CAT Concluding observations on Latvia (excerpts), 2019

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’sStatus for … Continue reading "CAT Concluding observations on Latvia (excerpts), 2019"

Constitutional Court judgment on private minority schools (excerpts), 2019

15.2. [..] The rights of the persons belonging to national minorities, which follow from Article 114 of the Constitution, are oriented to maintain a balance in the society, creating a friendly environment for preservation of minority languages, ethnic and cultural identity, and in the same time ensuring appropriate respect for the constitutional values and social … Continue reading "Constitutional Court judgment on private minority schools (excerpts), 2019"

Antisemitism – Overview of data available in the EU 2008–2018 (excerpt), 2019

Latvia Official data The Latvian government informed FRA that no antisemitic crimes were recorded in 2018 and 2017. In 2016, one case related to the desecration of Jewish graves was successfully prosecuted. No antisemitic crimes were recorded in 2015. Unofficial data No unofficial data were available at the time this report was compiled. Document data: … Continue reading "Antisemitism – Overview of data available in the EU 2008–2018 (excerpt), 2019"

UNHCR welcomes Latvia’s decision to grant automatic citizenship at birth to children of “non-citizens”, 2019

UNHCR welcomes the fact that Latvia’s Parliament has adopted legislative changes that will entitle children born after 1 January 2020 to parents who are considered “non-citizens” under the law to automatic Latvian citizenship at birth. Access to nationality, in particular for children, is a fundamental human right recognized in international legal instruments, including the Universal … Continue reading "UNHCR welcomes Latvia’s decision to grant automatic citizenship at birth to children of “non-citizens”, 2019"

Commissioner’s statement on language policies (excerpts), 2019

Promoting social cohesion through balanced policies on languages [..] The Advisory Committee on the FCNM has consistently emphasised, in respect of a range of countries, including Estonia, Georgia, Latvia, Moldova, North Macedonia, Romania, Slovakia, Ukraine and the Russian Federation, that policies on the use of languages should aim to reconcile the needs of different groups … Continue reading "Commissioner’s statement on language policies (excerpts), 2019"