Human Rights in Latvia in 1998
In Latvia the primary human rights concerns in 1998 were conditions in closed institutions, particulary the outbreak of a tuberculosis epidemic in the prison system, the emergence of a management crisis in the National Human Rights Office, and the appearance of new extremist groupings inciting racial hatred and propagating anti-Semitism.
Positive developments were liberalisation of the Law on Citizenship, the adoption of inclusive amendments to the law on the status of non-citizens and the addition of a Bill of Rights to the Constitution.
Authors: Nils Muiznieks, Angelita Kamenska, Ieva Leimane, Sandra Garsvane
Funding: EU-US Democracy and Civil Society Award, received in May 1998