Report on the visit to Latvia by the Rapporteur on racism (excerpt on citizenship), 2008

I. GENERAL BACKGROUND (..) B. Demographic, ethnic and religious composition (..) 11. There is an important demographic distinction between citizens, non-citizens and foreigners. The Government formally differentiates between non-citizens and stateless persons. It argues that non-citizens may not be regarded as stateless persons within the meaning of the 1954 Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons due … Continue reading "Report on the visit to Latvia by the Rapporteur on racism (excerpt on citizenship), 2008"

Report on the visit to Latvia by the Rapporteur on racism (excerpt on hate speech/crime), 2008

II. POLITICAL AND LEGAL STRATEGY OF THE PUBLIC AUTHORITIES A. The legal and institutional framework to combat racism and racial discrimination 1. Constitutional and legislative provisions (..) 21. Incitement to national or racial hatred is prohibited under section 78 of the Criminal Code and carries a punishment of up to three years of detention. The restriction of … Continue reading "Report on the visit to Latvia by the Rapporteur on racism (excerpt on hate speech/crime), 2008"

Report on the visit to Latvia by the Rapporteur on racism (excerpt on anti-discrimination law), 2008

I. GENERAL BACKGROUND (..) D. International human rights instruments 14. Latvia is a State party to the core international human rights instruments, including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and its first Optional Protocol, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination. … Continue reading "Report on the visit to Latvia by the Rapporteur on racism (excerpt on anti-discrimination law), 2008"

Report on the visit to Latvia by the Rapporteur on racism (excerpt on Roma), 2008

I. GENERAL BACKGROUND (..) B. Demographic, ethnic and religious composition 10. Due to its historical legacy and geographical position, Latvia has developed a multicultural society with a core Latvian national identity. Out of its population of around 2.2 million, 59 per cent are of Latvian origin and 28.5 per cent of Russian descent. Other sizeable ethnic groups are … Continue reading "Report on the visit to Latvia by the Rapporteur on racism (excerpt on Roma), 2008"

CAT Concluding observations on Latvia (excerpts), 2008

B. Positive aspects 3. The Committee notes with appreciation that in the period since the consideration of the last periodic report, the State party has acceded to or ratified a number of international instruments, including: (..) c) The Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities, on 6 June 2005; (..) Rights of vulnerable groups and discrimination 19. While noting … Continue reading "CAT Concluding observations on Latvia (excerpts), 2008"