Latvian Human Rights Committee news: third quarter of 2017
An alternative report has been submitted to the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities. On the OSCE conference in Warsaw, two statements have been presented: on democratic institutions and on discrimination.
An analysis of Cabinet regulations depriving pupils of choice of language during exams has been published on LHRC website (in Russian).
Complaint have been submitted for various international bodies. To the European Court of Human Rights - on spelling the name in a child's documents. To the UN Human Rights Committee - on removing a local councillor from his seat for allegedly insufficient command of Latvian language. To the European Commission - on Latvian language requirements for foreigners buying agricultural land. The case on multilingual nameplates with streetanames continues to be under consideration of the Constitutional Court.
The activities of LHRC have been reflected on the Latvian Radio and Baltkom Radio, in newspapers "Segodna" and "MK-Latviya", on portals baltnews.lv, vesti.lv, sputniknewslv.com, aif.ru, rubaltic.ru, vz.ru etc.
Dangerous bills currently on the legislative agenda include:
- amendments to the Administrative Violations Code enlarging fines for violations of legislation of languages and creating a new victimless offence (bill No. 901/Lp12);
- amendments to the Law on Associations and Foundations simplifying their dissolution on vague security grounds (bill No. 563/Lp12).