Report on the visit to Latvia by the Rapporteur on racism (excerpt on language), 2008

II. POLITICAL AND LEGAL STRATEGY OF THE PUBLIC AUTHORITIES A. The legal and institutional framework to combat racism and racial discrimination (..) 4. Language legislation 34. The Official Language Law approved in 1999 defines the status of languages spoken in Latvian territory. The Law aims to ensure “the maintenance, protection and development of the Latvian language” and “of … Continue reading "Report on the visit to Latvia by the Rapporteur on racism (excerpt on language), 2008"

ECRI 3rd report on Latvia (excerpts on language), 2007

I. FOLLOW-UP TO ECRI’S SECOND REPORT ON LATVIA International legal instruments (..) Recommendations: 7. ECRI reiterates its recommendation that Latvia ratify the following international instruments as soon as possible: Protocol N° 12 to the European Convention on Human Rights, the European Social Charter (Revised), the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages, the European Convention … Continue reading "ECRI 3rd report on Latvia (excerpts on language), 2007"

ODIHR Limited Election Observation Mission Final Report (excerpts), 2007

III. POLITICAL BACKGROUND (..) The main contestants were (..) Harmony Centre (an opposition party, mainly representing the Russian-speaking communities); (..) Fatherland and Freedom (party representing Latvian nationalist ideas); For Human Rights in a United Latvia (mainly representing the Russian-speaking communities). (..) V. LEGAL FRAMEWORK (..) B. CANDIDACY RIGHTS 1. Lustration Provisions The election laws for Latvian legislative authorities … Continue reading "ODIHR Limited Election Observation Mission Final Report (excerpts), 2007"

EP resolution “Comprehensive monitoring report on the candidate countries” (excerpt on language), 2004

The European Parliament , (..) 73. Recognises that, in terms of their legal framework, citizenship, language and education policies have been brought into line with international standards; calls, however, on the Latvian authorities to ensure bilingual school education, including the final exams, according to the current rules, which envisage 60% of teaching in the state language … Continue reading "EP resolution “Comprehensive monitoring report on the candidate countries” (excerpt on language), 2004"

ECRI 2nd report on Latvia (excerpts on language), 2001

SECTION I: OVERVIEW OF THE SITUATION A. International Legal Instruments (..) 2. In its first report, ECRI recommended that Latvia ratify the FrameworkConvention for the Protection of National Minorities and the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages. The authorities have stated that one of the obstacles to the ratification of the Framework Convention for … Continue reading "ECRI 2nd report on Latvia (excerpts on language), 2001"