On Feb 24, 2016 International Internet Magazine reported that Amnesty International, the international organization for human rights, in its annual report on Latvia has noted only three problematic issues, namely, legislative amendments on morality education at school, protection of the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people (LGBTI) and the situation of stateless persons, refugees and asylum seekers, informs LETA/BNS.
The report says that in June 2015 the Latvian parliament passed amendments to the Education Law requiring schools to provide “morality” education based on constitutional values, which include a definition of marriage as the union between a man and a woman. The new legislation risks placing Latvia in breach of its international obligations to respect freedom of expression and the requirement of non-discrimination with regard to LGBTI people’s relationships and families, Amnesty International said, noting also concern that it would restrict children’s access to sex and sexuality education with potentially negative impacts on their right to health.
The report also remarked on the lack of express protection in criminal law against incitement to hatred and violence on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity. In the first nine months of 2015, Latvian NGO Mozaika recorded 14 attacks against LGBTI people. None resulted in serious injuries. Victims told Mozaika they did not report the attacks to the police for fear that they would not be taken seriously.