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to hear complaint by Latvian parents about liquidation of school
RIGA - The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) will hear the complaint filed by Latvian parents about liquidation of Jelgava Elementary School No. 2, LETA learned from lawyer Samirs Askerovs, a representative of parents' initiative group.

Askerovs said that the complaint has been filed with ECHR on May 22, and on August 10 the court made the decision to hear the case.

During the pretrial process, the responsible state and municipal institutions will be required to provide explanations.

The lawyer explained that the parents used the opportunity to contest the decision of the local council made in February 2019 to liquidate the school at Latvian courts, but the complaint was rejected. There were no results from the Constitutional Court, either.

Parents and the lawyer believe that the local council's decision violates the children's rights to learn at the particular school and parents' rights to choose the school for their children. The filed complaint contains more than 400 pages, including communication with courts, the local government, ministries and different decisions, said Askerovs.