ECRI 5th report on Estonia (excerpts on ratifications and religion), 2015

FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS I. Common topics 1. Legislation to combat racism and racial discrimination – Protocol No. 12 to the European Convention on Human Rights 1. The Estonian authorities have informed ECRI that they require more time to assess the impact of ratification of Protocol No. 12. ECRI notes that the Protocol, which lays down … Continue reading "ECRI 5th report on Estonia (excerpts on ratifications and religion), 2015"

ECRI 5th report on Estonia (excerpts on language), 2015

SUMMARY [..] ECRI welcomes these positive developments in Estonia. However, despite the progress achieved, some issues continue to give rise to concern. [..] With regard to integration, Russian-speaking citizens and people of undetermined citizenship have not been sufficiently consulted on the implementation of the Language Act, in particular concerning the acquisition of citizenship. This legislation … Continue reading "ECRI 5th report on Estonia (excerpts on language), 2015"

ECRI 5th report on Estonia (excerpts on education), 2015

SUMMARY [..] With regard to integration, Russian-speaking citizens and people of undetermined citizenship have not been sufficiently consulted on the implementation of the Language Act, in particular concerning the acquisition of citizenship. This legislation could result in indirect discrimination with regard to access to employment for persons whose mother tongue is not Estonian. The move … Continue reading "ECRI 5th report on Estonia (excerpts on education), 2015"

ECRI 5th report on Estonia (excerpts on Roma), 2015

FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS I. Common topics [..] 4. Integration policies [..] The results of these policies [..] 60. However, a more detailed analysis is necessary, as the issues surrounding integration, in ECRI’s view, go far beyond the substance of successive Estonian integration strategies. Such an analysis could draw on the detailed recommendations which ECRI made … Continue reading "ECRI 5th report on Estonia (excerpts on Roma), 2015"

ECRI 5th report on Estonia (excerpts on citizenship & participation), 2015

SUMMARY Since the adoption of ECRI’s fourth report on Estonia on 15 December 2009, progress has been made in a number of areas addressed in the report. With regard to legislation, a recent amendment to the Citizenship Act relaxes the language requirements for persons over 65 years of age applying for Estonian nationality and will, … Continue reading "ECRI 5th report on Estonia (excerpts on citizenship & participation), 2015"

ECRI 5th report on Estonia (excerpts on employment), 2015

SUMMARY [..] With regard to integration, Russian-speaking citizens and people of undetermined citizenship have not been sufficiently consulted on the implementation of the Language Act, in particular concerning the acquisition of citizenship. This legislation could result in indirect discrimination with regard to access to employment for persons whose mother tongue is not Estonian. The move … Continue reading "ECRI 5th report on Estonia (excerpts on employment), 2015"

ECRI 5th report on Estonia (excerpts on integration), 2015

SUMMARY [..] Estonia also conducted an integration programme over the period 2008-2013. The programme covered the needs of all vulnerable groups with emphasis on the integration of Russian-speaking citizens and people of undetermined citizenship. The results of the census carried out in 2011 bear witness to the impact of this programme, in particular a decrease … Continue reading "ECRI 5th report on Estonia (excerpts on integration), 2015"

ECRI 5th report on Estonia (excerpts on anti-discrimination), 2015

SUMMARY [..] The Equal Treatment Act should also be reviewed with regard to the following points: the award of public procurement contracts; the removal of any discriminatory provisions appearing, inter alia, in employment contracts or in internal regulations of enterprises; the suppression of public financing of racist organisations; and the definition of other types of … Continue reading "ECRI 5th report on Estonia (excerpts on anti-discrimination), 2015"