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Person’s name conversion into Latvian – no infringement of privacy, Supreme Court rules

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The Latvian Supreme Court has established that it has been correct for a lower instance court to reject an application to issue a document recognising that the foreign-language name of an applicant must be written in Latvian without endings and lengthening marks.

Representatives of the court announced that on Wednesday, October 4, the Department of Administrative Cases of the Latvian Supreme Court left unchanged the ruling of the District Court of Administrative Cases to dismiss the respective application for receiving a favourable administrative decision.

The substance of the matter had been to decide whether the conversion of the person’s name in its source language to the Latvian language in passport had infringed the person’s right to privacy.

The court found no infringement and reasoned that the person’s name had been written in official documents in the official language of Latvia with endings and lengthening marks since birth and that the name in Latvian has not caused difficulties to the applicant or acquired any unpleasant meaning as a result of the conversion.


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  1. Walter Burke says:

    Why don’t you let people decide how they want to call themselves? You blame the Russians for everything bad that ever happened to you, and yet you behave exactly the same way they did. Why do you think ppl need the presence of the overbearing government in their lives? Stop patronizing them.

    Nobody in the European countries like U.K., Germany, Austria, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Ireland or any other civilized country like the U.S. Canada, Australia or New Zealand will force a French guy named Jean-Francois change his name to John Francis, Johann-Franziskus, Giovanni-Franco or Gianfranco.

    Acting like uncivilized morons is not going to make you any friends.

    Trying to add some additional “s” or “a” at the end of the non-Latvian name is not going to make it sounds more Latvian. It’s just weird.

  2. Ilmars says:

    Anyone shifting to a different country adapts to the culture, norms and language of their new country.
    When I got my Latvian passport, my middle name was translated into something unrecognisable, even in Latvian.
    As for Russia, it is hardly a beacon of democratic values.
    Russia is a country where opposition politicians, like Nemtsov, are murdered, and other politicians like Navalny are routinely jailed and beaten up. Journalists who criticise Putin, like Anna Politkovskaya, and plenty of others have been murdered.
    Protests are banned and the internet is censored.
    If you think that Russia is so good, then go and live there.

    • Walter Burke says:

      What does Russia and their politics have to do with this nonsense? As I said, nobody will ever force an Englishman or a Frenchman change his name if he applies for German, Swedish, Dutch or Norwegian passport. It’s up to the person to decide. Nobody would force a Latvian to change his name in the U.S. or Canada upon naturalization. It’s up to the person to decide, not up to the government.

    • Walter Burke says:

      And by the way, nobody is “shifting” to a new country. People are moving to a new country. Are you from India or Pakistan?

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