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"
II. ARTICLE-BY-ARTICLE FINDINGS (..) Article 6 of the Framework Convention Protection against discrimination, hostility or violence on ethnic grounds (..) Present situation (..) 74. Freedom of speech contained in Article 100 of the Constitution and in international human rights treaties is a fundamental right protected by law in Latvia. Freedom of speech does not encompass … Continue reading "FCNM Advisory Committee 3rd opinion on Latvia (excerpts on religion & on Anti-Semitism), 2018"