Concluding observations on Latvia (excerpt on Roma) CERD, 2018

18.The Committee is concerned about the reports of the high number of persons from ethnic minorities among the prison population, including ethnic Russians and Roma. (..)

19. Recalling its general recommendation No. 31 (2005) on the prevention of racial discrimination in the administration and functioning of the criminal justice system, the Committee recommends that the State party:

(a) Undertake a thorough analysis of the reasons for the high incarceration rates of ethnic minorities, including Russian-speaking minorities and Roma, with a view to addressing underlying concerns;

(b) Collect and publish statistics on the ethnic composition of the prison population at regular intervals;


22.While noting the positive efforts made by the State party, the Committee is concerned at the continued stigma and socioeconomic discrimination against members of the Roma community, especially Roma women, who continue to face discrimination in education, employment and access to services. The Committee is also concerned at the lack of a current national action plan on improving the situation of Roma, and that a post in the Office of the Ombudsman for a Roma consultant, tasked with promoting Roma integration, reportedly no longer exists.

23. Recalling its general recommendation No. 27 (2000) on discrimination against Roma, the Committee recommends that the State party:

(a) Take effective measures, including those in accordance with its general recommendation No. 32 (2009) on the meaning and scope of special measures in the Convention, with a view to enhancing the socioeconomic situation of Roma persons, including in the fields of education and employment;

(b) Take measures to address societal stigma and stereotypes against Roma persons;

(c) Adopt and implement a national action plan with timelines and concrete targets to eliminate the discrimination faced by Roma persons. Engage Roma communities and representatives in the design, implementation and evaluation of an action plan and consult with civil society organizations, especially those working on the promotion and respect of Roma rights;

(d) Reinstate the post of Roma consultant in the Office of the Ombudsman to help increase visibility and consultations with the Roma community on issues concerning them.

Document data: adopted 23.08.2018, public 30.08.2018. CERD/C/LVA/CO/6-12 Link: (also in Russian)

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