HRC Concluding observations on Latvia (excerpts), 2014

C. Principal matters of concern and recommendations (..) Non-discrimination of “non-citizen” residents and linguistic minorities 7. The Committee remains concerned at the status of “non-citizen” residents and the situation of linguistic minorities. In particular, it is concerned about the impact of the State language policy on the enjoyment of the rights in the Covenant, without any discrimination, by … Continue reading "HRC Concluding observations on Latvia (excerpts), 2014"

Report on the human rights situation in the European Union (excerpt), 2014

In 2013, the human rights situation in the Republic of Latvia did not dramatically change and remained rather unfavorable. The ruling nationalist coalition pursued the policy aimed at ignoring the appeals of international specialized organizations and human rights organizations to change the situation and to stop the discriminatory policy against national minorities. The Latvian authorities … Continue reading "Report on the human rights situation in the European Union (excerpt), 2014"

Discrimination and hate crime against Jews in EU Member States (excerpts), 2013

THE SURVEY IN A NUTSHELL (..) The survey was carried out online during September and October 2012. Who took part in the survey? The survey was open to individuals aged 16 years and over who consider themselves Jewish (this could be based on religion, culture, upbringing, ethnicity, parentage or any other basis) and who, at the … Continue reading "Discrimination and hate crime against Jews in EU Member States (excerpts), 2013"

ECRI 4th report on Latvia (excerpt on hate speech/crime), 2011

I. Existence and Implementation of Legal Provisions (..) 8. In its third report, ECRI encouraged Latvian authorities to review and fine-tune criminal law provisions aimed at combating racism, in particular with respect to racially motivated speech. 9. ECRI is pleased that on 21 May 2009 a new Article 74(1) criminalising the justification/public glorification/public denial of genocide, crimes against humanity, … Continue reading "ECRI 4th report on Latvia (excerpt on hate speech/crime), 2011"

ECRI 4th report on Latvia (excerpt on Roma), 2011

I. Existence and Implementation of Legal Provisions (..) Criminal law provisions (..) 16. In ECRI’s view, the lack of consolidated case-law on Article 78 and the narrow interpretation given to incitement to hatred, contributes to hindering its application. Only two cases brought under this provision have reached the highest instance at the domestic level8. In one case, in … Continue reading "ECRI 4th report on Latvia (excerpt on Roma), 2011"