The main features of the Human Rights Guide are:
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.
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.
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.
Using the Guide
The Guide has a single structure and fixed page layout. At the bottom of each page you can browse the pages marked to explore the topic further. For quick and easy navigation, the breadcrumb at the top of the page shows you where you are, whilst the menu button gives you access to the structure for the whole Guide. The search tool and tags can be used to search content and explore related pages across the Guide. The Guide has been developed to be responsive, which means that it has been adapted to work on different devices and screen sizes.
Using the content
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. The Guide in Lithuania is managed by the Human Rights Voice Lithuania and the content has been elaborated also by the Human Rights Monitoring Institute and the NGO Law Institute. The partners in other project countries are the Estonian Human Rights Centre and the Bulgarian Helsinki Committee.
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.
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