Latvian Human Rights Committee news: first quarter of 2019
LHRC has submitted reports to UN Special Rapporteur on racism and to the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities. The latter has met our representative during his visit to Latvia.
The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance has published its fifth report on Latvia. It uses and references LHRC information.
LHRC has taken part in a side event on discrimination at the 40th session of the UN Human Rights Council and in the 2nd General Parental Meeting, both in March.
Our activities have been reflected on Rubaltic, Baltnews, Sputniknews, Russkie.org, BB.lv web portals, in the newspaper “Segodnya”.
Human rights-impacting bills currently on the legislative agenda include:
amendments to the Law on Meetings, Processions and Pickets (No. 122/Lp13), banning the use of Soviet uniform and openly aimed at those celebrating the Victory over Nazism.
the draft Law on Ceasing the Assignment of Non-Citizen Status to Children (No. 274/Lp13), relevant for some tens of newborn children every year.
the draft Law on Local Referenda (No. 162/Lp13), denying to "non-citizens" participation in those referenda.
the draft Residential Tenancy Law (No. 144/Lp13). It intends to narrow the rights of the tenants, inter alia, terminating those tenancy agreements which currently have no term of expiration.
The parliament is also considering two collective petitions - for demolition of the monument to the Liberators of Riga and (a counter-petition having gathered more signatures in less time) for protection of monuments to Anti-Nazi fighters.