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On the 15th of December, a congress of ForHRUL took place

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13.12.2012 Strong backing for Fundamental Rights Agency"Important work must not be watered down" - Zdanoka


The European Parliament has given its strong backing to the work of the EU's Fundamental Rights Agency. MEPs voted by a large majority to support the work programme of the agency for the next five years - known as the 'multi-annual framework'.

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27.11.2012 Movement "For Equal Rights" appeals the refusal to go on with collecting signatures for citizenship law amendments


On November, 26, the representatives of the movement have submitted to the Administrative Disctrict Court a request to order to conduct the second stage of gathering signatures for the proposed amendments

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23.11.2012 photo


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14.11.2012 For Human Rights in a United Latvia Party’s Program for the Elections of European Parliament, 2009


Human rights and social security for every resident of Latvia! Fair aid in overcoming the crisis for each EU country! The right to use native language and to receive education in mother tongue for every nation in Europe!

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14.11.2012 For Human Rights in a United Latvia party’s program for the elections of the 11th Saeima


The extraordinary elections of 2012 give the chance to elect a parliament that will be really able to justify the confidence of the electorate. We must restore the FHRUL parliamentary group in the new Saeima as a bastion of uncompromising opposition to the regime of nationalists and oligarchs

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14.11.2012 For Human Rights in a United Latvia Party’s Program for the elections of the 11th Saeima (2011)


The extraordinary elections of 2012 give the chance to elect a parliament that will be really able to justify the confidence of the electorate. We must restore the FHRUL parliamentary group in the new Saeima as a bastion of uncompromising opposition to the regime of nationalists and oligarchs

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12.11.2012 Movement "For Equal Rights" calls the Council of Europe to evaluate Latvian law on popular initiatives


The movement has sent a letter to CoE's Secretary-General, Commissioner for Human Rights and President of the Parliamentary Assembly. It calls on them to send Latvian laws for consideration of the CoE constitutional law commission

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08.11.2012 Parliamentary question: Financial support to Frisian-language theatre (27 June 2011)


The Dutch government has announced its decision to stop its financial support to the only professional theatre company working in the Frisian language in that Member State. Answer given by Ms Vassiliou on behalf of the Commission

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08.11.2012 MEP Tatjana Zdanoka presented her report about EU Agency for Fundamental Rights on LIBE meeting


I invite you to support my report concerning a Multiannual Framework for 2013-2017 for the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights.

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07.11.2012 Parliamentary question: Commission evaluation of readmission agreements (13 July 2011)


In February 2011 the Commission released its first evaluation of the readmission agreements which have been concluded by the European Union or on which negotiations are underway. In this context, a number of questions still need to be answered.

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07.11.2012 Parliamentary question: Voting rights for Latvia's 'non-citizens' in local elections (12 October 2011)


Does the Commission agree that the democratic deficit in Latvia may reveal a clear risk of a serious breach of the principles of democracy and respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms?

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07.11.2012 Parliamentary question: Detention conditions in the EU (27 October 2011)


What will the Commission do at EU level to ensure that the fundamental rights of persons detained in prisons are respected and that detention conditions are improved in Member States?

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07.11.2012 Parliamentary question: EU accession to the ECHR and ECtHR reform (8 February 2012)


What steps will the Commission take to strengthen national implementation and reduce the high number of repetitive applications coming before the ECtHR as a necessary precursor to any further concrete steps towards agreement on reform of the Court?

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02.11.2012 Latvian authorities have banned the referendum aimed to solve mass statelessness problem


The Central Election Commission has passed its decision on November 1, 2012. By 6 votes against 3 the Commission has decided to decline the application for referendum. It is worth noting that the Chairman of the Commission, Mr. Arnis Cimdars, was among those in minority position. He has made a statement that the draft law is to be submitted to the popular vote.

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30.10.2012 Opinion on the compatibility of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) withthe European Convention on Human Rights & the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights


An opinion by Douwe Korff, Professor of International law, London Metropolitan University, London (UK) & Ian Brown, Senior Research Fellow, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford (UK), prepared at the request of Greens/EFA group

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30.10.2012 ForHRUL list of candidates for the European elections of 2004


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30.10.2012 ForHRUL list of candidates for the European elections of 2009


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30.10.2012 Parliamentary questionSubject: Biometric passports (6 March 2012)


Is the Commission considering re-evaluating the rules given the problems that appear to exist in several Member States? (For example, it is alleged that 500 000 to 1 000 000 of the 6.5 million biometric passports in circulation in France are false

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30.10.2012 Parliamentary question Subject: Report by the Council of Europe's Parliamentary Assembly 'Lives lost in the Mediterranean Sea: who is responsible? (12 April 2012)


- Does the Commission concur with the report’s conclusion that (taking into account the known facts) the two navy vessels that were in the vicinity of the boat should have taken action to save the lives of the people on board? What is the Commission’s view of the fact that Spain and Italy, the two Member States with navy vessels in the vicinity of the boat concerned, did not take action to save the lives of the people on board? Is the Commission willing to ask why both Member States refrained from taking action? If not, why not?

