“The Responsibility of States”: Protection of Human Rights Defenders in the OSCE Region (2014–2016) (excerpts), 2017

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"

ODIHR Limited Election Observation Mission Final Report (excerpts), 2014

VIII. CANDIDATE RIGHTS AND REGISTRATION (..) Notwithstanding the narrowed scope, further review of lustration provisions should be undertaken (..) In a positive development, candidates were no longer required to submit a self-assessment of their proficiency in the Latvian language. Instead, candidates had to sign a declaration confirming their eligibility, including that their knowledge of the Latvian language was … Continue reading "ODIHR Limited Election Observation Mission Final Report (excerpts), 2014"

ODIHR Limited Election Observation Mission Final Report (excerpts), 2011

VI. CANDIDATE REGISTRATION In addition to restrictions to participate in elections as an independent candidate, people declared incompetent by a court decision, those serving prison terms, and persons sentenced for intentionally committed crime, but whose sentence has not yet been expunged, cannot run for elections. In addition, people subject to lustration provisions are prohibited to … Continue reading "ODIHR Limited Election Observation Mission Final Report (excerpts), 2011"

ODIHR Limited Election Observation Mission Final Report (excerpts), 2010

III. POLITICAL CONTEXT (..) Politics continue to be divided broadly along linguistic lines, between parties perceived as representing Latvian speakers and the country’s considerable Russian-speaking population,2 although some contenders try to appeal to speakers of both languages. Footnote 2 References to Latvian and Russian speakers relate to the first language of the persons concerned. See also the section … Continue reading "ODIHR Limited Election Observation Mission Final Report (excerpts), 2010"

ODIHR Limited Election Observation Mission Final Report (excerpts), 2007

III. POLITICAL BACKGROUND (..) The main contestants were (..) Harmony Centre (an opposition party, mainly representing the Russian-speaking communities); (..) Fatherland and Freedom (party representing Latvian nationalist ideas); For Human Rights in a United Latvia (mainly representing the Russian-speaking communities). (..) V. LEGAL FRAMEWORK (..) B. CANDIDACY RIGHTS 1. Lustration Provisions The election laws for Latvian legislative authorities … Continue reading "ODIHR Limited Election Observation Mission Final Report (excerpts), 2007"