OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights mission's report on Latvian parliamentary elections of 2018. Recommendations to be found at the end
(..) 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"
RUSSIAN INFLUENCE ACTIVITIES AND PROPAGANDA (..) Russian influence activities in Baltic region are also carried out by Russian established and controlled pseudo-academic and expert organizations. The most visible examples in 2017 were foundation “Istoricheskaya pamyat”,“Rossiyskaya asociaciya Pribaltiyskih issledovaniy” and discussion club “Kaliningradskiy blogpost” (..) “Rossiyskaya asociaciya Pribaltiyskih issledovaniy” publishes pseudo-scientific materials, including on so-called discrimination … Continue reading "Constitution Protection Bureau annual public report 2017 (excerpts), 2018"
2. Protection of the constitutional order 2.1. Russia’s compatriot policy (..) 2.1.2. Manifestations of compatriot policy in Latvia (..) A range of other Russian compatriot organisations and individual activists also remained relatively active in 2017: (..) A number of humanitarian-oriented organisations, for example the “Culture Development Fund”, which handed out Saint George Ribbons at the … Continue reading "Security Police annual report for 2017 (excerpts), 2018"
II. ARTICLE-BY-ARTICLE FINDINGS (..) Article 7 of the Framework Convention Freedom of assembly and association Present situation 101. Some national minority NGOs encounter problems in organising events, in particular those which directly challenge the policies of the authorities. The Advisory Committee notes with concern that, for example, a street concert to protest against government plans … Continue reading "FCNM Advisory Committee 3rd opinion on Latvia (excerpt on reprisals), 2018"