Yekaterina ANDREEVA in Vesti.lv, August 8, 2016
…be naturalized and obtain citizenship. Otherwise, in her opinion, they have no right to complain about what is happening in the country, as they do not vote in the elections. [!]
Translated from Russian by Tom Winter
US Ambassador to Latvia, Nancy Pettit Bikoff called Latvia a good ally of the US. She expressed this opinion on Radio Baltkom. And as a confirmation of her words, she announced the that US Vice-President Joseph Biden will visit Latvia toward the end of August.
During the interview, Nancy Pettit Bikoff admitted that the US conducts work in Latvia with a variety of non-governmental organizations that defend “human rights, minority rights, the rights of those people who need strong protection from the state and society.” Among these, according to her, in the view of the US Embassy in Latvia, are people with disabilities, the LGBT community, and victims of domestic violence and human trafficking.
In addition the US ambassador drew attention to the fact that non-governmental organizations can work together with the Government of Latvia to spell out to it (the state) the particular challenges and “the need for further legislative activities,” reports Mixnews.
“Every member of the society has a duty, in my opinion, toward the promotion of human rights. It should be something to give back to society,” said the ambassador.
She also stressed that it the role played by the media is very important for the US and the defense of “human rights” Investigative journalism in particular.
During the conversation, the US Ambassador Nancy Pettit Bikoff also addressed non-citizens of Latvia with an appeal to be naturalized and obtain citizenship. Otherwise, in her opinion, they have no right to complain about what is happening in the country, as they do not vote in the elections.
“If you are not involved in the democratic process, and dissatisfied with something, then it’s your own fault. For example, every year 700 thousand people become US citizens. And I think that most of them vote in elections. I think that members of the community who care about the future of the country here, also need to take responsibility for the future,” she didactically told Latvian non-citizens what to do. After that the US ambassador closed the conversation with a phrase in in Russian: “Thank you for the interview.”
Translator’s note: Where to begin? Pity the poor satirists out of work, since the work of satire is taken by officials imported from the States! Cry? Laugh?