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Latvian Human Rights Committee news: fourth quarter of 2018 
 

On November 8, three UN Special Rapporteurs have written to Latvian authorities with concerns over amendments to the Law on Institutions of Higher Education, intended to Latvianize private higher education as well. This letter has followed our invitation to do so.

The Advisory Committee of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities has published its third opinion on Latvia. During its preparation in 2017, LHRC had submitted two shadow reports, many facts from which got included in the AC opinion.

LHRC has taken part in the 11th UN Forum on Minority Issues on November 29-30 in Geneva. The secretary of our NGO, A. Kuzmin, has completed a fellowship in the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

On December 9, the annual conference on minority issues was organised by us in Riga. This time, in coincided with celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. NGOs from Russia, Lithuania and Estonia have taken part in the event.

Our activities have been reflected on the First Baltic Channel, on radio PIK waves, on ICELDS, Rubaltic, Baltnews, Sputniknews, Russkiymir.ru, Mixnews web portals, in the newspapers “Segodnya” and “MK-Latviya”.

 

Dangerous bills currently on the legislative agenda include the draft Residential Tenancy Law (No. 144/Lp13). It intends to narrow the rights of the tenants, inter alia, terminating those tenancy agreements which currently have no term of expiration.