilities of the Office of the Ombudsman to more effectively consider complaints, to reduce the time of consideration of inspection cases;
- making recommendations to the Parliament (the Saeima), the Cabinet of Ministers, municipalities and other institutions regarding the issuance or amendment of legal acts;
- ensuring effective monitoring of persons subject to forced return;
- continuing to develop the Ombudsman’s Office of the Ombudsman as an information centre on human rights issues;
- monitoring the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Convention on the Rights of the Child in Latvia;
- continuing cooperation with ombudsmen of other countries and international human rights organizations;
- performing the function of a national preventive mechanism.
Implementation of the Ombudsman’s recommendations in the last three years: