Opinion on minority education reforms (excerpts on background), 2020

II. Preliminary remarks [..] B. Background information 1. Linguistic situation in Latvia 10. According to the 2011 population census of Latvia, the ethnic Latvian population makes up 62.1% of the total population, which is approximately 2 million. The largest ethnic groups are Russians (26.9%), Belarusians (3.3%), Ukrainians (2.2%), Poles (2.2%) and Lithuanians (1.2%).1 1 “On … Continue reading "Opinion on minority education reforms (excerpts on background), 2020"

CEDAW concluding comments on Latvia (excerpts on citizenship and participation), 2020

B. Positive aspects 4. The Committee welcomes the progress achieved since the consideration in 2004 of the State party’s combined initial, second and third periodic reports in undertaking legislative reforms, in particular the adoption of the following: (a) Law on the Discontinuation of Non-citizen’s Status for Children, in 2019; [..] [..] E. Principal areas of … Continue reading "CEDAW concluding comments on Latvia (excerpts on citizenship and participation), 2020"

“Latvia instigates linguistic genocide against Russian-speaking citizens”: summary & disproof, 2019

SUMMARY What is happening in Latvia with the Russian language is a manifestation of linguistic genocide against Russian-speaking citizens, more than 40% of the country. DISPROOF Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the discrimination of Russian speakers. According to the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia, 25,2% of residents of Latvia are ethnic Russians, not 40% as … Continue reading "“Latvia instigates linguistic genocide against Russian-speaking citizens”: summary & disproof, 2019"