Human rights education

New theme included in the Human Rights Guide — domestic violence

A new theme, domestic violence was added to the Human Rights Guide in autumn. This theme clarifies what domestic violence means, how to recognize it and which human rights may have been breached through it and from it not being adequately prevented. It also provides practical steps on what sort of help and assistance is available for victims and the criminal and civil liability of perpetrators. The theme was developed in close cooperation with researchers from the Centre Marta, a non-governmental organization.

The Human Rights Guide is a freely accessible online platform providing education on human rights and self-help. Its goal is to assist in understanding human rights applying in different situations, explaining these through the themes. The Guide not only helps in introducing human rights, but also to understand how human rights relate to situations in our daily lives and evaluate whether a human rights violation has taken place and how to react. The Guide is also useful for professional users whose work duties are related to the application of human rights. It also serves as a supplementary aid in human rights education for students and lecturers. 

The Human Rights Guide also contains such themes as a fair trial, data and privacy, discrimination, the family and other important topics. In addition, the Guide provides information on the institutions and organisations which protect human rights in Latvia and Europe, specifically explaining the opportunities for individuals to seek assistance from them.