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