I recently started a series of introductory meetings with the Latvian authorities. I am also planning to organize meetings with minority representatives in the near future. I had the opportunity to discuss issues related to the status of non-citizens and the naturalization process with the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs. While I commend Latvia … Continue reading "HCNM statement to the 1318th Meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council (excerpt), 2021"
Excellency, As part of the ongoing dialogue between the Government and Saeima of Latvia and the office of the High Commissioner on National Minorities, please allow me to address two issues that, in my opinion, are of importance. I took note of the initiative in the Saeima to consider amending the Election Campaigning Law which … Continue reading "HCNM letter to the Parliament’s Speaker on campaigning & tertiary education, 2020"
Dear Speaker, I took note that on 22 January draft law No. 407/Lp13, “Amendment to the General Education Law” was supported by the Saeima’s Education, Culture and Science Committee for the second reading. Prior to the consideration of the draft law by the Saeima next month, please allow me to share some consideration, given the … Continue reading "HCNM letter to the Parliament’s Speaker on pre-schools, 2020"
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"
(..) 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"