Human Rights in Latvia in 1999
In Latvia the primary human rights concerns in 1999 were the lengthy pre-trial detention of minors, encroachments on freedom of expression, as well as the government's failure to allocate sufficient funding to ensure smooth implementation of social integration policy, thereby threatening recent progress in the realm of minority rights.
On the positive side, 1999 saw the abolition of the death penalty, the opening of a new involuntary commitment facility for mental patients who have committed serious crimes and a significant increase in the naturalisation rate of Latvia's large population of stateless "non-citizens".
Authors: Nils Muiznieks, Angelita Kamenska, Ieva Leimane, Sandra Garsvane
Financial support: Open Society Institute (Budapest)