War supporters can be stripped of Latvian citizenship

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On Thursday, April 21, the Saeima supported the amendments to the Citizenship Law in the final reading. They foresee that persons who support war crimes or other internationally punishable crimes against another democratic state can be stripped of Latvian citizenship, said the Saeima Press Service.

The law's amendments were supported by 62 members. One deputy, Jūlija Stepaņenko, was against, while 14 parliamentarians abstained – all members of the “Harmony” faction, according to the results of the vote available on the Saeima website.

The citizenship of Latvia will be revoked if a person has provided substantial financial, material, propagandist, technological or other support to states or persons who have carried out activities, including genocide, crimes against peace, crimes against humanity, war crimes that undermine or threaten the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of democratic states or a constitutional facility. It will also be possible to do so in cases where the person himself or herself has participated in the activities mentioned above.

Information on the fact that the person concerned has carried out one of these activities will be provided by the state safety authorities. 

The regulation is necessary to ensure that Latvian citizenship is not maintained for persons who have performed and supported activities that are incompatible with the values of Latvia as a democratic legal state, do not comply with internationally binding agreements, are prohibited and reprehensible, as well as threaten the territorial integrity of Latvia and other democratic states, national security, constitution, noted in the bill's annotation. 

The law will enter into force on the day following its announcement.

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