Accepted by Latvia – 92.10. Codify the prohibition of the propaganda for xenophobia, anti- Semitism, neo-Nazism, and provide for criminal liability for such acts and establish racism as an aggravating circumstance (Russian Federation); Accepted by Latvia – 92.15. Maintain State preschool and general education institutions with education/teaching in minority languages, including the Russian language (Russian Federation); Rejected … Continue reading "Recommendations by Russia to Latvia: UPR 1st round, 2011"
The present report is a summary of 6 stakeholders’ submissions1 to the universal periodic review. It follows the structure of the general guidelines adopted by the Human Rights Council. It does not contain any opinions, views or suggestions on the part of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), nor any judgement or determination in … Continue reading "OHCHR Summary of stakeholders’ information for UPR 1st round on Latvia (excerpts), 2011"
II. POLITICAL AND LEGAL STRATEGY OF THE PUBLIC AUTHORITIES A. The legal and institutional framework to combat racism and racial discrimination 1. Constitutional and legislative provisions (..) 21. Incitement to national or racial hatred is prohibited under section 78 of the Criminal Code and carries a punishment of up to three years of detention. The restriction of … Continue reading "Report on the visit to Latvia by the Rapporteur on racism (excerpt on hate speech/crime), 2008"
I. GENERAL BACKGROUND (..) B. Demographic, ethnic and religious composition 10. Due to its historical legacy and geographical position, Latvia has developed a multicultural society with a core Latvian national identity. Out of its population of around 2.2 million, 59 per cent are of Latvian origin and 28.5 per cent of Russian descent. Other sizeable ethnic groups are … Continue reading "Report on the visit to Latvia by the Rapporteur on racism (excerpt on Roma), 2008"
I. FOLLOW-UP TO ECRI’S SECOND REPORT ON LATVIA (..) Criminal law provisions 17. In its second report on Latvia, ECRI recommended that the Latvian authorities introduce a provision into criminal legislation explicitly enabling the courts to take into account the racist motives of the offender as an aggravating circumstance when sentencing. 18. ECRI notes with … Continue reading "ECRI 3rd report on Latvia (excerpts on hate crimes/speech), 2007"