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UN Commissioner commends Latvia's human rights status

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al-Hussein commended Latvia on its current human rights record at a meeting Wednesday in Geneva with Latvian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Edgars Rinkēvičs.

"At the beginning of the meeting, the High Commissioner drew attention to this being the rare occasion when there is no need to point to deterioration in human rights in a country," a statement issued by the Latvian Foreign Ministry said. 

"The High Commissioner expressed satisfaction with the situation of the national minorities and non-citizens in Latvia.

"Edgars Rinkēvičs confirmed to the Commissioner that Latvia is implementing a consistent policy of society integration."

During the meeting, Rinkēvičs voiced concerns over the human rights of Crimean Tatars and Ukrainians in occupied Crimea.

Rinkēvičs also invited the Commissioner to open the World Press Freedom Day conference in Riga on 3 and 4 May.

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