Non-discrimination Ombudsman, Finland

Kirsi Pimiä is Finland’s non-discrimination Ombudsman and a lawyer by training. Her work covers all discrimination grounds except gender. The Ombudsman also works towards improving the rights, living conditions and status of groups at risk of discrimination. She also supervises the removal of foreign nationals from Finland subjected to refusal of entry or deportation, and is the national rapporteur on human trafficking. Previously, she held many civil servant positions in the Finnish parliament, at the Prime Minister’s Office, at the Ministry of Justice, at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and at the University of Helsinki. Fundamental rights and human rights issues have always been important for her.