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28.09.2019 Case of former MEP Tatjana Zdanoka: The Latvian Human Rights Committee accuses...

HRWF (26.09.2019) - At the session on the rule of law of the OSCE/ODIHR Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (HDIM) on 24 September in Warsaw, Alexander Kuzmin of the Latvian Human Rights Committee raised the issue of the defenders of the Russian-speaking minority in Latvia who are harassed and prosecuted by the authorities, and in particular the case of former MEP Tatjana Zdanoka.

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04.04.2019 ‘The darkest powers of society are awakening’: how the Baltic States whip up anti-Semitism

In Estonia a young man offended the chief rabbi of the Republic. Despite the fact that according to research results, the degree of anti-Semitism in Latvia is lower than in its regional neighbours, the country has a considerable difference.

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24.02.2019 EU Parliament Members Worried Over Rights Situation In Baltic States

European Parliament members from Latvia and Estonia on Wednesday discussed the worrying democracy and human rights situation in the three Baltic countries.

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20.02.2019 Political prosecutions in the Baltic countries

Tatjana Ždanoka (Latvia), former MEP (2004-2018). In Latvia, a campaign of harassment against national minority activists has turned to a large scale over the last ten months. The target of the pressure is the non-violent movement for the defence of Russian-language schools, which is supported by the “Latvian Russian Union”. The scale of protests of Russian- speakers against the ongoing destruction of minority education has grown since autumn, 2017.

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24.01.2019 No fair trial for Catalan political prisoners: The trial starts with the request of 214 years of prison for the Catalan leaders

The members and friends of the European political party European Free Alliance (EFA) want to express our deep concern about the unfair trial that is about to begin against the Catalan leaders and Catalan political prisoners, who have already been on pretrial detention for over a year now.

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EFA MEP Miroslavs Mitrofanovs opposes Latvian education reforms...

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11.09.2018 ‘She is too active!’ Latvian court does not allow Tatyana Zhdanok run for the parliament elections

Tatjana Zhdanok is a former MEP, who represented Latvia in the European Parliament during 14 years, but at this moment she is deprived of the right to participate in national elections.

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16.08.2018 Program of Latvian Russian Union for Saeima (Latvian Parliament) Elections of 2018

Latvian Russian Union is a party that advocates the interests of the Russian cultural-linguistic community of Latvia. Latvian Russian Union party is open to all people of good will, who are ready to fight and win in the struggle for the rights and dignity of every human being. The objective of Latvian Russian Union is to achieve legal equality and equal opportunities for all residents of the country regardless of their origin or their mother tongue.

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07.08.2018 Willy Fautré: “There are serious human rights violations in Latvia related to the discriminatory status of the Russian-speaking minority”

We are aware of the situation of Prof. Alexander Gaponenko. He is behind bars. In custody for several months. What is shocking is the fact that, as far as we know, there is no official accusation against him. The only info we could get from open sources is that it is a state secret. This, of course, cannot be accepted by human rights NGOs and in democratic countries.

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26.07.2018 Children go native as Latvian schools say 'Nē' to Russian

The Latvian capital witnessed the latest protest on this hot topic at the beginning of June. A march from the Latvian Riflemen Monument in the centre of the city’s old town to the seat of government numbered over four thousand as drums punctuated the battle cry of “hands off Russian schools!”.

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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

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21.07.2016 Visit to Latvia by EFA MEPs, June 2016

On June 28-30, a European Free Alliance delegation has visited Latvia. MEPs Josep-Maria Terricabras, Tatjana Zdanoka and Jordi Sebastia held meetings in the port cities of Riga, Ventspils and Liepaja, related to the use of EU development funds, the linguistic rights of the Russian minority and the protection of the maritime ecosystem. A press conference in Riga concentrated upon impact of ‎Brexit‬ and the Spanish elections.

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21.04.2016 Petition to the European Parliament on rights for non-citizens

As residents of Estonia and Latvia, we would like to draw your attention to the discrepancies within electoral rights systems of these Member States. Latvia and Estonia host a large number of de facto stateless persons who are former citizens of the Soviet Union, and consequently their descendants, who do not possess the citizenship of the state that they live and do not possess citizenship of any other state. These persons are considered of "undetermined citizenship" in Estonia and "non-citizens" in Latvia. According to data provided by these countries, the number of such persons was 252,017 in Latvia and 82,341 in Estonia at the beginning of 2016. This is a tremendous portion as the total population of these countries is approximately 2 million in Latvia and 1.3 million in Estonia. These persons are not allowed to participate in the European elections. However, they are included in the calculation for the allocation of electoral seats in the European Parliament. Additionally, rights on political participation are very limited for these persons, especially in comparison to EU citizens.

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