2019 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices (excerpts), 2020

Section 1. Respect for the Integrity of the Person, Including Freedom from: [..] D. ARBITRARY ARREST OR DETENTION [..] ARREST PROCEDURES AND TREATMENT OF DETAINEES [..] Nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) reported that the information sheets often used dense, legalistic language and were available only in Latvian even for detainees who spoke Russian as a first language. … Continue reading "2019 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices (excerpts), 2020"

Human Rights situation in certain countries (excerpts), 2020

Latvia The human rights situation in the Republic of Latvia remains unfavorable. The ruling coalition formed after the October 2018 parliamentary elections proceeds with its line towards building a mono-ethnic state model. The Russian-speaking population of the country is still seen as a foreign destabilizing element. As a result, the nationalist policy of official authorities … Continue reading "Human Rights situation in certain countries (excerpts), 2020"

Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania: Background and U.S.-Baltic Relations (excerpts), 2020

[..] Potential Hybrid Threats In recent years, tensions between Russia and the Baltic states have been exacerbated by [..] and a Russian propaganda offensive directed at Russian speakers in the Baltic states. [..] Disinformation Campaigns and Ethnic Russians in Baltic States The presence of a large ethnic Russian population in the Baltic states is a … Continue reading "Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania: Background and U.S.-Baltic Relations (excerpts), 2020"

2018 Report on International Religious Freedom

Executive Summary The constitution provides every person the right to “freedom of thought, conscience, and religion,” and specifies the separation of church and state.  By law, eight “traditional” religious groups receive rights and privileges other groups do not.  Three new religious groups registered during the year.  Pursuant to a Supreme Court ruling in April, religious groups registered in … Continue reading "2018 Report on International Religious Freedom"

Regarding the situation with the glorification of Nazism… (excerpt), 2019

Latvia In 2018-2019 the Latvian authorities continued to pursue a consistent policy of historical revisionism, justification and glorification of former SS men and their accomplices, rehabilitation of Nazi criminals. Glorification of Latvian Waffen-SS legionnaires and attempts to present Hitler’s henchmen as “freedom fighters” remain one of the key elements of the evidence base behind the … Continue reading "Regarding the situation with the glorification of Nazism… (excerpt), 2019"