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"
(..) 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"
(..) The number of non-citizens in Latvia continues to decline but remains a concern and an integration challenge. With the naturalization rate dropping to its lowest level, it is vital that non-citizens are encouraged to become citizens and that non-citizens take advantage of opportunities to become Latvian citizens. I encouraged the authorities to undertake public campaigns to promote … Continue reading "HCNM statement to the 1026th Meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council (excerpt on citizenship), 2014"
[..] The OSCE Parliamentary Assembly: [..] 20. Demands that the Russian Federation [..] cease its subversive activities within the ethnic Russian populations of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania; [..] Document data: June-July 2014. Link: https://www.oscepa.org/documents/annual-sessions/2014-baku/declaration-2/2540-2014-baku-declaration-eng/file Also available in Russian and other languages https://www.oscepa.org/documents/annual-sessions/2014-baku/declaration-2
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"