Report “Preserving national minorities in Europe” (excerpt), 2021

Appendix – Specific case-studies examined in the context of this report [..] Latvia 1. Certain elements of the situation of national minorities in Latvia bear similarities to those in Ukraine. A majority – 62.1% – of the population identifies as Latvian, 26.9% as Russian, 3.3% as Belarusian, 2.2% as Ukrainian and the same proportion as … Continue reading "Report “Preserving national minorities in Europe” (excerpt), 2021"

Opinion on minority education reforms (conclusions and excerpts on specific laws), 2020

II. Preliminary remarks [..] C. Recent amendments to the legislation on education in minority languages 1. March 2018 amendments to the Education Law and the General Education Law 36. On 22 March 2018, the Saeima adopted amendments to the Education Law and the General Education Law, which foresee a gradual transition to instruction in Latvian … Continue reading "Opinion on minority education reforms (conclusions and excerpts on specific laws), 2020"

Opinion on minority education reforms (excerpts on background), 2020

II. Preliminary remarks [..] B. Background information 1. Linguistic situation in Latvia 10. According to the 2011 population census of Latvia, the ethnic Latvian population makes up 62.1% of the total population, which is approximately 2 million. The largest ethnic groups are Russians (26.9%), Belarusians (3.3%), Ukrainians (2.2%), Poles (2.2%) and Lithuanians (1.2%).1 1 “On … Continue reading "Opinion on minority education reforms (excerpts on background), 2020"

ECSR conclusions on Latvia under Article 31 RESC (excerpts on housing and Roma), 2020

Article 31 – Right to housing Paragraph 1 – Adequate housing The Committee takes note of the information contained in the report submitted by Latvia. It also takes note of the comments made by the “Association of owners of apartments and tenants of denationalized and municipal housing” and FIDH Latvian Human Rights Committee. [..] Measures … Continue reading "ECSR conclusions on Latvia under Article 31 RESC (excerpts on housing and Roma), 2020"