Equal Rights (Latvia)


Equal Rights (Latvia)

Equal Rights ( _lv. Līdztiesība; ER) was a political party in Latvia, mainly supported by the Russian minority.

ER was founded on the basis of "Equal Rights" faction (established 1990) in Latvia's parliament as an NGO in 1993, and transformed to a party in 1996. Its first leaders were MPs Tatjana Ždanoka and Sergejs Dīmanis.

In 1998, ER joined with two other predominantly Russian parties, the Latvian Socialist Party and the National Harmony Party to found the alliance For Human Rights in United Latvia ( _lv. Par Cilvēka Tiesībām Vienotā Latvijā; ForHRUL). The alliance partially broke in 2003, when the National Harmony Party and Latvian Socialist Party left it, but Free Choice in People's Europe joined.

From 2001 ER's leader was Tatjana Ždanoka and its chairman was Vladimirs Buzajevs.

In 2007, the 11th Congress of the party decided to merge it with Free Choice in People's Europe, transforming their block ForHRUL into a unified party.


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