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Council of Europe Anti-Racism Commission to prepare report on Latvia

Strasbourg, 12 04 2011 - A delegation of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) visited Latvia from 4 to 8 April 2011 as the first step in the preparation of a monitoring report. During its visit, ECRIs delegation gathered information on the implementation of the recommendations it made to the authorities in its previous report of 2008 and discussed new issues that had emerged since.

The delegation held meetings in Riga with representatives of all relevant ministries and other competent authorities, human-rights NGOs and minority groups. It also visited a school in Jurmala.

Following this visit, ECRI will adopt a report in which it will make a fresh set of recommendations on measures to be taken by the authorities to address racism, racial discrimination (i.e. discrimination on grounds of “race”, colour, citizenship, national/ethnic origin, religion and language), xenophobia, antisemitism and intolerance in the country. Among these, three will be revisited two years after the publication of the report as part of an interim follow-up procedure.

In its 2008 report, ECRI expressed concern about the lack of a comprehensive body of civil and administrative legislation prohibiting racial discrimination in all fields of life, the strict application of the State Language Law by State language inspectors and the disadvantages and prejudice faced by the Roma.

ECRI is a human rights body of the Council of Europe, composed of independent experts, which monitors problems of racism and intolerance, prepares reports and issues recommendations to member states. For more information on ECRI: www.coe.int/ecri

Link to the 2008 ECRI report on Latvia

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