The project, which aims to contribute to the promotion of the implementation of anti-discrimination in Latvia and to strengthen the anti-discrimination capacity of Latvian NGOs is financed by the Netherlands Finance Ministry (MATRA) and implemented by the LCHRES in partnership with the Netherlands Helsinki Committee (NHC). The project implementation period is from August 2003 till August 2006.
Although Latvian language proficiency is gradually improving, a large number of people living in Latvia still have poor Latvian language skills.
This study deals with the situation in some of the main social spheres, within which Roma in the rest of the world face direct and indirect discrimination, perpetrated not only by individuals, but also by states and their institutions.
The main focus of this study is direct and indirect discrimination on grounds of ethnicity in Latvia.
As in previous years, the foremost human rights problem in Latvia remained the long pre–trial detention periods, and the numerous pre–trial detainees. Despite the harmonization of law with European standards by the adoption of new Asylum Law and Law on Immigration, conditions in the Olaine detention facility for illegal migrants raised concerns on both legal and physical grounds.