From information laundering to influence activities (excerpt), 2020

[..] Attacks on democracy at large The chapter about the Kremlin’s information influence activities uses Latvia’s case, where the country’s education system is transferring to the Latvian language in Russian language public schools where studying is currently split 60-40 between Latvian and Russian languages respectively. Obviously, the reform is not welcomed by some and thus … Continue reading "From information laundering to influence activities (excerpt), 2020"

“Being occupied as a privilege” (excerpt), 2020

[..] The dominating language in the USSR was Russian, and it was heavily promoted in schools and public life at the expense of local languages. [..] Document data: 24.06.2020. Link: Publisher’s notes: as the data from Latvia itself show, Latvian was dominating in Latvia’s schools at the end of Soviet rule. Languages of smallers minorities … Continue reading "“Being occupied as a privilege” (excerpt), 2020"

Fundamental Rights Report 2020 (excerpts), 2020

2. EQUALITY AND NON-DISCRIMINATION [..] 2.2. EFFECTIVENESS AND INDEPENDENCE OF EQUALITY BODIES STILL UNDER SCRUTINY [..] Against this background, country reports and conclusions on the implementation of previous recommendations released in 2019 by the Council of Europe’s Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) show that lack of independence and insufficient human and financial resources continue … Continue reading "Fundamental Rights Report 2020 (excerpts), 2020"

Coronavirus pandemic in the EU – Fundamental Rights Implications (excerpts from background document on Latvia), 2020

1 Measures taken by government/public authorities [..] 1.2 Measures affecting the general population [..] 1.2.2 Education Focus on: Ensuring continuity of education for children from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds, including measures to ensure distance learning for this group Governments regulations No. 183 on “The Regulations concerning the time of state exams in school year 2019/2020” were … Continue reading "Coronavirus pandemic in the EU – Fundamental Rights Implications (excerpts from background document on Latvia), 2020"