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Ombudsman: non-citizen status matter should be resolved in next decade

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The next ten years may be the transition period to ‘put an end’ to the non-citizen status in Latvia, said ombudsman Juris Jansons in an interview to LTV programme Rīta panorama.

The ombudsman said this may be the time when relevant work is performed in education institutions.

Jansons expressed disappointment that no constructive discussions have been performed in regards to Latvian President Raimonds Vējoņis’ initiative to end the provision of non-citizen status to children born in Latvia.

He believes the president’s proposal was not fully and properly explained to the public.

Discussions commenced by certain deputies have not benefited the matter at all. «This only muddled people’s minds, and the matter was basically buried,» said Jansons.

The ombudsman noted that he has asked the parliament and the prime minister to consider that non-citizens are not stateless, as many would make it seem.

Jansons also criticized European Council’s Human Rights Commissioner Nils Muižnieks, «who called non-citizens’ children as stateless in official statements, which is incorrect».

Vējoņis previously said about this matter: «After 26 years the time has come to put an end to the practice of issuing non-citizen status, because, I think, we are a European country and we live in a modern and progressive country prepared for such challenges. We cannot continue with thin status, because otherwise we will never escape this idea.»

Jansons also previously said that he believes that registration of newborns without citizenship is unacceptable, because it violates the child’s right for citizenship.


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