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Latvia: Internal Security Bureau must publish investigation report into abuses against refugees and migrants

Index Number: EUR 52/6215/2022

Latvian media announced on 12 November that the Internal Security Bureau (Iekšējās drošības birojs or IDB), which operates under the Ministry of Interior, had completed an investigation “into possible violence by employees of the State Border Guard against migrants and refugees on the Latvian-Belarusian border”. The investigation found no evidence of violations. The IDB has not released the investigation report to the public and has not issued any information related to the investigation’s remit or methodology. Amnesty International urges the IDB to release the full reports of its 2022 and earlier investigations, including the terms of reference/remit, methodology, and sources consulted to ensure transparency and public scrutiny.

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