Riga, March 16, 2018 – a march honouring Waffen SS Latvian Legion veterans

Photos – Dmitry Zhilin, 2018. Publisher’s note: the same year, the National Alliance tried to re-establish March the 16th as an official commemoration day. Its leader Raivis Dzintars said, “We shouldn’t be ashamed to honor Latvian freedom fighters”. Link: https://eng.lsm.lv/article/politics/politics/nationalist-party-wants-to-make-march-16-an-official-memorial-day.a270632/ The proposal was rejected, although some non-NA MPs supported it as well: Inguna Sudraba, Gunārs … Continue reading "Riga, March 16, 2018 – a march honouring Waffen SS Latvian Legion veterans"

Holocaust Memorial Days: An overview (excerpts), 2018

Chapter I: Commemoration Overview Of the 57 OSCE participating States, 36 provided responses to the section of the ODIHR questionnaire concerning their efforts to promote Holocaust commemoration.17 The answers indicate that the Holocaust and the extermination and persecution of Roma and Sinti during this time are commemorated widely throughout the OSCE area. Thirty-three participating States … Continue reading "Holocaust Memorial Days: An overview (excerpts), 2018"

Letter to Latvia on historical memory by the Special Rapporteur on racism, 2017

Excellency, I have the honour to address you in my capacity as Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, pursuant to Human Rights Council resolution 34/35. In this connection, I would like to bring to the attention of your Excellency’s Government information I have received concerning the draft law “On the … Continue reading "Letter to Latvia on historical memory by the Special Rapporteur on racism, 2017"

Riga Regional Court judgment in Saripovs case (excerpts), 2017

JUDGMENT delivered in Riga on September 22, 2017 Riga Regional Court Criminal Cases collegium judges Jānis Tiltiņš, Iveta Brimerberga, Diāna Dumbre, have considered, in written process, the appeal protest by the Chief Prosecutor of the Central District Prosecutor’s Office of Riga City, J. Omuls, against the City of Riga Vidzeme Urban District Court judgment of … Continue reading "Riga Regional Court judgment in Saripovs case (excerpts), 2017"

Rapporteur on racism, report on GA resolution on glorification of Nazism etc. (excerpt), 2017

III. Contributions received from non-governmental and other organizations (..) D. International Federation for Human Rights — Latvian Human Rights Committee 71. The Latvian Human Rights Committee of the International Federation for Human Rights drew the Special Rapporteur’s attention to the increasing number of events honouring Nazi collaborators, including a march that took place on 16 March 2017 in Riga honouring … Continue reading "Rapporteur on racism, report on GA resolution on glorification of Nazism etc. (excerpt), 2017"