Human rights through themes

The Guide takes a thematic approach to explaining how human rights work. Instead of listing separate rights, you can learn about the rights which are relevant to a particular topic or a situation in your daily life. New themes will be added over time.

Find help

The Guide offers help in understanding how to complain when you believe your rights have been violated. Each theme has a section that explains the steps to take.

Explore resources

The Guide offers references to the relevant Latvian and international laws, case law and additional documents. These are found in resources sections at the bottom of the specific page. Summaries are provided for the most relevant cases, in addition to links to full judgments.

Institutions & organisations

The Guide has a section on the human rights institutions to approach for establishing whether your human rights have been violated. It explains when and how you can apply to these institutions. There is also a section on organisations which work with human rights and that can be consulted for help or further information.

Country specific & multilingual

The Guide is a European cooperation project with country specific content for Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania and Bulgaria. Currently it is offered in Latvian, Estonian, Lithuanian and Bulgarian with translations in Russian and English.

Assess your knowledge

If you wish to use the Guide for learning purposes, the Guide offers you a possibility to assess your knowledge in human rights before or after studying, by completing tests about different themes included in the Guide. These tests are available using the Knowledge Assessment Tool for the Human Rights Guide.

Partners & contributors

The Human Rights Guide is a human rights education and cooperation platform. It was launched in Latvia in 2016, in Estonian and Lithuanian in 2017 and Bulgaria in 2019. The project was established by a Latvian non-governmental organisation, the Baltic Human Rights Society, and its project partners are the Estonian Human Rights Centre, the Human Rights Monitoring Institute and the NGO Law Institute in Lithuania and the Bulgarian Helsinki Committee. Other partners and contributors include the Latvian Human Rights Centre, Zelda Resource Centre for People with Mental Disability and Marta Resource Centre for Women, as well as individual experts.

The Human Rights Guide project has been kindly supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Embassy of the Netherlands in Latvia, the Nordplus Adult - an educational cooperation programme in the Nordic-Baltic region, the EU Erasmus+ Programme and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia. It has been implemented under the patronage of the Latvian National Commission for UNESCO and is supported by the Ombudsman of the Republic of Latvia. The European Commission and other supporters which are co-financing this project are not responsible for the information published on this website and any use that may be made of it.

The first Baltic Human Rights Education Conference, which was held on November 27, 2015 in Riga was organised as part of this project, and was supported by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Latvia and the Riga Graduate School of Law.

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Human Rights Guide

A European platform for human rights education