Integration monitor is a daily Latvian press digest on ethnic minority and society integration issues. The Monitor reviews the biggest Latvian dailies: Diena, Latvijas Avize, Neatkariga (in Latvian language), Vesti Segodnya (in Russian language). In specific cases other information sources are used. Latvian Centre for Human Rights is not responsible for information published by the media.
- Vesti Segodnya prints an interview with the leader of the NGO Return Our Names Ruslan Pankratov
- Latvijas Avize prints an interview with the head of the Control Department of the State Language Centre Antons Kursitis
Vesti Segodnya prints an interview with the leader of the NGO Return Our Names Ruslan Pankratov. As reported Mr. Pankratov has submitted an application to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) objecting to Latvianisation of his first and last name (adding the ending –s) in passport. Recently the ECHR has agreed to hear Pankratovs case. According to Mr. Pankratov, Return Our Names in co-operation with other organisations are preparing an appeal to the Council of Europe, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and the Human Rights Committee of the United Nations Organisation regarding Latvianisation of non-Latvian names in official documents arguing that it is violation of human rights.
In an interview with Latvijas Avize, head of the Control Department of the State Language Centre Antons Kursitis has stated that the Centre has received over 600 complaints on various violations of the State Language Law in 2007, which is noticeably more than in previous years. According to Mr. Kursitis, 30% of all complaints are regarding the lack of instructions in Latvian language for imported goods purchased in Latvian stores.