SUMMARY It is not normal when in the Baltic States a large number of Russian people are called a minority and are forced to speak exclusively the local languages. DISPROOF A recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about discrimination of Russian language speakers in the Baltic States and Russophobia there. See most recent stories on the alleged suppression of Russian language … Continue reading "“Russian people in the Baltic states are forced to speak the local languages”"
II Rules of co-operation (..) 2.7. The issues concerning (..) amendments to the Citizenship Law, except the case mentioned in paragraph 2.8.1. of the present agreement (..) and such amendments, which worsen the situation of the Latvian language, to laws regulating the use of the language (..) can only be decided based on the principle … Continue reading "Co-operation agreement of the parties forming the Kariņš Cabinet (excerpts), 2019"
FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS I Common topics (..) 4. Integration (..) “Non-citizens” (..) 56. Since ECRI’s last report, the number of “non-citizens” has further declined (326 735 persons in 2011, who then made up 14.6% of the population).63 This is partially due to demographic factors and mortality, as around 40% of “non-citizens” are 60 years or … Continue reading "ECRI 5th report on Latvia (excerpts on language), 2018"
16.While taking note of the State party’s statement dealing with the historical circumstances leading to the Constitutional protection of the Latvian language, the Committee is concerned at the reports that the current language policies discriminate against ethnic minorities in the fields of education and employment, public and political life and access to services. In particular, … Continue reading "Concluding observations on Latvia (excerpt on other language issues) CERD, 2018"
I. MAIN FINDINGS (..) General overview of the implementation of the Framework Convention after three monitoring cycles 10. Latvia has maintained a consistent policy based on an open approach with regard to the personal scope of application of the Framework Convention, albeit restricted to persons holding Latvian citizenship. The authorities have introduced measures to reduce … Continue reading "FCNM Advisory Committee 3rd opinion on Latvia (excerpts on language), 2018"