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Attitude of Latvia to human rights instruments concerning right to housing     

As of December, 2010, the Republic of Latvia has the following attitude to international human rights instruments concerning general right to housing and means of its protection:



Attitude of Latvia

International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR)

Accession in 1992

Optional Protocol to ICESCR

Not sponsored; supported while voting in UN GA

European Social Charter (ESC)

Ratified in 2002; Article 16 accepted

1995 Additional Protocol of ESC

Not signed

Revised European Social Charter

Signed in 2007


The following table describes attitude of Latvia to international human rights instruments which are connected with the rights to housing of some narrower groups of people or with some aspects of the rights to housing:



Articles of substantive treaties connected with housing rights

Attitude of Latvia

International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR)


Accession in 1992



Accession in 1994

International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD)


Accession in 1992

Declaration under Article 14 of ICERD


Not made

Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)


Accession in 1992



Not signed

Convention on the Rights of the Child

16.1, 27.3

Accession in 1992

Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees


Accession in 1997

Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families


Not signed

Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)

2, 5.3, 9.1, 19, 22.1, 28

Ratified in 2010



Ratified in 2010

Protocol [1] to the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms


Ratified in 1997


Besides that, in an untypical move, Latvia has acceded to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (including Article 25.1, which concerns right to housing) in 1992. According to various legal experts, this means adopting it as a binding document. Still, it has no international mechanism of implementation.