CERD follow-up letter to Latvia on citizenship & Roma (excerpt), 2020

Paragraph 21 (a) of the Concluding Observations The Committee welcomes the measures taken by the State party to facilitate access to the naturalization process, including the introduction of reductions and exemptions from naturalisation fees for certain vulnerable groups, the launch of a project by the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs in April 2019 to … Continue reading "CERD follow-up letter to Latvia on citizenship & Roma (excerpt), 2020"

Fundamental Rights Report 2020 (excerpts), 2020

2. EQUALITY AND NON-DISCRIMINATION [..] 2.2. EFFECTIVENESS AND INDEPENDENCE OF EQUALITY BODIES STILL UNDER SCRUTINY [..] Against this background, country reports and conclusions on the implementation of previous recommendations released in 2019 by the Council of Europe’s Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) show that lack of independence and insufficient human and financial resources continue … Continue reading "Fundamental Rights Report 2020 (excerpts), 2020"

Links to English-language studies & policy documents

Vladimir BUZAYEV Legal and social situation of the Russian-speaking minority in Latvia. Riga: Averti-R, 2014 http://www.russkije.lv/files/images/text/PDF_Files/Legal-and-social-situation.pdf (also available, in a different version, in French and Russian) Roma in Latvia. Research report 2015 – Society Integration Foundation – http://oldweb.km.lv/lv/doc/nozaru/integracija/Romi/romi_latvija_petijums_ENG.pdf Language situation in Latvia: 2010–2015 A sociolinguistic study. Scientific Editor: L. Lauze. Editor-in-Chief: G. Kļava. Rīga: LVA, … Continue reading "Links to English-language studies & policy documents"

2019 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices (excerpts), 2020

Section 1. Respect for the Integrity of the Person, Including Freedom from: [..] D. ARBITRARY ARREST OR DETENTION [..] ARREST PROCEDURES AND TREATMENT OF DETAINEES [..] Nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) reported that the information sheets often used dense, legalistic language and were available only in Latvian even for detainees who spoke Russian as a first language. … Continue reading "2019 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices (excerpts), 2020"

CEDAW concluding comments on Latvia (excerpts on Roma), 2020

E. Principal areas of concern and recommendations [..] Women’s access to justice [..] 14. In the light of its general recommendation No. 33 (2015) on women’s access to justice, the Committee recommends that the State party: (a) Continue its efforts to ensure effective access to justice, full inclusion and accessibility for disadvantaged or marginalized women, … Continue reading "CEDAW concluding comments on Latvia (excerpts on Roma), 2020"