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30.10.2012 Tatjana Ždanoka question: Implementation of the citizens' initiative (10 May 2012)


Could the Commission confirm that all Member States have already adopted and notified the specific provisions intended to implement Regulation (EU) No 211/2011 as provided for in Article 21 and, in particular, the provisions concerning the online collection systems?

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30.10.2012 Tatjana Ždanoka question: Implementation of the citizens' initiative (10 May 2012)


Could the Commission confirm that all Member States have already adopted and notified the specific provisions intended to implement Regulation (EU) No 211/2011 as provided for in Article 21 and, in particular, the provisions concerning the online collection systems?

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30.10.2012 Parliamentary questionsSubject: European Public Prosecutor, European Arrest Warrant and pre-trial detention (12 September 2012)


Parliament has made it clear, in a number of recent resolutions supported by the Verts/ALE Group, that it favours the strengthening of judicial cooperation within the European Union for purposes of combating fraud involving EU funds and organised crime, notably by creating a European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO) under Article 86 TFEU.

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30.10.2012 MEP Zdanoka's speech on Review of the European Neighbourhood Policy - Eastern Dimension - Review of the European Neighbourhood Policy - Southern Dimension (6 April 2011 - Strasbourg)


I do support the European Neighbourhood Policy as a meaningful political framework for strengthening democracy in both the Eastern and Southern Dimensions, but I have now asked for the floor in order to pose the following question to all of us: whether the European Union’s moral right to show third countries the way towards real democracy is well justified.

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30.10.2012 MEP Zdanoka's speech on the withdrawal of democratic rights to vote in elections and stand for election in Spain (9 May 2011 - Strasbourg)


As a member of the Basque Friendship Group ‘Toward a peace process in the Basque Country’, I was among those signing the declaration aimed at requesting the Spanish Government to reconsider its position and take all necessary measures to ensure that the elections held on 22 May respect basic democratic principles.

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30.10.2012 MEP Zdanoka's speech on External dimension of social policy (6 June 2011 - Strasbourg)


I would like our position on this report to be quite clear. First of all, while we appreciate that the final text may be improved by the votes tomorrow, it is strong enough, and we would simply underline that the role of the International Labour Organisation should be strengthened. On this we agree with the rapporteur.

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30.10.2012 MEP Zdanoka's speech on Guaranteeing independent impact assessments (6 June 2011 - Strasbourg)


I would emphasise once again that the International Labour Organisation’s role should be strengthened. Voluntary corporate social responsibility is a good thing but the primary role in promoting and protecting human rights belongs to states and international organisations.

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30.10.2012 MEP Zdanoka's speech on Application of Schengen acquis in Bulgaria and Romania (7 June 2011 - Strasbourg)


The issue at stake is whether we grant assess to the Schengen area for Bulgaria and Romania.

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30.10.2012 MEP Zdanoka's speech on Changes to Schengen (6 July 2011 - Strasbourg)


We also believe that free movement of people within the Schengen area has been one of the biggest achievements of European integration.

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30.10.2012 MEP Zdanoka's speech on Accession of Bulgaria and Romania to Schengen (12 October 2011 - Brussels)


We all know there were some shortcomings on Bulgaria and Romania’s road to Schengen, but now the problems are resolved and Bulgaria and Romania are fully prepared to join the free travel area in 2011

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30.10.2012 MEP Zdanoka's speech on matters of political importance (24 October 2011 - Strasbourg)


Precisely 20 years have passed since the Supreme Council of Latvia adopted the resolution under which only those residents who had been Latvian citizens in 1940 and their descendents were recognised as having citizenship of Latvia. One third of the population was thus deprived of all political rights. This was a unique case in parliamentary history: a parliament depriving an essential part of its own electorate of citizenship and thus, of voting rights.

