Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Latvia Refuses UN Recommendation On Abolition Of Status Of “Non-Citizen”

Posted by Info on 11/05/2011

The UN Human Rights Council adopted on May 9 a series of 122 recommendations to Latvia under the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), asking the Baltic country to undertake reforms in such areas as human rights, non-citizenship, discrimination of ethnic minorities, human trafficking, gender inequality and prison conditions.
Latvia agreed with 71 recommendations, but rejected proposal to abolish the status of “non-citizen”.

The Latvian parliament created the category of “non-citizen” in 1991 and it largely applies to Russians who moved to then socialist republic during the Soviet era.

The Baltic state, with a population of 2.3 million, currently has around 350,000 people without citizenship. Non-citizens are not considered stateless persons under Latvian law but lack full rights, with the main restriction depriving “non-citizens” of the right to vote.
Estonia also has several thousands “non-citizens.”


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