At the beginning of September a group of experts from municipal or national institutions from 9 European countries (Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Slovenia, Hungary, and Romania), active members of immigrant communities from these countries and NGOs met in Berlin to learn how advisory bodies for immigrants are organized in Germany. Latvia was represented by the Latvian Centre for Human Rights, the Ministry of Culture and the Arabic Cultural centre. The study visit was organized within the framework of the project “Fostering political participation and policy involvement of immigrants in 9 Central and Eastern EU countries”.
In April 2014 ENS launched a pan-European campaign to improve the protection of stateless persons in Europe.
On 12-16 May, the LCHR organized a study visit to Belgium on return issues for 11 participants from Latvia, Lithuania and Slovakia in the framework of the project „Developing good practices: promoting compliance with the Return Directive in Latvia, Lithuania and Slovakia”. The study visit brought together 11 participants: the national authorities (representatives from the Ministries of Interior, the border guard/immigration police, the Ombudsman’s Offices) and representatives of NGOs from Latvia, Lithuania and Slovakia.
A study visit to Slovenia was organised on 6-8 May by the Latvian Centre for Human Rights and the Slovenian Human Rights Ombudsman’s Office within the framework of the project "Promoting the ratification of the OPCAT in Latvia and strengthening the Ombudsman's Office as the future effective NPM" financed by the Open Society Assistance-Foundation. Representatives of the Latvian Ministry of Justice, Office of the Representative of the Government of the Republic of Latvia before International Human Rights Organisations, the Latvian Prison Administration, and the co-ordinator of the LCHR project participated in the visit.
A study visit and seminar on electoral rights of third country nationals, organized for 28 participants from 9 states of Central and Eastern EU, took place in Malmö last week in the framework of a project 'Fostering political participation and policy involvement of migrants in 9 Central and Eastern EU countries.'