Concluding observations on Latvia (excerpt on other language issues) CERD, 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"

FCNM Advisory Committee 3rd opinion on Latvia (excerpt on public services), 2018

II. ARTICLE-BY-ARTICLE FINDINGS (..) Article 10 of the Framework Convention Use of minority languages in relations with administrative authorities Recommendations from the two previous cycles of monitoring 118. The Advisory Committee noted that persons belonging to national minorities could not benefit, except in a few cases, from the right to use their languages in dealings … Continue reading "FCNM Advisory Committee 3rd opinion on Latvia (excerpt on public services), 2018"

Recommendations by Hungary to Latvia: UPR 2nd round, 2016

Accepted by Latvia – 118.51 Pay further efforts to elaborate on the education of minority languages and cultures (Hungary); Rejected by Latvia – 121.3 Provide the opportunity to use personal names, place names, street names and other geographical indications in minority languages, as well as enabling the contact with the authorities in minority language on the territories where … Continue reading "Recommendations by Hungary to Latvia: UPR 2nd round, 2016"

OHCHR Summary of stakeholders’ information for UPR 2nd round on Latvia, 2015

The present report is a summary of 7 stakeholders’ submissions1 to the universal periodic review. It follows the general guidelines adopted by the Human Rights Council in its decision 17/119. 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 … Continue reading "OHCHR Summary of stakeholders’ information for UPR 2nd round on Latvia, 2015"

HCNM statement to the 1026th Meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council (excerpt on language), 2014

(..) The increase in Russian-language programming provided by the public broadcaster is a positive step in reaching out to minority communities with locally produced content. I heard from minority representatives that one of their main concerns is the future of education in minority languages amidst calls to increase the subjects taught in Latvian in minority-language schools. … Continue reading "HCNM statement to the 1026th Meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council (excerpt on language), 2014"