3. Cases of disinformation, misinformation and hate speech [..] 3.1 ‘Colonialism’ by the West [..] According to a RAND report (Helmut et al. 2018), Russian actors are actively engaged in disseminating disinformation to Russian speakers in the Baltics, through a variety of means including traditional and social media. According to the report, in some cases … Continue reading "Disinformation campaigns about LGBTI+ people in the EU and foreign influence (excerpt), 2021"
The rights of linguistic minorities continue to be violated in the country. Thus, the Latvian government has banned the delivery of printed materials on vaccination against COVID-19 in Russian to residents. The scope of teaching in minority languages is decreasing. A «requirement of loyalty» (loyalty to the state) is being imposed on teachers and school … Continue reading "The Most Resonant Human Rights Violations in Certain Countries (excerpts), 2021"
I recently started a series of introductory meetings with the Latvian authorities. I am also planning to organize meetings with minority representatives in the near future. I had the opportunity to discuss issues related to the status of non-citizens and the naturalization process with the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs. While I commend Latvia … Continue reading "HCNM statement to the 1318th Meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council (excerpt), 2021"
On strengthening the Latvian language as the sole state language [..] A On the constitutional foundations of the Latvian language as the sole state language [..] B On the specific tasks in strengthening the status of the Latvian language as the sole state language [..] VI [..] The Russian language is a foreign language which … Continue reading "President’s letter to the Cabinet (excerpts), 2021"
C. Principal subjects of concern and recommendations Roma 14. While noting the State party’s efforts to facilitate access by the Roma to economic, social and cultural rights, the Committee is concerned that members of the Roma community continue to face stigmatization, and widespread discrimination, especially in access to public services (art. 2(2)). 15. The Committee … Continue reading "CESCR Concluding Observations on Latvia (excerpts), 2021"