#AceWorldNews – RIGA – May 19 – Latvian human rights organization Non-Citizens Congress is going to challenge amendments criminalizing “public denial of the Soviet Union’s and Nazi Germany’s aggression against Latvia” in the Constitutional Court.
The organization would go to court if President Andris Berzins approves the amendments introducing criminal penalty for justification of the mentioned aggression, said the organization spokeswoman Jelena Bacinska.
“These amendments ban opinions about historic facts differing from the official line and neglect the freedom of speech, which contravenes democratic values of modern Europe. Neither do these amendments promote cohesion of the Latvian society,” she said.
The amendments adopted last week propose imprisonment up to five years as well as compulsory works and fines.
#AceWorldNews – RIGA – April 15 – Latvia has suspended broadcasting Russia’s Rossiya RTR television channel for three months, the BBC said.
An “administration process” was reportedly launched against the First Baltic Channel, and Rossiya 24 TV channel was labelled as “creating problems” over their coverage of the events in Ukraine. Latvian, Lithuanian and Estonian public broadcasters are considering a plan to set up a new Russian-language TV channel.
Chairman of the Russian Presidential Human Rights Council Mikhail Fedotov had said the ban on Russian TV channels in Latvia and Lithuania would violate the rights of television audience.
#AceBreakingNews – RIGA – April 05 – The NATO Parliamentary Assembly made the decision to terminate cooperation with Russia.
The decision was adopted at the organisation’s meeting in Riga, Latvia, on Saturday, April 5.
#AceWorldNews – Riga – March 20. – Latvia has suspended military cooperation with Russia due to the situation in Ukraine.
“The Latvian Defence Ministry and National Armed Forces have suspended further military cooperation with Russia,” the Defence Ministry’s press service reported on Thursday.
“Due to Russia’s actions in Ukraine and global public’s call for the peaceful settlement of the conflict Latvia considers cooperation with the Russian army unacceptable,” Latvian Defence Minister Raimonds Vejonis said.
Latvia and Russia maintains a constructive defence dialogue.
“The tense situation in the world and Russia’s actions make us to take such step,” the Latvian minister said.
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#AceWorldNews Latvia’s environment minister will be fired over plans to participate in annual commemorations of Latvian soldiers who fought in Nazi units during World War II, AP reported, citing a government spokesman. Einars Cilinskis, of the right-wing National Alliance, said Friday that he would attend Sunday’s events in Riga.
The politician has ignored warnings from Prime Minister Lamidota Straujuma, who had called on cabinet ministers to stay away from the March 16 events.
They are expected to prompt counter-protests from members of Latvia’s Russian-speaking minority.