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Recognition of religion or belief in Latvia

According to the standards set out in the SRR, conditions for RoRB in the Republic of Latvia are classified restrictive.

Recognition of religion or belief in Latvia


  • State privilege is bestowed to Lutherans, Catholics, Latvian Orthodox Christians, Old Believers, Baptises, Methodists, Seventh-day Adventists and Jews; other groups are excluded from the benefits that these communities receive.

  • Recognition and registration are differentiated but are misused to support a system of vertical recognition.

  • Informational requirements for the registration process are intrusive.

  • The mandate for registered groups to submit annual reports to the government is a further demonstration of the country’s restrictivity.

  • There exists one law for these eight recognised groups and another law dealing with all other unrecognised groups referred to as religious organisations.

  • Recognition and registration are to some degree differentiated which is preferable.

  • There are many unnecessary restrictions placed on unregistered groups.

Positive elements:

  • There exists an ombudsperson for the investigation of human rights abuse cases.


  • Re-establish the recognition system so that it is inclusive of all belief systems.

  • Revoke all restrictive policies within the system identified in the above analysis.

  • To become dynamic, the government would need to establish a recognition agency to manage the recognition system, after which it would relinquish its control to ensure the autonomy of the agency.

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