«For Human Rights in United Latvia» (FHRUL)

    Background
    Danger: violence towards minorities in Latvia
    February 5th, 2004 the Latvian parliament guided by xenophobic ambitions passed a new law limiting school education in Russian language to a maximum of 40% of the total class volume. Starting from 2007, all exams are to be passed exclusively in Latvian.

    Differences between rights of Latvian citizens and non-citizens – Latvian residents

    International Recommendations on Voting Rights for the Latvian Non-citizens
    Latvian non-citizens are deprived of the rights to take part in the self-government elections in order to limit participation of ethnic minorities in the decision making process on both local and national levels.

    Most considerable protests against elimination of the state-supported education in minority languages 2004

    Reports of the EU Network of Independent Experts on Fundamental Rights

    List of the CE and EU documents on non-discrimination

    Annex to the WORKING DOCUMENT on non-discrimination and equal opportunities for all – A framework strategy by Tatjana Zdanoka
    Human Rights in the OSCE Region: Europe, Central Asia and North America, Report 2005 (Events of 2004)

    Extract on Latvia from the IHF report

    Consideration of Reports Submitted by States Parties under Article 40 of the Covenant: Latvia
    United Nations, International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Human Rights Committee

    Concluding observations of the Human Rights Committee : Latvia.
    Concluding Observations/Comments

    Concluding observations of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination : Latvia
    Concluding Observations/Comments

    Report by EU Commissioner Alvaro Gil-Robles on his visit to Latvia
    Latvia should close a chapter on the past, however painful it may have been, and fix its attention firmly on the future.

    Report on the comprehensive monitoring report of the European Commission on the state of preparedness for EU membership of Latvia
    (COM(2003) 675 – C5-0532/2003 – 2003/2201(INI))

    Extract from Review of the Situation of National and Ethnic Minorities in the Selected Member States: Latvia
    Matej Avbelj under the supervision of Jean-Louis AntoineGrégoire and Denis Batta.

    Comments of the Latvian Human Rights Committee concerning the report submitted by the Republic of Latvia (2003) under Article 40 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights for consideration by the United Nations Human Rights Committee
    The Latvian Human Rights Committee (“the LHRC”) is NGO mainly focused on monitoring of the human rights situation in Latvia and human rights protection in the field of minority rights, immigration and housing issues. The LHRC has an experience of supplying free legal aid to the tens of thousands Latvian residents since 1992

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