FCNM Advisory Committee 3rd opinion on Latvia (excerpt on ratifications & Latgalian), 2018

II. ARTICLE-BY-ARTICLE FINDINGS

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Article 3 of the Framework Convention

Personal scope of application of the Framework Convention

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Present situation

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31. The Advisory Committee notes the fact that in practice, citizens and “non-citizens” enjoy virtually equal access to rights, apart from the right to serve in the armed forces, the police and a number of other public offices, and to stand in elections or vote in parliamentary and local elections (see Article 15). The Advisory Committee considers that ratifying the Council of Europe Convention on Nationality would be a step in the right direction of bringing Latvian legislation in line with recognised European standards on citizenship.

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Recommendations

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39. The authorities should continue their dialogue with representatives of the Latgalian community with a view to more effectively promoting their language and culture, including by considering extending the protection of the Framework Convention – in particular as regards language rights – to this group.


Document data: ACFC/OP/III(2018)001; adopted 23.02.2018, published 15.10.2018 Link: https://rm.coe.int/revised-version-of-the-english-language-version-of-the-opinion/1680901e79 Also available in Latvian: https://rm.coe.int/3rd-op-latvia-latvian/16808d91ab

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