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"

Party election results and programmes (excerpts on minorities), 2018

“Harmony” – 19.8 %, 23 seats (3,2 %, 1 seat down from 2014) “We shall introduce trilingual education”=”Ieviesīsim trilingvālu izglītību” https://sv2018.cvk.lv/pub/CandidateLists/CandidateList?id=ZTTi%2BonHCl%2BU6o9Y9odlVw%3D%3D New Conservative Party – 13.6 %, 16 seats (12.9 %, 16 seats up from 2014) “The language of instruction in state-owned and municipality-owned educational insitutions [shall be] the official language”=”Valsts un pašvaldību finansētajās mācību … Continue reading "Party election results and programmes (excerpts on minorities), 2018"

ODIHR Limited Election Observation Mission Final Report (excerpts), 2014

VIII. CANDIDATE RIGHTS AND REGISTRATION (..) Notwithstanding the narrowed scope, further review of lustration provisions should be undertaken (..) In a positive development, candidates were no longer required to submit a self-assessment of their proficiency in the Latvian language. Instead, candidates had to sign a declaration confirming their eligibility, including that their knowledge of the Latvian language was … Continue reading "ODIHR Limited Election Observation Mission Final Report (excerpts), 2014"