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Analysis of Expenditures for the 8th Saeima Elections 

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This study contains a compilation of conclusions regarding expenditures on the 8th Saeima (Parliament) election campaign, and recommendations for legislators and regulatory institutions to promote future transparency in political party financing, and to limit the increasingly high cost of pre-election campaigns and the dependency of parties on sponsors. The project recommends a ban on paid advertising in the electronic mass media as the most effective solution. Such a solution is in force in ten European countries.
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Analysis of political party expenditure and revenue before the 8th Saeima elections 

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The analysis of political party expenditures and donors was carried out as part of the project “Transparency for the 8th Saeima Pre-election Campaign Funding”. The project made use of new legislative tools, provided by amendments to the political party funding law, to prepare an analysis of political party revenue and expenditure leading up to the elections.
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Iraq (2). The Interest of small States in the International Legal Order 

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The war against Iraq is unlawful, so is the official support of military action in Iraq without a UN Security Council resolution. The UN Charter does not say that if one country breaches a binding resolution, other countries have the right to attack it. The precedent thus created is especially dangerous for small countries like Latvia, which has experienced the consequences of a failure of enforcing international law. Read

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Latvia's Youth Leading the Charge against Racism 

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A casual review of Latvian media might give the impression that racism is not an issue in Latvia. A look at the homepage of a group of Latvian extremists, which seeks to justify racial segregation as an acceptable form of animal breeding, proves otherwise. The National Youth Council of Latvia has joined the "European-wide Action Week Against Racism," will anyone else? Read

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EU foreign policy: destined to fail 

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A common foreign policy cannot succeed because it is contrary to the EU's inherent identity as an organization of sovereign states. If it is to be realized, member states must, by definition, be deprived of the sovereignty that they would never agree to relinquish. Read

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Slovenians back the slogan “At Home in Europe, Safe in NATO” 

Author:Dace Akule

Slovenia could well go down in history as the most EU-optimistic candidate country, as Slovenes seemed to agree that the country had received a very good deal in the accession negotiations. For NATO the support was lower, but here one of the major turning points was the assassination of Serbian Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic. Read

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The first community foundation in Latvia 

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In its first decade of operation, the Talsi Regional Foundation will have to reconcile two different factors – the public’s desire to see quick results and the slow process of accumulating resources, which will occur gradually over the years. Read

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Current Human Rights Issues in Latvia in the 3rd Quarter of 2002 

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In accordance with the Law on the National Human Rights Office, the NHO must submit quarterly reports on the human rights situation and current issues in the country. This is the report on the 3rd quarter of 2002 which touches on issues regarding which the NHO has received the most complaints or on which it has provided conclusions or official opinions. The report also points out the most important activities of the NHO during this period.
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Alternative Report to the UN on the Situation regarding the Protection of the Rights of Children in Latvia 1998 – 2002 

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The Alternative Report to the UN on the Situation Regarding the Protection of the Rights of Children in Latvia 1998 – 2002
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National Human Rights Office 2001 Annual Report 

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The 2001 annual report of the National Human Rights Office has been prepared in accordance with the Law on the National Human Rights Office, which provides that the NHO must submit annual reports on its activities to the Saeima and the Cabinet. In this report, the NHO, on the basis of its work, has analysed current problems and their possible solutions in specific areas of human rights in Latvia in 2001. In the report, the National Human Rights Office also presents its activities aimed at providing information to society and improving legislation in Latvia.
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