Commissioner’s statement on language policies (excerpts), 2019

Promoting social cohesion through balanced policies on languages [..] The Advisory Committee on the FCNM has consistently emphasised, in respect of a range of countries, including Estonia, Georgia, Latvia, Moldova, North Macedonia, Romania, Slovakia, Ukraine and the Russian Federation, that policies on the use of languages should aim to reconcile the needs of different groups … Continue reading "Commissioner’s statement on language policies (excerpts), 2019"

ECRI 5th report on Latvia (excerpts on integration), 2018

FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS I Common topics (..) 4. Integration General overview 50. Latvia has a long tradition of being a multi-ethnic country. According to the January 2017 data of the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB), the ethnic distribution of the Latvian population of 1 950116 persons included 62% Latvians, 25.4% Russians, 3.3% Belarusians, 2.2% Ukrainians, 2.1% … Continue reading "ECRI 5th report on Latvia (excerpts on integration), 2018"

Party election results and programmes (excerpts on minorities), 2018

“Harmony” – 19.8 %, 23 seats (3,2 %, 1 seat down from 2014) “We shall introduce trilingual education”=”Ieviesīsim trilingvālu izglītību” https://sv2018.cvk.lv/pub/CandidateLists/CandidateList?id=ZTTi%2BonHCl%2BU6o9Y9odlVw%3D%3D New Conservative Party – 13.6 %, 16 seats (12.9 %, 16 seats up from 2014) “The language of instruction in state-owned and municipality-owned educational insitutions [shall be] the official language”=”Valsts un pašvaldību finansētajās mācību … Continue reading "Party election results and programmes (excerpts on minorities), 2018"

FCNM Advisory Committee 3rd opinion on Latvia (excerpts on integration), 2018

I. MAIN FINDINGS (..) General overview of the implementation of the Framework Convention after three monitoring cycles (..) 11. Society in Latvia continues to struggle with the consequences of past divisions, with the principal national groups – the Latvian majority and the Russian minority – holding different geopolitical viewpoints and cultural identities. The rewording of … Continue reading "FCNM Advisory Committee 3rd opinion on Latvia (excerpts on integration), 2018"

The Most Resonant Human Rights Violations in Certain Countries 2014 (excerpts), 2015

LATVIA Human rights defenders note remaining difference between Latvian citizens and non-citizens rights, attributing it however to peculiarities of the institute of noncitizenship’s development in Latvia. According to the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights N. Muižnieks, the questions of noncitizenship in Latvia have rather political than human rights character. At the same time, … Continue reading "The Most Resonant Human Rights Violations in Certain Countries 2014 (excerpts), 2015"