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Monday, 31.08.2015, 16:11
The Prosecutor's Office has brought charges against Linards Grantins, one of the founders of the human rights defense group "Helsinki-86", for inciting national, ethnic or racial hate, LETA found out from the Prosecutor's Office.
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Annual financial audit of the Lithuanian Ministry of Justice has been completed. In 2014, the audit of the Prison Department subordinate to the Ministry of Justice again identified the same problems and findings that were not resolved for several years, informs LETA/ELTA.
With the plight of refugees and their status in host countries a pertinent issue these days, the Citizenship and Migration Board has some interesting facts to report, foremost being that Latvian citizenship has been granted to only five asylum seekers since 1998, reports LETA.
Spelling of Lithuanian first and last names in non-Lithuanian characters has not been made legal yet, but courts are already issuing rulings, which allow spelling one's name with the letter W, reports LETA/ELTA, referring to Vakaro zinios.
During a meeting on Tuesday with Romans Alijevs, chairman of the Consultative Council for Minorities, President Raimonds Vejonis urged non-citizens and stateless persons in Latvia to exercise their rights and register their citizenship of Latvia by October 1, 2015, without taking the citizenship tests.
Estonian Chancellor of Justice Ülle Madise finds that the plan of the Social Ministry to make prisons and their territories entirely smoke-free can be unconstitutional, since smoking is a fundamental right, which should not be disproportionately restricted, LETA/Postimees Online reports.
In terms of laws and regulations, everything is fine with children's rights protection in Latvia, however, the practical application is of very poor quality, Ombudsman Juris Jansons said in an interview with Latvian State Television, cites LETA.