On 8 and 9 August, UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination examined the Periodic Report on the implementation of the UN 1965 Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination in Latvia from 2008 to 2016.
Latvian Centre for Human Rights submitted its alternative report addressing four selected issues – Roma education, hate crimes and hate speech, Ombudsman’s work concerning racial discrimination and the issue of non-citizen children.
UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination consists of independent experts who monitor the implementation of the Convention and State parties are obliged to submit regular reports to the Committee on how the rights are being implemented. The previous Latvian government report was examined in 2003. The current report was submitted with 10 years delay.
Concluding observations on Latvia will be published by the end of August.