Report on the visit to Latvia by CoE Commissioner for Human Rights (excerpts), 2016

2 HUMAN RIGHTS OF CHILDREN 2.1 STATELESS CHILDREN 41. Latvia is bound under international human rights law to ensure each child’s right to a nationality. Article 7 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child provides for the child’s right to acquire a nationality at birth, and stipulates that states should ensure this right in … Continue reading "Report on the visit to Latvia by CoE Commissioner for Human Rights (excerpts), 2016"

Comment “Governments should act in the best interest of stateless children” (excerpts), 2013

Another significant population of stateless children lives in Latvia and Estonia. Legislation in Latvia grants a special status to 304,000 “non-citizens” while Estonia has some 92,000 “aliens” or “persons of undetermined citizenship”. Among them, at the end of 2011, there were about 1,500 stateless children under the age of 15 in Estonia and approximately 9,000 … Continue reading "Comment “Governments should act in the best interest of stateless children” (excerpts), 2013"

Memorandum to the Latvian Government by CoE Commissioner for Human Rights (excerpts), 2007

IV. Protection of national minorities 29. The 2003 report went in depth into the issues related to citizen/non-citizen status, naturalisation and integration of national minorities. These issues are still being hotly debated in Latvian political circles. It should be recognized that progress has been made during the recent years in the field of naturalisation. However, the core problem … Continue reading "Memorandum to the Latvian Government by CoE Commissioner for Human Rights (excerpts), 2007"

Report on the visit to Latvia by CoE Commissioner for Human Rights (excerpts on language), 2004

IV. PROTECTION OF MINORITIES (..) 2. Protection of the rights of minorities 66. As already stated, Latvia is a country whose population is to a great extent made up of minorities – Russian, Polish, Bielorussian, Ukrainian and other. Most persons belonging to these minorities speak Russian as their native language. This is of course largely the result of … Continue reading "Report on the visit to Latvia by CoE Commissioner for Human Rights (excerpts on language), 2004"

Report on the visit to Latvia by CoE Commissioner for Human Rights (excerpts on citizenship), 2004

IV. PROTECTION OF MINORITIES 23. As in most Council of Europe member countries, the population of Latvia includes several sizeable minorities. However, a large proportion of people belonging to minorities do not have Latvian citizenship, and that poses a real problem for Latvian society as a whole. 1. The citizenship issue 24. Building a post-independence society and Latvia’s … Continue reading "Report on the visit to Latvia by CoE Commissioner for Human Rights (excerpts on citizenship), 2004"