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"
(..) The increase in Russian-language programming provided by the public broadcaster is a positive step in reaching out to minority communities with locally produced content. I heard from minority representatives that one of their main concerns is the future of education in minority languages amidst calls to increase the subjects taught in Latvian in minority-language schools. … Continue reading "HCNM statement to the 1026th Meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council (excerpt on language), 2014"