High Commissioner for Human Rights statement to the HRC 31st session (excerpt), 2016

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I welcome the legislative amendments in Latvia and Estonia which enable the children of non-citizens to receive citizenship automatically. This will be a relief to many members of the Russian-speaking minority. I further encourage the respective Governments to continue their efforts to address the issue of statelessness or non-citizenship through a comprehensive follow-up to the recommendations from UN human rights mechanisms.

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Document data: 10.03.2016 Link: https://ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=17200&LangID=E

Publisher’s note: in fact, the amendments of 2013 to the Citizenship Law (Latvia) have simplified access to citizenship for non-citizens’ children. However, they did not provide an option of receiving it automatically, falling short of numerous international recommendations. The persistence of the problem can be seen from later international recommendations, like those of CERD and of FCNM Advisory Committee in 2018.

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