2019 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices (excerpts), 2020

Section 1. Respect for the Integrity of the Person, Including Freedom from: [..] D. ARBITRARY ARREST OR DETENTION [..] ARREST PROCEDURES AND TREATMENT OF DETAINEES [..] Nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) reported that the information sheets often used dense, legalistic language and were available only in Latvian even for detainees who spoke Russian as a first language. … Continue reading "2019 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices (excerpts), 2020"

CEDAW concluding comments on Latvia (excerpts on citizenship and participation), 2020

B. Positive aspects 4. The Committee welcomes the progress achieved since the consideration in 2004 of the State party’s combined initial, second and third periodic reports in undertaking legislative reforms, in particular the adoption of the following: (a) Law on the Discontinuation of Non-citizen’s Status for Children, in 2019; [..] [..] E. Principal areas of … Continue reading "CEDAW concluding comments on Latvia (excerpts on citizenship and participation), 2020"

ECSR conclusions on Latvia under Article 17 RESC (excerpt on citizenship), 2020

Article 17 – Right of children and young persons to social, legal and economic protection Paragraph 1 – Assistance, education and training The Committee takes note of the information contained in the report submitted by Latvia. The legal status of the child The Committee has noted with concern the increasing number of children in Europe … Continue reading "ECSR conclusions on Latvia under Article 17 RESC (excerpt on citizenship), 2020"

CAT Concluding observations on Latvia (excerpts), 2019

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 Latvia’s decision to grant automatic citizenship at birth to children of “non-citizens”, 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"