Latvian Centre for Human Rights

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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,[1] 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[edit]

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[2] and member of the European Network Against Racism[3]) and mental disability advocacy (LCHR is member of European Coalition for Community Living[4]). Besides, LCHR was a member of the International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights.[5]


In May 1998, LCHRES has received the EU-US Democracy and Civil Society Award.[6] 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.[7]


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