The Council of the Interparliamentary Assembly of Member Nations of the Commonwealth of Independent States,
affirming its adherence to the ideals of protecting human rights and fundamental freedoms, and
considering unacceptable any forms of ethnic and linguistic discrimination,
expresses its deep concern on the ongoing violations of the rights of ethnic minorities in the Republic of Latvia, on the artificial continuation of a situation, when a significant part of population cannot obtain citizenship, is deprived of electoral rights and limited in the rights to choose a profession. This situation violates the principle of humanity, universally recognized international human rights law provisions and is contrary to the efforts of the international community to reduce statelessness and ensure respect to the rights of national minorities.
The Council of the Interparliamentary Assembly of Member Nations of the Commonwealth of Independent States also calls on the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of the Baltic Sea States to take steps for ensuring human rights in the Republic of Latvia.
Document data: 14.06.1998. The source of the Russian original: http://old.iacis.ru/html/?id=22&pag=281&nid=5
Publisher’s note. This is an unofficial English translation.