FCNM Advisory Committee 4th opinion on Estonia (excerpts on media), 2015

I. KEY FINDINGS [..] Assessment of measures taken to implement the further recommendations from the third monitoring cycle [..] 11. The media environment remains deeply divided along linguistic lines with different segments of society, in particular the Estonian and Russian speakers, consuming different media, which not only differ in language, but also in cultural, political … Continue reading "FCNM Advisory Committee 4th opinion on Estonia (excerpts on media), 2015"

FCNM Advisory Committee 4th opinion on Estonia (excerpts on personal names), 2015

II. ARTICLE-BY-ARTICLE FINDINGS [..] Article 11 of the Framework Convention [..] Recording of Patronyms Present situation 75. There have been no significant developments, including legislative developments as regards modalities for the use of personal names containing patronyms. As observed in the previous Opinions, Estonian legislation provides for recording a person’s official name consisting of a … Continue reading "FCNM Advisory Committee 4th opinion on Estonia (excerpts on personal names), 2015"

FCNM Advisory Committee 4th opinion on Estonia (excerpts on history), 2015

II. ARTICLE-BY-ARTICLE FINDINGS [..] Article 6 of the Framework Convention [..] Promotion of full and effective equality of Roma Present situation [..] 54. The authorities have taken concrete steps to increase awareness and acceptance of the Roma within the majority population and to combat prejudice against the small Roma community in Estonia. Following the unveiling … Continue reading "FCNM Advisory Committee 4th opinion on Estonia (excerpts on history), 2015"

FCNM Advisory Committee 4th opinion on Estonia (excerpts on religion), 2015

II. ARTICLE-BY-ARTICLE FINDINGS [..] Article 12 of the Framework Convention Equal opportunities in access to education for persons belonging to national minorities and intercultural dialogue Present situation [..] 81. As regards cross-cultural communication, understanding and respect for other cultures, the Advisory Committee notes with regret that no arrangements exist to facilitate observance of Christmas celebrated … Continue reading "FCNM Advisory Committee 4th opinion on Estonia (excerpts on religion), 2015"

FCNM Advisory Committee 4th opinion on Estonia (excerpts on culture), 2015

I. KEY FINDINGS [..] Assessment of measures taken to implement the third cycle recommendations for immediate action [..] 9. Finally, some steps were taken to consult persons belonging to national minorities in the run-up to the adoption of the Strategy “Integrating Estonia 2020”. More generally, no measures have been taken to expand consultative mechanisms for … Continue reading "FCNM Advisory Committee 4th opinion on Estonia (excerpts on culture), 2015"

FCNM Advisory Committee 4th opinion on Estonia (excerpts on Roma), 2015

II. ARTICLE-BY-ARTICLE FINDINGS [..] Article 5 of the Framework Convention Support for national minority cultures Present situation [..] 37. An exhibition entitled “We, the Roma” prepared jointly by the Estonian National Museum and Roma civil society representatives opened in October 2013 at the Valga County Museum and travelled in 2014 to locations all over Estonia. … Continue reading "FCNM Advisory Committee 4th opinion on Estonia (excerpts on Roma), 2015"

FCNM Advisory Committee 4th opinion on Estonia (excerpts on education), 2015

SUMMARY [..] In the last seven years Estonian became the main language of instruction in upper-secondary Russianlanguage schools with 60 percent of the curriculum taught in that language. However, a number of problems accompanied this process, including a lack of qualified teachers and teaching manuals adapted for children whose first language is not Estonian. [..] … Continue reading "FCNM Advisory Committee 4th opinion on Estonia (excerpts on education), 2015"

FCNM Advisory Committee 4th opinion on Estonia (excerpts on other language issues), 2015

SUMMARY [..] Strong legislative provisions and policies designed to protect the Estonian language and to guarantee its pre-eminence in all areas of public life, despite the multilingual makeup of Estonian society, remain cornerstones of public policy in Estonia. [..] [..] Recommendations for immediate action: [..] ensure that the Language Act is implemented in a flexible … Continue reading "FCNM Advisory Committee 4th opinion on Estonia (excerpts on other language issues), 2015"

FCNM Advisory Committee 4th opinion on Estonia (excerpts on participation), 2015

I. KEY FINDINGS [..] Assessment of measures taken to implement the third cycle recommendations for immediate action [..] 9. Finally, some steps were taken to consult persons belonging to national minorities in the run-up to the adoption of the Strategy “Integrating Estonia 2020”. More generally, no measures have been taken to expand consultative mechanisms for … Continue reading "FCNM Advisory Committee 4th opinion on Estonia (excerpts on participation), 2015"

FCNM Advisory Committee 4th opinion on Estonia (excerpt on anti-discrimination law), 2015

II. ARTICLE-BY-ARTICLE FINDINGS [..] Article 4 of the Framework Convention Anti-discrimination legislation and its implementation Present situation 26. The Advisory Committee recalls that the Equal Treatment Act adopted in 2008 provides protection from discrimination on the grounds of nationality, race, colour, religion or other beliefs, age, disability and sexual orientation, but not citizenship. The act … Continue reading "FCNM Advisory Committee 4th opinion on Estonia (excerpt on anti-discrimination law), 2015"