FCNM Advisory Committee 3rd opinion on Latvia (excerpt on Roma), 2018

I. MAIN FINDINGS (..) 14. The Office of the Ombudsman continues to receive a substantial number of complaints alleging discrimination on the grounds of “race”, ethnicity, skin colour and ethnic affiliation. No complaints from Roma have been lodged with the ombudsperson in recent years, which could indicate their insufficient knowledge of and confidence in the … Continue reading "FCNM Advisory Committee 3rd opinion on Latvia (excerpt on Roma), 2018"

FCNM Advisory Committee 3rd opinion on Latvia (excerpt on public services), 2018

II. ARTICLE-BY-ARTICLE FINDINGS (..) Article 10 of the Framework Convention Use of minority languages in relations with administrative authorities Recommendations from the two previous cycles of monitoring 118. The Advisory Committee noted that persons belonging to national minorities could not benefit, except in a few cases, from the right to use their languages in dealings … Continue reading "FCNM Advisory Committee 3rd opinion on Latvia (excerpt on public services), 2018"

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

I. MAIN FINDINGS (..) General overview of the implementation of the Framework Convention after three monitoring cycles 10. Latvia has maintained a consistent policy based on an open approach with regard to the personal scope of application of the Framework Convention, albeit restricted to persons holding Latvian citizenship. The authorities have introduced measures to reduce … Continue reading "FCNM Advisory Committee 3rd opinion on Latvia (excerpts on language), 2018"

FCNM Advisory Committee 3rd opinion on Latvia (excerpt on reprisals), 2018

II. ARTICLE-BY-ARTICLE FINDINGS (..) Article 7 of the Framework Convention Freedom of assembly and association Present situation 101. Some national minority NGOs encounter problems in organising events, in particular those which directly challenge the policies of the authorities. The Advisory Committee notes with concern that, for example, a street concert to protest against government plans … Continue reading "FCNM Advisory Committee 3rd opinion on Latvia (excerpt on reprisals), 2018"