I express my extreme concern over the initiative brought forward by the commission of the Saeima and the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Latvia to introduce Latvian as the language of instruction in all schools of national minorities. The initiative received support on the part of the members of the Latvian parliament, which created condition for violation of national minorities’ cultural and linguistic rights.
It is worth mentioning that the committee of the Saeima had rejected a petition by more than 14.000 residents of the country to retain and continue the present system of bilingual education at schools of national minorities.
It is truly incredible that this can occur in Europe,
It is particularly cynical that the decision, which violates that rights of the
I believe it cannot be accepted that
I wish to recall that on joining the OSCE, Latvia made commitment to view human rights as a universal value. Furthermore, the Council of the European Union reiterated that by signing the European Union Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms all
I firmly believe that a solution to the problem could be found only based on consensus and respect for universally recognized human rights and freedoms using modern European
I urge the international organizations such as the United Nations, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the Council of Europe, and the European Union to take measures to prevent the establishment of the regime of cultural apartheid and protect the rights of residents on the territory of Latvia.