B. Positive aspects
3. The Committee welcomes the State party’s initiatives to revise its legislation in areas of relevance to the Convention, including the:
(a) Adoption of Citizenship Law that simplifies the naturalization procedures, in particular for children under 15, in 2013;
(j) Law adopted by Parliament on the “Discontinuation of the Non-Citizen’s
Status for Children” which will enter into force in January 1, 2020, in 2019;
C. Principal subjects of concern and recommendations
Situation of asylum seekers and non-citizens
30. While taking note of the adoption of the new Asylum Law in 2015, the Committee is concerned that asylum seekers continue to be detained, that they may not have access to information about the asylum procedure and do not enjoy adequate procedural safeguards, in particular at border crossings. It is also concerned that the absence of free legal aid to enable asylum seekers to appeal refusal of entry or of registration as asylum seeker, which has to be lodged within 48 hours. In addition, the Committee is also concerned that all children of non-citizen parents are not automatically granted Latvian citizenship (arts. 2, 3, 11 and 16).
31. The State party should:
(e) Consider taking additional legal, policy and practical steps to facilitate naturalization and integration of non-citizens.
Document data: CAT/C/LVA/CO/6; adopted 04-05.12.2019 Link: https://tbinternet.ohchr.org/_layouts/15/treatybodyexternal/Download.aspx?symbolno=CAT%2fC%2fLVA%2fCO%2f6