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"
5.The Committee also welcomes the following legislative and policy measures taken by the State party: (..) (c)Amendments to the Citizenship Law in 2013 to simplify the acquisition and naturalization procedures, in particular for children under 15; (d)The organization of campaigns with regard to naturalization and targeted counselling for “non-citizens”; (..) 20.While noting the efforts by … Continue reading "Concluding observations on Latvia (excerpt on citizenship) CERD, 2018"
2 HUMAN RIGHTS OF CHILDREN 2.1 STATELESS CHILDREN 41. Latvia is bound under international human rights law to ensure each child’s right to a nationality. Article 7 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child provides for the child’s right to acquire a nationality at birth, and stipulates that states should ensure this right in … Continue reading "Report on the visit to Latvia by CoE Commissioner for Human Rights (excerpts), 2016"
(..) I welcome the legislative amendments in Latvia and Estonia which enable the children of non-citizens to receive citizenship automatically. This will be a relief to many members of the Russian-speaking minority. I further encourage the respective Governments to continue their efforts to address the issue of statelessness or non-citizenship through a comprehensive follow-up to … Continue reading "High Commissioner for Human Rights statement to the HRC 31st session, 2016"