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"
Executive summary [..] Citizenship requirements vary from no requirements to B2. [..] Chapter 1 Analysis of the survey data 1.1. LANGUAGE AND KNOWLEDGE OF SOCIETY REQUIREMENTS [..] 1.1.4. Citizenship The most common context in which Council of Europe member states set formal language and/or KoS [knowledge of society] requirements is the citizenship policy. Thirty-three of … Continue reading "Report on linguistic integration of adult migrants (quotes), 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"