12.11.2017 A meeting of solidarity with Catalonian political prisoners took place in Riga
Voting is not a coup! Latvian Russian Union and Left Republicans of Catalonia both support the right of nations to self-determination, as members of the European Free Alliance. On November, 10, a picket of solidarity with the detained ministers and parlamentarians took place in Riga near the Spanish embassy. Photos by Dmitгy Zhilin
05.10.2017 DIFFERENT EXITS - DIFFERENT APPROACHES
The negotiations on Brexit are attracting a lot of attention. In particular, the possible erosion of the rights of around three million EU-27 citizens living in Britain is a major cause for concern. The European Parliament resolution adopted on 3 October states that “the withdrawal agreement must incorporate the full set of rights citizens currently enjoy, such that there is no material change in their position”
17.03.2017 Syrian Peace Process Support Group press conference (VIDEO)
07.02.2017 The Latvian Russian Union (Latvijas Krievu savienība) was established in January 2014
having evolved out of the former party For Human Rights in a United Latvia. It is a left wing political party which campaigns for equal rights for all residents of Latvia regardless of ethnic origin or linguistic background. It has been particularly active in defending the rights of Latvia’s ‘non-citizens’ - the almost 800,000 permanent residents of Latvia who were not granted citizenship after independence. The party has also been prominent in opposing cuts in Russian language education in a country where Russian is the mother tongue of almost 40% of the population.
07.02.2017 Tatjana Ždanoka
Born in Riga in 1950, Tatjana Ždanoka studied mathematics at the University of Latvia, and the University of Montpellier. Tatjana holds a PhD from the University of Latvia where she was a lecturer in higher mathematics from 1972 - 1990. She has been involved in elected politics since the late 1980s as a member of Riga City Council and later the Supreme Council of Latvia. Following Latvia’s independence, Tatjana became a fervent campaigner for the rights of Russian speakers. She was a founder member of the Latvian Human Rights Committee set up in 1992 to combat discrimination against minorities, and later a leader of the political party Equal Rights which in 1998 went on to merge with others to form Par cilvēka tiesībām vienotā Latvijā (For Human Rights in a United Latvia). First elected to the European Parliament in 2004, Tatjana was re-elected in 2009 and 2014 and is known in the European Parliament for her work on human rights and social affairs.