“This first of all refers to Latvia and Estonia,” he said, citing the status of ‘non-citizen’ when “basic political, economic rights are still denied to hundreds of thousands of people living in Latvia and Estonia, and their cultural and language rights are violated”.
The commissioner for human rights, democracy and supremacy of law also noted “the process of squeezing the Russian language from the sphere of education and cultural life in all three Baltic states”.
He said the local authorities were ignoring “numerous recommendations from international agencies, intergovernmental organisations, the Human Rights Council and others”.
Dolgov also noted certain progress, saying that Latvia for example was mulling automatic citizenship for children born in that country.
A ‘grey area’ persisting in human rights situation in the Baltic states does not meet the interests of their peoples and European stability, he said.
European Union’s claims to the status of one of the ‘beacons’ of democracy in the world were unfounded, he added.