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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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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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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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02.06.2016 Hearing: Ruslan Kotsaba – Ukrainian prisoner of conscience (January 2016)


A hearing to consider the case of imprisoned Ukrainian journalist and blogger Ruslan Kotsaba took 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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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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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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10.03.2016 Daugavpils Branch of Latvia's Russian Community letter regarding the BBC provocation


The pseudo-documentary “World War Three: Inside the War Room” was created by your corporation and aired on February 3 and 4 this year. This programme investigated a hypothetical beginning of the World War Three. According to the BBC film, the residents of our city, Daugavpils, are the most real threat for peace in the world. Because you have failed to get any evidence in the life of our country to support this fantasy, you have hired actors who played us as you prefer to perceive us – as uncivilized, cruel, violent and aggressive

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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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19.02.2016 Daugavpils Branch of Latvia's Russian Community regarding the BBC provocation.


The pseudo-documentary “World War Three: Inside the War Room” was created by your corporation and aired on February 3 and 4 this year. This programme investigated a hypothetical beginning of the World War Three. According to the BBC film, the residents of our city, Daugavpils, are the most real threat for peace in the world. Because you have failed to get any evidence in the life of our country to support this fantasy, you have hired actors who played us as you prefer to perceive us – as uncivilized, cruel, violent and aggressive. We are shown as people who deserve neither attention nor sympathy. The documentary style of presentation convinces viewers that they see a real report from Daugavpils.

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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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