Speaking at the international conference against genocide in Stockholm, President Vaira Vike-Freiberga emphasized the need for Europe to properly evaluate the crimes of totalitarian communist regimes. Vike-Freiberga had previously attended the conference on tolerance in Stockholm in 2000 when the meeting focused on the Holocaust.
Latvia witnessed a drop in the number of HIV cases, as 405 new cases of the virus were registered in the country last year, down from 542 the year before and a high of 807 in 2001. The bulk of the new cases were contracted through intravenous drug use. Despite the decline, experts predict that the number will rise in the future.