HCNM statement to the 1318th Meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council (excerpt), 2021

I recently started a series of introductory meetings with the Latvian authorities. I am also planning to organize meetings with minority representatives in the near future. I had the opportunity to discuss issues related to the status of non-citizens and the naturalization process with the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs. While I commend Latvia … Continue reading "HCNM statement to the 1318th Meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council (excerpt), 2021"

CESCR Concluding Observations on Latvia (excerpts), 2021

C. Principal subjects of concern and recommendations Roma 14. While noting the State party’s efforts to facilitate access by the Roma to economic, social and cultural rights, the Committee is concerned that members of the Roma community continue to face stigmatization, and widespread discrimination, especially in access to public services (art. 2(2)). 15. The Committee … Continue reading "CESCR Concluding Observations on Latvia (excerpts), 2021"

Links on nationality-related documents and statistics

Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs statistics Naturalization statistics: https://www.pmlp.gov.lv/en/naturalization (EN) https://www.pmlp.gov.lv/lv/naturalizacija (LV) Other population statistics, which includes distribution of population by nationality (pēc valstiskās piederības), by ethnicity (pēc nacionālā sastāva) & nationality, by year of birth (pēc dzimšanas gada) and nationality, by municipality (pašvaldībās) & ethnicity, by municipality & nationality https://www.pmlp.gov.lv/lv/iedzivotaju-registra-statistika-2020-gada (LV only) “Kopā“=”Total”; “Latvietis“=”[Ethnic] Latvian”, … Continue reading "Links on nationality-related documents and statistics"

CERD follow-up letter to Latvia on citizenship & Roma (excerpt), 2020

Paragraph 21 (a) of the Concluding Observations The Committee welcomes the measures taken by the State party to facilitate access to the naturalization process, including the introduction of reductions and exemptions from naturalisation fees for certain vulnerable groups, the launch of a project by the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs in April 2019 to … Continue reading "CERD follow-up letter to Latvia on citizenship & Roma (excerpt), 2020"

Links to English-language studies & policy documents

Vladimir BUZAYEV Legal and social situation of the Russian-speaking minority in Latvia. Riga: Averti-R, 2014 http://www.russkije.lv/files/images/text/PDF_Files/Legal-and-social-situation.pdf (also available, in a different version, in French and Russian) Roma in Latvia. Research report 2015 – Society Integration Foundation – http://oldweb.km.lv/lv/doc/nozaru/integracija/Romi/romi_latvija_petijums_ENG.pdf Language situation in Latvia: 2010–2015 A sociolinguistic study. Scientific Editor: L. Lauze. Editor-in-Chief: G. Kļava. Rīga: LVA, … Continue reading "Links to English-language studies & policy documents"