On 21 October, the Latvian Centre for Human Rights (LCHR) in cooperation with the UNHCR organized a national seminar “Detention of asylum seekers and alternatives to detention in Latvia”. The seminar took place in the Hotel “Konventa seta”. The seminar was organised in the framework of project “Steps to freedom. Monitoring detention and promoting alternatives to detention in Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Slovakia and the Czech Republic”. The project was co-funded under the ERF. The seminar brought together 30 participants, including the representatives of the State Border Guard, the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs, the Ombudsperson’s Office, judicial authorities as well as representatives of NGOs. Jean-Etienne Kautzmann of the UNHCR office in Strasbourg presented the UNHCR perspective on the case law of the European Court of Human Rights concerning the detention of asylum seekers. J-E. Kautzmann mentioned several judgements of the ECtHR concerning the detention of asylum seekers (Amuur v. France, Shamsa v. Poland, S.D. v. Greece, Tabesh v. Greece etc).
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The Latvian Centre for Human Rights concluded a project "Different Client in Diverse Latvia II" (IF/2009/3.1./27), aimed at training of healthcare workers, policemen and trade union representatives about intercultural communication, anti-discrimination and diversity management issues.
From 12-14 May LCHR staff Anhelita Kamenska and Ilvija Pūce conducted training on monitoring places of detention for Montenegrin NGOs in Podgorica, Montenegro. The training was carried out in co-operation with the Belgrade Centre for Human Rights (Serbia) and Montenegrin NGO Human Rights Action (HRA), which is the lead organisation in the project “Monitoring respect for human rights in closed institutions in Montenegro."