Increasing attention is being paid to the issues related to the immigration detention generally and the detention of asylum seekers in particular, at national, European and global level. This report addresses the situation concerning the detention of asylum seekers in Latvia from the perspective of the national, the European Union (hereinafter – EU) and international standards.
Comparative paper “Combating hate crime in Latvia and the Czech Republic: legislation, police practice and the role of NGOs”
This paper has been prepared within the framework of the EU-funded project “Combating Hate Crime in Latvia and the Czech Republic: Legislation, Police Practice and the Role of NGOs”, which has been carried out during the period 2006–2008 by the Latvian Centre for Human Rights together with its partner the Czech Helsinki Committee.
The research paper “Psychological effects of hate crime – individual experience or community response” by Dr. Inta Dzelme aims at highlighting the impact of experiences of hate crime on victims, their families and their communities in Latvia. The paper briefly reviews some literature concerning the psychological impact of hate crimes on victims and vulnerable groups, and then goes on to highlight the main themes emerging from interviews conducted with victims of hate crimes, who are representatives of visible minorities, LGBT people as well as Roma, who are a traditional minority in Latvia.
The paper “Combating Hate Crimes in Latvia: Legislation and Police Practice” maps and analyses the situation concerning hate crimes in Latvia, including legislation and police practises, in order to identify the gaps and to improve legislative and law enforcement responses to hate crimes.
Alternative report on the implementation of the Council of Europe Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities in Latvia
On 26 May 2005 the Saeima passed the law On the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities, thus ending 10-year-long period of discussion of the ratification of the Convention, signed by the Latvian government on 11 May 1995. On 3 October 2006 the Cabinet of Ministers approved the first State Report of the Republic of Latvia on the implementation of the Framework Convention in Latvia. Despite announced intentions declared by state institutions, no broad public discussions were held and no national minority organisations were involved in the report preparation process.