Laws and Guidelines in Latvia

The Constitutional Court of the Republic of Latvia

When thinking about regulation regarding people living with dementia and their care in Latvia you have to remember several aspects that will be discussed in this sequence:

  • The constitution of the Republic of Latvia is called Satversme - it is explaining human rights in the most basic form and is most often referred to when discussing human rights violations. However, it is a historical document that is open to interpretation.
  • Other laws further explain what each right means and specify what is allowed or prohibited. They have been either created or edited in compliance with international documents that you learned about in the sequence "International Laws and Guidelines".
  • Latvian parliament or Saeima has ratified two international documents that can be considered as the basis for care of people with dementia - Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms
  • You can always visit Human Rights Guide to learn more about human rights in Latvia and what are your obligations!
  • The Ombudsman of the Republic of Latvia is the person that makes sure that actions and regulations of the state and municipal institutions are in compliance with human rights. To prevent human rights violations the Ombudsman has the right to visit a list of institutions without a notice - including social care homes

Considering that laws can be quite confusing and complicated to understand each page of this sequence offers you a short description of some of the most important laws guiding care for people living with dementia, brings out the main points of them and provides you with a link to view the actual document.

National and International Context The Constitution of the Republic of Latvia Disability Law Law on Social Services and Social Assistance Requirements for Social Service Providers

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