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Latvia - Constitutional Law: The Rights and Obligations of a Citizen and a Person

Adopted on: Adopted on: 10 Dec 1991

Article 12

All persons in Latvia are equal under the law regardless of race, nationality, sex, language, party affiliation, political, and religious persuasion, social, material and occupational standing and origin.
Article 30
(1) Each person has the right to freely acquire and disseminate information, to express his/her views and ideas in oral, written or any other form. The realization of these rights must, not be restricted by censorship.
(2) No one may be forced to express his/her political, religious, ethical or other views, as well as his/her party affiliation.
Article 35
(1) The State is separate from the church.
(2) The State guarantees the freedom of religious persuasion.
(3) People or their associations have the right to practice religious rituals and ceremonies.
(4) No one may be forced to participate in religious rituals and ceremonies, or to learn religious doctrine.
(5) Religious or ideological motives do not free anyone from their responsibilities to the State and the necessity of observing the law.
Note: Further information on the constitutional background of Latvia is provided by the International Constitutional Law Project at the University of Wuerzburg. 

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