Latvia The human rights situation in the Republic of Latvia remains unfavorable. The ruling coalition formed after the October 2018 parliamentary elections proceeds with its line towards building a mono-ethnic state model. The Russian-speaking population of the country is still seen as a foreign destabilizing element. As a result, the nationalist policy of official authorities … Continue reading "Human Rights situation in certain countries (excerpts), 2020"
IV. Key findings [..] F. Government measures that may infringe upon freedom of religion or belief [..] Non-stunned slaughter is banned in Slovenia67 and is highly regulated in Austria, Cyprus, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Slovakia.68 68 See www.loc.gov/law/help/religious-slaughter/europe.php. Document data: 20.09.2019 A/74/358 Link: https://undocs.org/A/74/358
Executive Summary The constitution provides every person the right to “freedom of thought, conscience, and religion,” and specifies the separation of church and state. By law, eight “traditional” religious groups receive rights and privileges other groups do not. Three new religious groups registered during the year. Pursuant to a Supreme Court ruling in April, religious groups registered in … Continue reading "2018 Report on International Religious Freedom"
FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS I Common topics (..) 2. Hate Speech17 17 According to ECRI’s GPR No. 15 on combating hate speech, “hate speech” shall mean the advocacy,promotion or incitement, in any form, of the denigration, hatred or vilification of a person or group of persons, as well as any harassment, insult, negative stereotyping, stigmatization or … Continue reading "ECRI 5th report on Latvia (excerpts on religion), 2018"
3. Equality and non‑discrimination (..) 3.2 Religious symbols remain centre of attention (..) Meanwhile, legislation banning face-covering in public spaces was adopted in Austria and Germany, with Latvia tabling a bill to that effect in 2017. (..) Still in August, the Latvian Cabinet of Ministers approved a bill from the Ministry of Justice that would … Continue reading "Fundamental Rights Report 2018 (excerpts), 2018"