Language Policy in Latvia - International Recommendations

International Recommendations

In 1999, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe High Commissioner on National Minorities found Latvia's new language law to be "essentially in conformity with Latvia's international obligations and commitments". In 2000, he stated that the government regulations were "essentially in conformity with both the Law and Latvia's international obligations", but that "specific matters will have to be reviewed upon Latvia's anticipated ratification of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities". The ratification took place in 2005.

International organizations have recommended to Latvia on various occasions to:

  • revisit language policy, aiming to better reflect the multilingual character of society;
  • facilitate use of minority languages in written correspondence between people belonging to the national minorities and authorities;
  • be flexible in introduction of bilingual education;
  • give priority to constructive and non-obligatory measures, encouraging the Russian-speaking population to learn and use Latvian.

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