Latvia cannot expel disloyal citizens, but can prosecute those who oppose the state: Levits

Answering the question about the petition on, which provides for the deprivation of citizenship and the expulsion of disloyal residents on the air of the Kāpēc? President Egils Levits pointed out that even if the initiative were accepted, it would be difficult to implement it. In addition, Latvia could have problems with the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).

“To deprive the citizenship of those people who have one is a very serious issue. No EU country has such a solution. We would have to argue it very well. It would definitely reach the ECtHR, where we would have problems with argumentation. Question about residence permits – this legal norm has already been adopted and works well. As for the deprivation of citizenship, this is a very complicated issue. No European country has such a legal norm. A couple of years ago, this possibility was discussed in France, where it was proposed to deprive French citizenship of those who were jihadists and participated in the organization of terrorist attacks. In the end, this decision was not made,” the politician said.

However, according to Levits, there is already a way in Latvia to test citizens for loyalty. If a person’s actions are contrary to the state policy and democratic values ​​of Latvia, the issue can be resolved with the help of the Criminal Law.

“Loyalty testing is a normal practice in relation to foreigners. If we talk about residents of Latvia, such testing of citizens for loyalty has certain problems. If a resident has citizenship and opposes the Latvian state, in this case, a criminal case should be initiated. We have such an opportunity “, it is provided for by the Criminal Law. This is a test of loyalty. A person is not expelled, he goes to prison,” he explained.

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