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"

Human Rights situation in certain countries (excerpts), 2020

Latvia The human rights situation in the Republic of Latvia remains unfavorable. The ruling coalition formed after the October 2018 parliamentary elections proceeds with its line towards building a mono-ethnic state model. The Russian-speaking population of the country is still seen as a foreign destabilizing element. As a result, the nationalist policy of official authorities … Continue reading "Human Rights situation in certain countries (excerpts), 2020"

3rd Status Report on the Action Plan on the Situation of Roma (excerpts), 2018

II Implementation of the Action Plan 1 Participation of Roma and Sinti in electoral processes [..] 1.3 Participation of Roma and Sinti as candidates in elections [..] Progress regarding the participation of Roma and Sinti as candidates in electoral processes [..] In Latvia, the CEC provides statistics on the ethnicity of the candidates. However, many … Continue reading "3rd Status Report on the Action Plan on the Situation of Roma (excerpts), 2018"

Did a ‘Pro-Russian’ Party Win Big in Latvia?, factcheck (excerpts), 2018

After the results from Latvia’s parliamentary elections were announced on October 6, headlines declared a big victory for the “pro-Russian” Social Democratic Party, better known as “Harmony.” [..] “Technically Harmony (a party that is the main political force of Latvian Russians) got the highest number of votes 19.80% [..],” Bergmane wrote. “This victory is however … Continue reading "Did a ‘Pro-Russian’ Party Win Big in Latvia?, factcheck (excerpts), 2018"