On March 1-3 the Latvian Centre for Human Rights (LCHR) staff Anhelita Kamenska, Laila Grāvere, Ilvija Pūce and Centre for Public Policy researcher Andrejs Judins visited the Netherlands to study independent local and national supervisory bodies of police cells and prisons, police and prison complaints bodies and visit several closed facilities.
The Latvian Centre for Human Rights, with the financial support by the Canadian Embassy in Riga, is organizing seminar concerning discrimination and intolerance on ground of sexual orientation, which is first semminar of "Mobilizing Civil Society against Intolerance" Series.
Presentation of Study "Rights of People with Intellectual Disabilities: Access to Education and Employment in Latvia"
Latvian legislation, policy and practice still offer too few chances to people with intellectual disabilities (whose learning ability is significantly lower than average) to access education and employment. Although the numbers of children with intellectual disabilities attending mainstream schools are rising, the vast majority still attend special schools. Due to the complete lack of suitable, targeted employment programmes or initiatives, practically all people with intellectual disabilities have no work. They therefore have no chance of leading an independent life and are forced to rely on State benefits.
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”.