About

The Human Rights Guide is an online human rights education platform which serves as information and education resource and self-help tool. It is part of a multi-stage human rights education programme in the Baltic region. The Human Rights Guide was founded on the basic ‘right to know their rights’ and its aim is to offer help in understanding human rights in specific situations. It is an on-going project with new themes to be added over time.

The project is managed and maintained by a non-governmental organisation, the Baltic Human Rights Society (referred to as ‘we’ or ‘us’) and contributing partner organisations, authors, editors and translators. By the ‘Human Rights Guide’, ‘this website’ or 'the Guide', we mean the full website and all content, including all the material provided, the structure and the design.

Beta version

The Human Rights Guide is ‘beta’ labelled. This means that you are looking at the first public version of this website. During the beta phase, the website will be continually updated, tested and improved. Some parts may not yet be completed or fully operational. Forthcoming updates include new themes, a Russian language version and country specific versions of the Guide for Estonia and Lithuania.

Copyright

For the time being, the content of this website has not been published under any open or creative commons licence. As a user of the Human Rights Guide, you acknowledge that all copyright and intellectual property rights are owned by the Baltic Human Rights Society. The use of the content provided on this website is explained further below.

Using the content

The content is provided for personal or non-commercial educational use only and may not be made publicly available elsewhere without our permission. By this, we mean:

  • Only personal or non-commercial educational use is allowed. However, in case of any reproduction of the content, in whole or in part, it may not be changed and must contain a reference to the Human Rights Guide using one of the following credits: Cilvēktiesību gids / www.cilvektiesibugids.lv (Latvian) or Human Rights Guide / www.cilvektiesibugids.lv (English).
  • We do not allow the reproduction, republishing or otherwise redistribution of the content of this website for it to be publicly available elsewhere. Instead you must link or reference this website.
  • Any other use of the content, including copying, storing or reproducing, in whole or in part, other than for your own personal or non-commercial educational use, is prohibited without our permission.

For any other use or questions, please contact us.

Using the Guide

The Human Rights Guide is intended for informative and educational use only and designed for general guidance and self-help. By this, we mean:

  • This website aims to offer help for understanding human rights in specific situations. However, as legal questions are complex, this website should not be considered as the main source for appropriate legal aid in a particular individual case. For these purposes, further tailored advice should be sought from a legal professional, relevant institution or competent organisation.
  • Whilst the content of this website explains rights and legal concepts and mentions procedures and law, it must not be considered or referred to as a legal text in itself. The content of this website is of an informative nature and has no legal force. Therefore, this website should not be referred to as an official legal source.
  • The use of this website and reliance on its content is at your own risk, as we assume no responsibility and disclaim all liability. We also don’t offer additional legal aid, support or other help and we reserve the right not to respond to such requests.

Service terms

The Human Rights Guide is provided on an ‘as is’ and ‘as available’ basis. By this, we mean:

  • Whilst we make every effort for the website to be accurate, up-to-date, error free and accessible, we don’t provide any guarantees or warranties and no additional services or support. Furthermore, we don’t accept liability for losses or damages incurred by users of this website.
  • This website is regularly updated and we can make changes at any time without notice. This also applies to these Terms, which we may change from time to time. Please review this page regularly, as by using this website, you give your implied consent to these Terms.
  • All pages on this website are time stamped. The date mentioned at the bottom of the page indicates when the page was last updated and reflects the situation and status of the content to that date. 
  • The official languages of the Human Rights Guide are Latvian, Lithuanian and Estonian. The additional Russian and English versions, including these Terms, are translations provided for your convenience. Please note that discrepancies in content and translation may occur.
  • This website contains external links to websites, documents and social media to provide additional content, resources and features. As these websites are not under our control, we are not responsible in any way for any of their content and cannot guarantee that these websites are accurate, up-to-date, error free or accessible.

Linking

As we promote the use of the Human Rights Guide, we encourage and welcome other websites to link to it. There is no need to seek permission for this, on the condition that you do not use the logo of the Guide without permission or suggest that your website is endorsed by, or affiliated with, the Human Rights Guide. For endorsement, affiliation or the use of the logo of the Guide, please contact us for permission and the digital files.

Partnership

We welcome and encourage partnerships and cooperation, as the Human Rights Guide project aims to serve as a platform for human rights education. If you would like to partner with the Human Rights Guide, become a contributor, or you would like your organisation to be included on this website, please contact us.

Feedback

We welcome feedback and suggestions that could help us to improve the Human Rights Guide. If you would like to contact us, please use the email address below. Please note that we may not be able to respond to all feedback and that we reserve the right not to reply.

Cookies, analytics & privacy

This website puts small files (‘cookies’) onto your computer or mobile device that are required for this website to function and to collect anonymous web analytics. We use these as follows:

  • We use cookies that are required to make this website function properly and enhance the user experience.
  • We collect and analyse anonymous web statistics about how users browse this website. We do this using Piwik open source software with privacy friendly settings. This software is hosted on our servers and does not share any data with third parties. Web analytics help us to understand the needs of our users, make improvements and further develop the Human Rights Guide.
  • As this website aims to promote human rights, which includes the protection of privacy and personal data, we don’t collect or store any information that can be used to identify or track you or that otherwise impacts on your privacy. In addition, we don’t allow third parties services or software to do this via our website.

Please note that by opening external links, e.g. to other websites, externally hosted documents or social media, you browse away from this website and our privacy policy.

Governing law

Any dispute arising under these terms and conditions shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of the Republic of Latvia.

Contact

For inquiries or questions, contact guide@baltichumanrights.org

When contacting us, please note that we cannot offer additional free legal aid or other support.

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