FCNM Advisory Committee 3rd opinion on Latvia (excerpts on religion & on Anti-Semitism), 2018

II. ARTICLE-BY-ARTICLE FINDINGS (..) Article 6 of the Framework Convention Protection against discrimination, hostility or violence on ethnic grounds (..) Present situation (..) 74. Freedom of speech contained in Article 100 of the Constitution and in international human rights treaties is a fundamental right protected by law in Latvia. Freedom of speech does not encompass … Continue reading "FCNM Advisory Committee 3rd opinion on Latvia (excerpts on religion & on Anti-Semitism), 2018"

FCNM Advisory Committee 3rd opinion on Latvia (excerpts on participation), 2018

I. MAIN FINDINGS (..) Participation and consultative mechanisms 24. Persons belonging to national minorities participate actively in the political life of the country. In the 2010 municipal elections, they successfully ran for office at all levels of local and national government and for executive posts of local mayors. Persons identifying with the Russian national minority … Continue reading "FCNM Advisory Committee 3rd opinion on Latvia (excerpts on participation), 2018"

FCNM Advisory Committee 3rd opinion on Latvia (excerpts on language learning), 2018

I. MAIN FINDINGS (..) Language policy (..) 21. Significant efforts and resources have been allocated to provide Latvian language classes for persons seeking to improve their language skills. As a result more than 90% of respondents whose first language is Russian know Latvian, with almost half of the respondents rating their knowledge of Latvian as … Continue reading "FCNM Advisory Committee 3rd opinion on Latvia (excerpts on language learning), 2018"

FCNM Advisory Committee 3rd opinion on Latvia (excerpts on anti-discrimination law), 2018

I. MAIN FINDINGS Legislative and institutional framework 13. The Constitution guarantees the equality of all persons living in Latvia before the law and the enjoyment of rights without any discrimination. Specific provisions on nondiscrimination and prohibition of differential treatment are incorporated in various laws, including the Law on Social Security, the Criminal Law, the Consumer … Continue reading "FCNM Advisory Committee 3rd opinion on Latvia (excerpts on anti-discrimination law), 2018"

FCNM Advisory Committee 3rd opinion on Latvia (excerpts on integration), 2018

I. MAIN FINDINGS (..) General overview of the implementation of the Framework Convention after three monitoring cycles (..) 11. Society in Latvia continues to struggle with the consequences of past divisions, with the principal national groups – the Latvian majority and the Russian minority – holding different geopolitical viewpoints and cultural identities. The rewording of … Continue reading "FCNM Advisory Committee 3rd opinion on Latvia (excerpts on integration), 2018"