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30.10.2012 MEP Zdanoka's speech on Ombudsman's annual report 2010 (27 October 2011 - Strasbourg)


First, in 2010 most of the complaints to the Ombudsman referred to the lack of transparency in the EU administration.

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30.10.2012 MEP Zdanoka's speech on Detention conditions in the EU (14 December 2011 - Strasbourg)


I know the situation very well, due to my experience as a human rights defender who has, for many years, worked on concrete applications coming from places of detention.

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30.10.2012 MEP Zdanoka's speech on European dimension in sport (1 February 2012 - Brussels)


Our political group welcomes the EU-level action in the field of sport being mentioned in the Commission’s communication. We also support the proposals included in Parliament’s motion for a resolution.

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29.10.2012 MEP Zdanoka's speech on EU citizenship report 2010 (29 March 2012)


Tatjana Zdanoka, rapporteur for the opinion of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs.

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29.10.2012 MEP Zdanoka's speech on Biometric passports (19 April 2012)


Mr President, we are extremely satisfied that the studies, as the Commissioner has said, are in progress. Regulation (EC) No 2252/2004 is to be amended and we are happy that Ms Malmström has just expressed the very same opinion. I will allow myself to return to history and self-citation.

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29.10.2012 MEP Zdanoka's speech :" Swiss quotas on the number of residence permits granted to nationals of Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Hungary" (debate Thursday, 24 May 2012 )


Mr President, this is the second time during this Strasbourg session that we have asked why EU Member States are facing unequal treatment by third countries. The first question, related to visa requirements, was addressed to Canada

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04.09.2012 Photo


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14.06.2012 Schengen and border controls. MEPs deliver muted rebuff to attack on Schengen border-free system


The European Parliament’s civil liberties committee this evening voted on two key legislative files related to the EU’s Schengen border-free system, one related to the reintroduction of border controls (Weber report) and one on the evaluation of Schengen (Coehlo report). The votes come after last week's controversial decisions by home affairs ministers on Schengen (1). Commenting on the general outcome of the votes and its implications, Greens/EFA home affairs expert Tatjana Ždanoka said

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24.05.2012 Switzerland criticised for immigration quotas


The European Parliament has heard harsh criticism of Switzerland's decision to introduce restrictions on immigration from central and eastern European countries

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01.05.2012 Schengen/border-free zone. Populist wind blows to EP as MEPs fail to support EU-level approach to border controls


The European Parliament civil liberties committee today voted on its provision position on proposals aimed at revising the Schengen border system on the reimposition of border controls. The Greens believe any reintroduction of border controls should be subject to EU-level approval and regretted the failure of MEPs on the civil liberties committee to endorse this approach. Commenting on the proposals, Greens/EFA MEP Tatjana Zdanoka (Latvia) said

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24.04.2012 Movement "For Equal Rights": Q&A


‘For Equal Rights’ is a Latvian social movement, which was created in 2011. It has a very specific goal - to initiate a national referendum to amend the Citizenship Law. Under the proposed legislation, the Latvian citizenship will be automatically granted to those non-citizens, who wish to take up the citizenship in Latvia

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19.03.2012 Photo


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19.03.2012 Latvian Nazis Desecrated a Wreath to the Victims of Hitler Nazis


I have never seen a more disgusting spectacle in my life. So, March 16, 2012, Riga, a great Latvian holiday devoted to celebration of SS Legion veterans.

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09.03.2012 Photo


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14.02.2012 Photo: Strasbourg, February 14th. MEP Tatjana Zhdanok took part in the campaign against the ACTA agreement


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02.02.2012 Tackling the problems facing sport at European level - More focus needed on social problems facing athletes


The European Parliament has adopted a wide ranging set of recommendations to deal with the major challenges facing sport at European level. Measures to tackle hooliganism and violent behaviour as well as match fixing and illegal betting were supported by MEPs. Latvian MEP Tatjana Zdanoka is a member of the European Parliament's Transport and Tourism Committee. Speaking in the debate in Parliament, Ms Zdanoka praised the recommendations but called for action at EU level to help sportspeople and professional athletes who face difficulties at the end of their careers. She also called for action to alleviate the financial burden on the lowest paid sportspeople, and for more support for traditional sport and games

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02.02.2012 Opinion on the compatibility of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) withthe European Convention on Human Rights & the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights


An opinion by Douwe Korff, Professor of International law, London Metropolitan University, London (UK) & Ian Brown, Senior Research Fellow, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford (UK), prepared at the request of Greens/EFA group

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