[..] The dominating language in the USSR was Russian, and it was heavily promoted in schools and public life at the expense of local languages. [..] Document data: 24.06.2020. Link: https://euvsdisinfo.eu/being-occupied-as-a-privilege_baltic_states/ Publisher’s notes: as the data from Latvia itself show, Latvian was dominating in Latvia’s schools at the end of Soviet rule. Languages of smallers minorities … Continue reading "“Being occupied as a privilege” (excerpt), 2020"
18. 3. [..] The Constitutional Court concludes that it follows from the letters of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and Special Rapporteurs that those United Nations bodies did not have available, when elaborating those letters, a full information about the scope of the Regulation No. 716, which is being clarified in the … Continue reading "Constitutional Court judgment on kindergartens (excerpts), 2020"
II. Preliminary remarks [..] C. Recent amendments to the legislation on education in minority languages 1. March 2018 amendments to the Education Law and the General Education Law 36. On 22 March 2018, the Saeima adopted amendments to the Education Law and the General Education Law, which foresee a gradual transition to instruction in Latvian … Continue reading "Opinion on minority education reforms (conclusions and excerpts on specific laws), 2020"
II. Preliminary remarks [..] B. Background information 1. Linguistic situation in Latvia 10. According to the 2011 population census of Latvia, the ethnic Latvian population makes up 62.1% of the total population, which is approximately 2 million. The largest ethnic groups are Russians (26.9%), Belarusians (3.3%), Ukrainians (2.2%), Poles (2.2%) and Lithuanians (1.2%).1 1 “On … Continue reading "Opinion on minority education reforms (excerpts on background), 2020"
To supplement Section 21 of the law with a new Paragraph 2 reading as follows (the existing text of the Section being considered to be Paragraph 1): (2) A municipality has a duty to ensure an opportunity to acquire pre-schooleducation programmes in the official language in all the pre-schooleducational institutions subordinated thereto. Document data: The … Continue reading "Amendments to the General Education Law (excerpt), 2020"