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Every year, a European city hosts Europride, an international event dedicated to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) pride. This year it was held in Riga, Latvia. It is historic in the sense that it is the first time Europride has been held on…
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Summit Should Reinforce Human Rights, Protection of Activists

(Brussels) – European leaders should use a high-level gathering with “Eastern partners” to insist that the Azerbaijan government unconditionally release anyone held on politically motivated charges, Human Rights Watch said today. Azerbaijan has detained…
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Over the last week, Europeans voted in their representatives to the European Parliament, the European Union’s only directly elected body. Although the European elections should have been a massive exercise in democracy with 400 million people eligible to…
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Visits by Council Experts Remain Blocked

(Geneva) – UN member states must take immediate steps to improve cooperation with the Human Rights Council, particularly with the independent experts it has appointed to look at human rights issues, Human Rights Watch said today. More than 80 states have…
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Latvian authorities should investigate and prosecute those responsible for the attacks on peaceful lesbian and gay pride activists in Riga on July 22, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to Latvian Prime Minister Aigars Kalvitis. Latvia must also…
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HRW Letter to the Prime Minister

On behalf of Human Rights Watch, I write to address the failure of Latvian police and authorities to protect the physical security, freedom of expression, and freedom of assembly of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community as it…
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Latvian authorities must uphold their obligations to respect and observe human rights law by overturning a ban on a lesbian and gay rights demonstration, Human Rights Watch said today. “Riga’s lesbian and gay community wants to hold a gay pride parade in…
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United States Gets Mixed Review

(New York) -- Eighteen Eighteen countries destroyed their stockpiles of antipersonnel mines in the past year, according to the annual global report by the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL), released today in Washington, D.C. In a year full of…
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(New York) - In a new and troubling phase of its campaign to undermine the International Criminal Court (ICC), the U.S. government is now punishing some of its closest allies, including Latvia, by jeopardizing their military capacities.    The United…
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In this investigation of the application of the 1991 Latvian law “On the Registration of Residents,” our findings indicate that the Department of Citizenship and Immigration has targeted certain non-citizen groups and denied them registration as legal…