National Alliance: a profile

As at January 2020, the National Alliance is a co-ruling party with two portfolios in the cabinet and the chair’s position in the Parliament, Ms Inara Mūrniece. It has two MEPs (ECR group) from 8 Latvian ones and 12 MPs from 100. The current head of state, Mr Egils Levits, was proposed as a candidate … Continue reading "National Alliance: a profile"

Antisemitism – Overview of data available in the EU 2008–2018 (excerpt), 2019

Latvia Official data The Latvian government informed FRA that no antisemitic crimes were recorded in 2018 and 2017. In 2016, one case related to the desecration of Jewish graves was successfully prosecuted. No antisemitic crimes were recorded in 2015. Unofficial data No unofficial data were available at the time this report was compiled. Document data: … Continue reading "Antisemitism – Overview of data available in the EU 2008–2018 (excerpt), 2019"

2018 Report on International Religious Freedom

Executive Summary The constitution provides every person the right to “freedom of thought, conscience, and religion,” and specifies the separation of church and state.  By law, eight “traditional” religious groups receive rights and privileges other groups do not.  Three new religious groups registered during the year.  Pursuant to a Supreme Court ruling in April, religious groups registered in … Continue reading "2018 Report on International Religious Freedom"

Regarding the situation with the glorification of Nazism… (excerpt), 2019

Latvia In 2018-2019 the Latvian authorities continued to pursue a consistent policy of historical revisionism, justification and glorification of former SS men and their accomplices, rehabilitation of Nazi criminals. Glorification of Latvian Waffen-SS legionnaires and attempts to present Hitler’s henchmen as “freedom fighters” remain one of the key elements of the evidence base behind the … Continue reading "Regarding the situation with the glorification of Nazism… (excerpt), 2019"

2018 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, 2019

Section 1. Respect for the Integrity of the Person, Including Freedom from: [..] E. DENIAL OF FAIR PUBLIC TRIAL [..] PROPERTY RESTITUTION No Jewish communal property or restitution law is in effect, and Jewish communal property restitution dating from the Holocaust era remained incomplete. While the Jewish community estimated that approximately 270 properties still required … Continue reading "2018 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, 2019"