The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of Europe,
9. Considering the large number of Latvian residents who have no political or civic rights, reaching nearly 50% of the population in some cities, such as the capital, and having regard to the Preamble of the European Charter of Local Self-Government:
a) Believes that it is important to integrate these residents into the country’s democratic system and that local democracy offers a significant opportunity to achieve this;
b) Recommends that the Latvian parliamentary and governmental authorities recognise the people’s right to vote on issues within the competence of local authorities by acceding to the European Convention on the participation of foreigners in public life at local level.
Document data: 47(1998), adopted 28.05.1998 Link: https://search.coe.int/congress/Pages/result_details.aspx?ObjectId=09000016807195a6 Also available in Russian https://search.coe.int/congress/Pages/result_details.aspx?ObjectId=090000168071aa80