Equality of opportunity and treatment irrespective of race, colour, national extraction or social origin. The Committee welcomes the detailed information provided by the Government regarding numerous recent projects implemented with minority non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to promote mutual tolerance and prevent discrimination based on ethnic origin, language, culture or religion. It further notes that since 2012, the Ministry of Culture, in cooperation with other authorities, has been implementing the National Identity, Civic Society and Integration Policy Guidelines 2012–18. With respect to the situation of the Roma, the Committee notes the creation of the Advisory Council for the Implementation of Roma Integration and the Government’s indication that special attention will be paid to improve the level of education of Roma children and their parents, since their low level of education constitutes a major obstacle to their access to employment. The Committee also notes that the Office of the Ombudsperson that has been cooperating with Roma NGOs to address discrimination against the Roma indicates, in its annual report of 2012, that the necessary measures to prevent Roma exclusion have not been taken. The Ombudsperson also provided recommendations such as the need to develop a specific action plan to improve the situation of the Roma and to involve representatives of the Roma community in all projects concerned. The Committee asks the Government to provide information on the assessment of and the results achieved by the initiatives taken to promote equality of opportunity and treatment in education, training, employment and occupation for minority groups, including the Roma. The Government is asked to provide information on the implementation of the National Identity, Civic Society and Integration Policy Guidelines and the project “Different People. Diverse Experience. One Latvia” mentioned by the Government, and the activities carried out by the Advisory Council for the Implementation of Roma Integration in the field of education for both adults and children, employment and occupation. Please also provide information on any measures taken to follow up the recommendations made by the Office of the Ombudsperson to address discrimination against the Roma.
Document data: adopted in 2013, published in 2014. Link: http://www.ilo.org/dyn/normlex/en/f?p=1000:13100:0::NO:13100:P13100_COMMENT_ID:3149594