Constitution Chapter VIII on Fundamental Human Rights

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Chapter VIII Fundamental Human Rights
Article 89. The State shall recognise and protect fundamental human rights in accordance
with this Constitution, laws and intern ational agreements binding upon Latvia.

Article 90. Everyone has the right to know about their rights.

Article 91. All human beings in Latvia shall be equal before the law and the courts.
Human rights shall be realised w ithout discrimination of any kind.

Article 99. Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion. The
church shall be separate from the State.

Article 100. Everyone has the right to freedom of e xpression, which includes the right to
freely receive, keep and distribut e information and to express their views. Censorship is

Article 101. Every citizen of Latvia has the right, as provided for by law, to participate in
the activities of the State and of local gove rnment, and to hold a position in the civil

Article 102. Everyone has the right to form and jo in associations, political parties and
other public organisations.

Article 103. The State shall protect the freedom of previously announced peaceful
meetings, street processions, and pickets.

Article 104. Everyone has the right to address subm issions to State or local government
institutions and to receive a materially responsive reply. Everyone has the right to receive
a reply in the Latvian language.

Article 108. Employed persons have the right to a collective labour agreement, and the
right to strike. The State shall pr otect the freedom of trade unions.

Article 116. The rights of persons set out in Articles ninety-six, ninety-seven, ninety-
eight, one hundred, one hundred and two, one hundred and three, one hundred and six,
and one hundred and eight of the Constitution may be subject to restrictions in
circumstances provided for by law in order to protect the rights of other people, the
democratic structure of the State, and public safety, welfare and morals. On the basis of
the conditions set forth in this Article, rest rictions may also be imposed on the expression
of religious beliefs.