B. Positive aspects 3. The Committee welcomes the State party’s initiatives to revise its legislation in areas of relevance to the Convention, including the: (a) Adoption of Citizenship Law that simplifies the naturalization procedures, in particular for children under 15, in 2013; [..] (j) Law adopted by Parliament on the “Discontinuation of the Non-Citizen’sStatus for … Continue reading "CAT Concluding observations on Latvia (excerpts), 2019"
UNHCR welcomes the fact that Latvia’s Parliament has adopted legislative changes that will entitle children born after 1 January 2020 to parents who are considered “non-citizens” under the law to automatic Latvian citizenship at birth. Access to nationality, in particular for children, is a fundamental human right recognized in international legal instruments, including the Universal … Continue reading "UNHCR welcomes Latvia’s decision to grant automatic citizenship at birth to children of “non-citizens”, 2019"
“I welcome the Latvian Parliament taking a decisive step toward eliminating child statelessness with the adoption of a law to grant automatic citizenship to children of “non-citizens” as of 1st January 2020, unless the parents opt for another nationality. This measure represents significant progress toward implementing the right of each child to a nationality at … Continue reading "Commissioner’s statement on citizenship legislation for children, 2019"
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"
II Rules of co-operation (..) 2.7. The issues concerning (..) amendments to the Citizenship Law, except the case mentioned in paragraph 2.8.1. of the present agreement (..) and such amendments, which worsen the situation of the Latvian language, to laws regulating the use of the language (..) can only be decided based on the principle … Continue reading "Co-operation agreement of the parties forming the Kariņš Cabinet (excerpts), 2019"