Latvia


MPs ask for investigation into NGO as elections near

On 13th September a group of Latvian MPs wrote to the Prime Minister requesting an investigation into the conduct of an NGO which received a grant from the Open Society Foundations. Read more

MPs ask for investigation into NGO as elections near

Draft Amendments to Public Benefit Law Under Discussion

Draft laws on public benefits being discussed by government; Increased engagement between government and NGOs; Baltic Pride takes place; Protest against proposed legislative ban on egg donation takes place . Read more

Draft Amendments to Public Benefit Law Under Discussion

Latvian CSOs continue to navigate relations with the government as civic space narrows

Several CSOs face challenges asserting their position within the society and in their interactions and relations with government officials and foundations. Read more

Latvian CSOs continue to navigate relations with the government as civic space narrows

Latvia's rating downgraded to Narrowed

Following a number of months in which the government has sought to reduce space for the free exercise of civic freedoms, and closed off access to government for civil society organisations, the CIVICUS Monitor has downgraded Latvia from Open to Narrowed. Read more

Latvia's rating downgraded to Narrowed

Latvian civil society's concerns grow over closing space

Latvian CSOs have told the CIVICUS Monitor that it is becoming increasingly difficult for them to influence the government, as some CSOs face public vilification from right-wing politicians. Read more

Latvian civil society's concerns grow over closing space

Peaceful Assembly

Article 103 of Latvia’s constitution protects the right of people to take part in ‘previously announced peaceful meetings, street processions, and pickets’, wording which would appear to preclude the possibility of lawful spontaneous assemblies. Read more


Association

The freedom to form associations is respected in law and in practice without restriction. Read more


Latvia - Overview

Latvia maintains a mostly enabling space in which civic freedoms can be exercised. Civil society is however small in size due to limited financing and limited popular support. Read more


Latvian CSO warns of "deliberate weakening" of civil society

In January, the Ministry of Education and Science proposed the creation of a new national "non-governmental" organisation, which would take over a wide range of functions including certification of teachers and improvement of study programs. Read more

Latvian CSO warns of "deliberate weakening" of civil society