No one can force you to give information against yourself, even if you are charged with a very serious offence. In Latvia, the police have to inform you about this right at the moment of your arrest.

You have to be careful of what you say because this information may later be used in court against you. However, you have to give truthful information about your identity, such as your name and surname. A special expert may also examine you and take samples such as fingerprints and DNA.

What human rights violation may there be?

If you are forced to speak against your will or testify against yourself, it may result in a violation of the right to fair trial. Read more about the right to remain silent.

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