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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.

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14.09.2016 EP: Make Labour Market Favourable for Work-Life Balance


The European Parliament voted on September, 13, to back Ždanoka & Blinkevičiūtė report on Creating Labour Market Conditions Favourable for Work-Life Balance.

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02.06.2016 Basque peace process - Otegi visit to European Parliament


At the invitation of the European Parliament's Basque Friendship Group, well-known Basque independentist figure Arnalo Otegi is visiting Brussels to push for greater support for the Basque peace process. MEPs have called for the Spanish government to enter into dialogue in the search for a lasting peace, with EU support if necessary.

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02.06.2016 Otegi - Spanish government must change course in search of peace


Responding to the release from prison of Basque political figure Arnaldo Otegi, and the implications for building a lasting peace in the Basque Country, politicians from the European Free Alliance have called on the Spanish government to revise its approach to Basque political prisoners. They have also repeated calls for European Union involvement in the Basque peace process, following an important role for the EU in the north of Ireland.

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23.03.2016 A call to defend freedom of expression in Latvia


MEP Tatjana Zdanoka has sent a letter to international human rights organisations. It calls to object against the upcoming amendments to the criminal code of Latvia. The draft amendments restrict the freedom of expression and intimidate opposition by prohibiting vague offences "actions against security interests"

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25.02.2016 Urgent Call for a Peaceful Resolution to the Humanitarian Situation in Sur District of Diyarbakir


Letter to the Turkish Government. The historical district of Sur in Diyarbakir has been under curfew since December 11 last year. The infrastructure has been largely destroyed by shelling. An estimated 200 people are still trapped in the basements, including 15 children under 10 years of age and an unknown number of wounded people. Civilians cannot leave their homes due to the continuous shelling and dead bodies are lying on the streets. The Turkish authorities acknowledge the presence of 131 civilians and 25 PKK militants. We appeal to the Turkish authorities to enable a humanitarian solution to the crisis in all urgency and to create the circumstances that would allow sparing the lives of the civilians, especially the children.

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26.01.2016 Hearing: Ruslan Kotsaba – Ukrainian prisoner of conscience (January 2016)


A hearing to consider the case of imprisoned Ukrainian journalist and blogger Ruslan Kotsaba takes place in the European Parliament on Tuesday 26 January 2016, from 14:00 to 15:30 in room ASP 5E1, organised by Latvian MEP Tatjana Ždanoka. The Ukrainian journalist, blogger and Maidan activist Ruslan Kotsaba is being prosecuted for "Betrayal of the Motherland" because of his reports on the conflict in the Donbass area.

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20.01.2016 "Lies and Double Standards" on Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine


EFA MEP Tatjana Ždanoka from Latvia has criticised the 'lies and double standards' applied to the EU's relations with Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. Ms Ždanoka was speaking during a debate at the European Parliament in Strasbourg on the progress of the three countries towards the EU, following the signing of EU association and free trade deals.

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