On 31 March 2015, the Latvian Centre for Human Rights (LCHR) has organised a seminar „Practical aspects of monitoring immigration detention and forced return”. The seminar was organised in the framework of a project „Developing good practices: promoting compliance with the Return Directive in Latvia, Lithuania and Slovakia”. Project is co-financed by the European Union under the European Return Fund - Community Actions 2012
During the period from 1 July to 31 October, LCHR conducted the first stage of hate speech monitoring at online news portals, online versions of newspapers and magazines, social networks etc. The aim of the monitoring is to identify hateful content on the Internet, report about such content and check the effectiveness of reporting tools and methods. The monitoring is conducted within the framework of the project “NGO Capacity Building to Combat Online Hate.” The project team reported 126 hateful content materials, including comments.
The Migrant Participation website has been officially launched today by the network NGOs from Central and Eastern Europe in frame of the „Fostering political participation and policy involvement of immigrants in 9 Central and Eastern EU countries“ project. The website aims to provide an overview of migrant participation development with focus on societies in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Hungary, Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, Bulgaria and Romania.
International conference "Global, regional and national mechanisms for the prevention of torture and inhuman or degrading treatment: learning from one other"
On 12-13 November, Latvian Centre for Human Rights (LCHR) organised an international conference "Global, regional and national mechanisms for the prevention of torture and inhuman or degrading treatment: learning from one other. Celebrating 25 years of the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture” in Riga. The conference was funded by the European Commission, the Council of Europe, and the Open Society Foundations.
On 14-16 October, the LCHR in cooperation with the Austrian NGO Human Rights Association (Verein Menschenrechte Österreich) organized a study visit to Austria in the framework of the project „Developing good practices: promoting compliance with the Return Directive in Latvia, Lithuania and Slovakia”. The study visit has brought together 10 return practitioners: the national authorities (the Ministry of Interior, the border guard, the immigration police and the Ombudsman’s Offices) as well as NGOs from Latvia, Lithuania and Slovakia. The Latvian delegation was represented by the LCHR, the State Border Guard and the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs.