Commissioner’s statement on language policies (excerpts), 2019

Promoting social cohesion through balanced policies on languages [..] The Advisory Committee on the FCNM has consistently emphasised, in respect of a range of countries, including Estonia, Georgia, Latvia, Moldova, North Macedonia, Romania, Slovakia, Ukraine and the Russian Federation, that policies on the use of languages should aim to reconcile the needs of different groups … Continue reading "Commissioner’s statement on language policies (excerpts), 2019"

Commissioner’s statement on citizenship legislation for children, 2019

“I welcome the Latvian Parliament taking a decisive step toward eliminating child statelessness with the adoption of a law to grant automatic citizenship to children of “non-citizens” as of 1st January 2020, unless the parents opt for another nationality. This measure represents significant progress toward implementing the right of each child to a nationality at … Continue reading "Commissioner’s statement on citizenship legislation for children, 2019"

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"