About how these same several thousand Russians who came to Latvia during the last five years from the suffocating Russian authoritarianism, all worked together to help the country emerge from the crisis, she has created positive PR and debunked pesky rumors about "Latvian fascism". There is much I could say. My husband and I really love this country, and even the marriage was recorded in Latvia. But, first, this is already brilliant Simon spoke the Archers on DELFI, and, secondly, something tells me that in this case, the dry legal opinion would be helpful.

So, the Latvian Parliament adopted amendments to the law, which not only worsened the legal status of foreign citizens applying for residence permit in Latvian Republic, but also distributed to those who residency already has. In assessing this legal regulation, there is every reason to conclude that it is contrary to the European Convention for the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms (the Convention) and the practice of the European court of human rights (ECHR).

Namely, the adopted amendments do not meet the principle of legal certainty, which is one of the most important European democratic achievements and necessary element of legal structures of a legal state. This principle implies the predictability of the legal requirements and the operation of law, stability of legal regulation and includes the prohibition of a turn for the worse.

According to the positions of the ECHR, the law must always meet the established Convention standard — legal norms must be formulated with sufficient clarity that a person could have foreseen what the consequences may be linked to certain of its validity. The ECHR always refers to the need to ensure legal certainty, since this principle is "the inherent right of the Convention and community law", and therefore should be unconditionally perceived by national legal systems of the member States of the European Union and the Council of Europe.

If every single person has to obey the law, if it needs to adapt its behavior to its requirements, then the first condition of orderly social life is the certainty of these requirements. All darkness contradicts the concept of the rule of law and puts people in a difficult position: who knows what to do and what to adapt. Person has the right to demand that he provided was exactly what he wanted and what framework they're working on. The right to certainty of legal norms is one of the inalienable rights of the individual, which only could imagine