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Sweden sacks 'Super Ombudsman'

Peter Vinthagen Simpson · 1 Feb 2011, 12:43

Published: 01 Feb 2011 12:43 GMT+01:00

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"The fight against discrimination is the priority. A well-functioning Equality Ombudsman and strong legislation are therefore needed. With the appointment of a new authority head, DO and the work to combat discrimination, can be given a new start," said Integration Minister Erik Ullenhag in a comment on the decision.

Linna has been replaced, pending a new permanent appointment, by Håkan Sandesjö, previously director-general of the Aliens Appeals Board (Ulänningsnämnden - UN), which was replaced by the Migration Courts in 2006.

Katri Linna was appointed in July 2008 to head the newly created authority which united the offices of the Ombudsman against Ethnic Discrimination (DO), the Equal Opportunities Ombudsman (Jämo), the Disability Ombudsman (HO) and the Ombudsman against Sexual Discrimination (HomO).

The creation of a super authority has drawn criticism from some quarters for being unmanageable, and a staff survey in the autumn showed that moral was low, with more than a third claiming that they received no support or help from their immediate supervisor.

Furthermore nine of the authority's 85 staff responded that they had been subjected to harassment on the basis of gender or other grounds for discrimination, at work.

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Katri Linna will now be reassigned to work with mapping the abuses which Swedish Roma have been subjected to during the 1900s.

"Katri Linna, has an extensive and well-deserved trust among the Roma in Sweden, has extensive knowledge of the issues and is therefore well suited for the position," Erik Ullenhag said.

Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

14:34 February 1, 2011 by big5
Finally. Linna made the authority a laughing stock with her extremist ideology and poor leadership skills.
16:12 February 1, 2011 by Tanskalainen
Hey Katri Linna, let's go to Catalina!
19:28 February 1, 2011 by dizzy09
if the government is the watchman,"who watches the watchman?"
19:41 February 1, 2011 by pantheratigris
That still looks like a woman to me... (rolling eyes)
20:07 February 1, 2011 by Puffin
Not a surprise - so much criticism since they tried to make four into one
23:22 February 1, 2011 by DAVID T
what a sour face
05:30 February 2, 2011 by Zala Russe
It parallels what happened in the UK when they merged the Equal Opportunities Commision, Race Equality Commission, and Disability Rights Commission into a 'super-body' in 2006. An unmanageable disaster with widespread allegations of staff dissent. The losers? - the people of course!
09:16 February 2, 2011 by karex
Nonsense, I have seen good administrators manage a lot more than 85 people. The truth is, politicians make bad managers... They're professional a''-kisssers not administrators. Creating small independent and highly specific commissions to manage very similar areas is just over-inflating public services with more jobs to burn up more tax money, and provide the same bad quality service.

Time and time again cases relating to lack of funds in government agencies invariably end up being traced back to incompetent management. It's always more important to fund that seminar in some tropica paradise and other activities than it is to mobilize resources to investigate a descrimination case, for instance...
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