During my first visit to Latvia in my current capacity, which took place in March, I engaged with a broad range of interlocutors both in Riga as well as in Daugavpils; an area with a sizeable concentration of minorities in the south-east of the country. On the matter of citizenship, I took note of a … Continue reading "HCNM statement to the 1229th Meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council (excerpt), 2019"
OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights mission's report on Latvian parliamentary elections of 2018. Recommendations to be found at the end
Latvia Latvia regularly reports hate crime data to ODIHR. Latvia’s criminal code contains a general penalty enhancement. Data reported to ODIHR also include offences of incitement to hatred. Data are collected by the Ministry of Interior, law enforcement agencies, the Department of Analysis and Management of the Prosecutor General’s Office, the Courts Administration unit of … Continue reading "Hate crime data 2017 (Latvia), 2018"
(..) I have taken note of recent changes to the education policy in Latvia and the messages I received from a number of representatives of civil society and national minorities, who referred to a strong response by the law enforcement authorities to their expression of concern about the contents and pace of the education reform. … Continue reading "HCNM statement to the 1188th Meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council (excerpt on education language), 2018"
1.3 Confronting stigmatization and marginalization (..) 1.3.4 Ethnic minority human rights defenders (..) 170. In Latvia, a human rights defender informed ODIHR of discrimination by government authorities against himself and two other activists defending the rights of ethnic Russians.163(..) Footnote 163 Input from the Latvian Human Rights Committee of the International Federation of Human Rights Leagues, which provided two … Continue reading "“The Responsibility of States”: Protection of Human Rights Defenders in the OSCE Region (2014–2016) (excerpts), 2017"