State Security Service annual report for 2019 (excerpt), 2020

3. Protection of the constitutional order [..] Russian non-military influence activities in Latvia [..] Last year, so-called [* – See below publisher’s additional note] compatriots continued protesting against legislative amendments introducing a gradual transition to instruction in the state language in all secondary education schools. Protests were held by the unregistered KSAŠ (HQ for the … Continue reading "State Security Service annual report for 2019 (excerpt), 2020"

Human Rights situation in certain countries (excerpts), 2020

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"

Constitution Protection Bureau annual public report 2018 (excerpt), 2019

Russia’s influence measures and propaganda [..] The results did, however, provide quantitative information on the representation of Latvia in Russian propaganda media, showing a long timestrategy to create a negative and hostile image of Latvia rather than a coordinated informative support to any particular political party. At the same time, it cannot be denied that … Continue reading "Constitution Protection Bureau annual public report 2018 (excerpt), 2019"

HCNM statement to the 1188th Meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council (excerpt on education language), 2018

(..) I have taken note of recent changes to the education policy in Latvia and the messages I received from a number of representatives of civil society and national minorities, who referred to a strong response by the law enforcement authorities to their expression of concern about the contents and pace of the education reform. … Continue reading "HCNM statement to the 1188th Meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council (excerpt on education language), 2018"