Letter to Latvia on historical memory by the Special Rapporteur on racism, 2013

Excellency, I have the honour to address you in my capacity as Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance pursuant to Human Rights Council resolution 16/33. In this connection, I would like to bring to the attention of your Excellency’s Government information I have received concerning the draft law on The … Continue reading "Letter to Latvia on historical memory by the Special Rapporteur on racism, 2013"

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

I. GENERAL BACKGROUND (..) B. Demographic, ethnic and religious composition (..) 12. Although there are no centralized statistics concerning religious affiliation, estimates indicate that around 22 per cent of the population are Catholic, 20 per cent are Lutherans and some 16 per cent are Orthodox. A significant proportion of the population is believed to be … Continue reading "Report on the visit to Latvia by the Rapporteur on racism (excerpt on religion), 2008"

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

I. GENERAL BACKGROUND A. Historical and political context (..) 7. The history of Latvia would be profoundly affected by the start of the Second World War. The Molotov-Ribbentrop pact led to the first Soviet occupation in 1940-1941. In this period, some 35,000 Latvians were deported to the Soviet Union, particularly to Siberia. Latvia fell under Nazi Germany’s control … Continue reading "Report on the visit to Latvia by the Rapporteur on racism (excerpt on historical memory), 2008"

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

II. POLITICAL AND LEGAL STRATEGY OF THE PUBLIC AUTHORITIES A. The legal and institutional framework to combat racism and racial discrimination (..) 4. Language legislation 34. The Official Language Law approved in 1999 defines the status of languages spoken in Latvian territory. The Law aims to ensure “the maintenance, protection and development of the Latvian language” and “of … Continue reading "Report on the visit to Latvia by the Rapporteur on racism (excerpt on language), 2008"

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"