Latvian Centre for Human Rights
Latvian Centre for Human Rights (LCHR) (Latvian: Latvijas Cilvēktiesību centrs (LCC)) (until 2005—Latvian Centre for Human Rights and Ethnic Studies, LCHRES) is a non-governmental organization which seeks to promote human rights in Latvia, founded in 1993. Its director, as at 2015, is Anhelita Kamenska (earlier heads of the centre were Nils Muižnieks and Ilze Brands Kehris).
Activities and international affiliation
Areas of LCHR activities include social integration, closed institutions, legal assistance in human rights cases, tolerance and anti-discrimination (LCHR is a National Focal Point of EU FRA's project RAXEN and member of the European Network Against Racism) and mental disability advocacy (LCHR is member of European Coalition for Community Living). Besides, LCHR was a member of the International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights.
In May 1998, LCHRES has received the EU-US Democracy and Civil Society Award. In 2003, LCHRES has got the first Van der Stoel award, awarded in recognition of extraordinary and outstanding achievements aimed at improving the position of national minorities by a jury chaired by the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities.