II Implementation of the Action Plan
1 Participation of Roma and Sinti in electoral processes
1.3 Participation of Roma and Sinti as candidates in elections
Progress regarding the participation of Roma and Sinti as candidates in electoral processes
In Latvia, the CEC provides statistics on the ethnicity of the candidates. However, many Roma candidates prefer not to declare their ethnicity. Two Roma candidates (1 man and 1 woman) from the political party From the
Heart to Latvia participated in the 2014 parliamentary elections. No Roma candidates participated in the local elections in 2017.231
231 Response to the ODIHR questionnaire from Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia, received 12 February 2018.
2 Representation of Roma and Sinti
2.1 Representation of Roma and Sinti within political parties and platforms
Roma and Sinti representation through mainstream political parties
Latvia indicated that there is no single political party that specifically represents Roma as an ethnic minority or a vulnerable group. However, the political party Unity continuously supports initiatives of the NGO Roma Culture Centre. Additionally, local authorities from the municipality of Jelgava who are representatives of the Green Farmers Party regularly support local Roma initiatives.267
267 Response to the ODIHR questionnaire from Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia, received 12 February 2018.
2.4 Consultative mechanisms
In Latvia, since 2016, the Latvian Roma Platform project, which aims to provide a platform for dialogue between all relevant stakeholders on the issue of Roma inclusion, has been implemented by the Ministry of Culture, with the support of the EU. Roma are also represented in consultative bodies such as the Minorities’ Consulting Council of the President of the Republic of Latvia, the Council supervising the implementation of Roma integration policy measures of the Ministry of Culture and the Consulting Council in Ethnic Minority Education Affairs of the Ministry of Education and Science.391
391 Response to the ODIHR questionnaire from Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia, received 12 February 2018.
Document data: 11.12.2018. ISBN 978-83-66089-29-7 Link: https://www.osce.org/odihr/roma-sinti-action-plan-2018-status-report?download=true