Appeal of the Council „On violation of human rights in the Republic of Latvia”, 1998

The Council of the Interparliamentary Assembly of Member Nations of the Commonwealth of Independent States, affirming its adherence to the ideals of protecting human rights and fundamental freedoms, and considering unacceptable any forms of ethnic and linguistic discrimination, expresses its deep concern on the ongoing violations of the rights of ethnic minorities in the Republic … Continue reading "Appeal of the Council „On violation of human rights in the Republic of Latvia”, 1998"

HCNM statement on draft amendments to Latvian citizenship law, 1998

“I welcome the decision of the Government of Latvia to support my recommendation regarding the complete abolition of the so-called “window” system for naturalization. “I equally welcome the decision of the Government to support my recommendation to grant Latvian citizenship without having to pass tests to all children born in Latvia since August 21, 1991, … Continue reading "HCNM statement on draft amendments to Latvian citizenship law, 1998"

Opinion on Latvia’s Application for Membership of the European Union (excerpts), 1997

A. INTRODUCTION [..] b) Relations between the European Union and Latvia Historical and Geopolitical Context [..] After the war Soviet rule was re-established, though not recognised by most Western States. It was accompanied by mass deportations and settlement of Russians. [..] B. CRITERIA FOR MEMBERSHIP [..] 1. Political Criteria The European Council in Copenhagen decided … Continue reading "Opinion on Latvia’s Application for Membership of the European Union (excerpts), 1997"