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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.

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Areas of practice

Children’s Rights

The rights of every child, regardless of language, nationality, socioeconomic status or other circumstances

#education #family life #violence #protection

Discrimination

Unequal treatment of a person without an objective reason

#equality #gender #disability #nationality #age #sexual orientation

Civil and Political Rights

The rights and freedoms of a person as an individual and as a member of society in a democratic state

#freedom #security #justice #elections #foreigners

Basic Human Rights

Rights and privileges afforded to individuals and society that are necessary to live in dignity

#home #aid #work #health #environment

Rights of People with Disabilities

Rights and mechanisms to protect people with long-term physical, mental, intellectual or sensory impairments

#accessibility #assistant #benefits #independence

Data Protection

Personal data may be collected, stored and used only within the scope of the law, ensuring the right to privacy

#privacy #dignity #photo #video #surveillance

Monitoring of Compliance with Rights

Mechanisms used and actions carried out to monitor compliance with rights

#prevention #inspection #good governance #recovery of assets

Inhuman Treatment

The law prohibits cruel treatment, torture and inhuman treatment anywhere, including in "closed institutions"

#violence #prostitution #forced labour #torture #humiliation

Rights of Prisoners

Fundamental rights to be guaranteed in places of detention

#rights #communication #security #privacy #prison

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