The situation in prisons continued to cause concern in 2004: although the overall share of pre-trial detainees decreased, juveniles on remand remained appallingly high at 58.5% of all juveniles in prison. The number of officially registered asylum seekers remained very small and the lack of clarity concerning the status and rights of illegal migrants continued. Latvia was still in breech of Article 5 of the European Convention of Human and Fundamental Rights because of lack of legislation concerning psychiatric assistance.
LCHRES in co-operation with human european consultancy and the Migration Policy Group organises a seminar on the role of NGOs in combating discrimination
The Latvian Centre for Human Rights and Ethnic Studies is organising a two days seminar on June 6 and 7 on the role of NGOs in Latvia in combating discrimination on the grounds of Racial or Ethnic Origin, Age, Disability, Religion or Belief and Sexual Orientation.
In order to promote understanding among the custodial staff about suicide related problems, and develop skills in providing first aid in cases of suicide attempts in prisons, on May 18, 2005 the Latvian Centre for Human Rights and Ethnic Studies in cooperation with the Social Rehabilitation Department of the Latvian Prison Services organised a training seminar “Suicide Prevention in Prisons”.
The brochure explains situations, when the police and the border guards have the rights to detain immigrants. A particular attention is paid to the rights of detained immigrants and the mechanisms of the realisation of these rights.
A paper by the staff lawyer of the Latvian Centre for Human Rights and Ethnic Studies Ilvija Puce on immigration policy in Latvia. The particular attention is paid to the legal norms of the detention of illegal imigrants and the rights of detainees in Latvia.