Per­son’s name con­ver­sion into Lat­vian – no in­fringe­ment of pri­vacy

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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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