Integration monitor

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.

Dec. 13, 2011

  • Opinions of politicians differ regarding granting citizenship to children of Latvian non-citizens automatically
  • Opinion of the Latvian high officials on whether it is worth to take part in the up-coming national referendum on language issues

Telegraf reports on opinion of some Latvian politicians regarding draft amendments to the Citizenship Law stipulating granting citizenship to children born in the family of Latvian non-citizens automatically. The ex-President, MP Valdis Zatlers and the effective President Andris Berzins support such amendments believing that those should be approved as a matter of urgency. Head of Saeimas Legal Affairs Committee Ilma Cepane, in her turn, does not support the initiative considering it is enough that parents are free to choose whether they want their child to become Latvian citizen. Presently, parents non-citizens should submit a request to grant their child Latvian citizenship, otherwise, child get registered as non-citizen.

Latvijas Avize prints an opinion of the Latvian high officials on whether it is worth to take part in the up-coming national referendum on the Constitutional amendments stipulating granting Russian language status of a state language in Latvia. The President Andris Berzins does not see the reason to take part in the referendum. The President believes that the Latvian language should remain the only state language in the country and splitting the society on language basis and mutual confrontation does not promote development of the unity of the society. The Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis and the Parliaments Speaker Solvita Aboltina state that they will take part in the referendum voting against the amendments and call all Latvian citizens to do the same. Mrs Aboltina believes that compromises in the language issues are impermissible.

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