Commissioner’s visit report (excerpts on language & integration), 2004

[..] I THE PROTECTION OF MINORITIES Background 4. Estonia is a multi-cultural and multi-ethnic2 society hosting a large number of minorities. Numerically, the Russian minority forms the largest minority in Estonia, comprising more than 350.000 persons, or more than one quarter of the population of Estonia. In addition, many persons belonging to other minorities, declared … Continue reading "Commissioner’s visit report (excerpts on language & integration), 2004"

Commissioner’s visit report (excerpt on religion), 2004

[..] VII. RELIGIOUS COMMUNITIES 58. As part of my ongoing dialogue with leaders of religious communities in Europe, I met with Jan Kiivit, Archbishop of the Estonian Evangelic Lutheran Church, Stephanos, Metropolitan of the Estonian Orthodox Church and Cornelius, Metropolitan of the Estonian Orthodox Church of the Partriarchate of Moscow. I was informed that religious … Continue reading "Commissioner’s visit report (excerpt on religion), 2004"

Commissioner’s visit report (excerpts on citizenship & participation), 2004

[..] I THE PROTECTION OF MINORITIES [..] Citizenship 8. The legislative process following the independence in 1991 was largely guided by the principle of restoration, which meant, inter alia, that automatic acquisition of Estonian citizenship required a connection to the pre-Soviet era Estonia. Consequently, hundreds of thousands of persons who had settled in Estonia during … Continue reading "Commissioner’s visit report (excerpts on citizenship & participation), 2004"

Commissioner’s visit report (excerpts on ratifications & anti-discrimination law), 2004

GENERAL REMARKS [..] 2. Estonia ratified the European Convention for Human Rights, and its Protocols 1 through 11 in 1996, and Protocol 13 in 2003. Estonia has signed, but not yet ratified Protocol 12 or the European Convention for Human Rights. Estonia also ratified the European Convention against Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or … Continue reading "Commissioner’s visit report (excerpts on ratifications & anti-discrimination law), 2004"