3. Cases of disinformation, misinformation and hate speech [..] 3.1 ‘Colonialism’ by the West [..] According to a RAND report (Helmut et al. 2018), Russian actors are actively engaged in disseminating disinformation to Russian speakers in the Baltics, through a variety of means including traditional and social media. According to the report, in some cases … Continue reading "Disinformation campaigns about LGBTI+ people in the EU and foreign influence (excerpt), 2021"
The number of non-citizens in Estonia remains high and amounts to 5.3% of the total population. Systemic discrimination due to insufficient knowledge of the Estonian language does not cease and leads to a high level of unemployment and poverty among the non-Estonian-speaking population. Following international commitments have been violated: ICESCR art. 6 (right to work) … Continue reading "The Most Resonant Human Rights Violations in Certain Countries (excerpt), 2021"
In April, I had some preliminary contact with Estonia’s authorities and a broad range of minority representatives. These meetings confirmed my office’s positive assessment of Estonia’s efforts to support the integration of its diverse society. Because Estonia has gained so much valuable experience along this path, I am planning to intensify our activities to share … Continue reading "HCNM statement to the 1318th Meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council (excerpt), 2021"
INFORMATION The results for 2020 reveal that according to their self-assessment, people of other nationalities have been feeling increasingly more informed about what is going on in their locality and in Estonia over the last 12 years (70% in 2008, 87% and 89%, respectively, in 2020). Another significant trend in the case of residents of … Continue reading "Estonian Integration Monitoring 2020 (excerpt on media), 2021"
[..] Whilst the share of children attending Russian-language pre-schools has decreased from 23% to 15% from 2008–2020, the decrease in the share of basic school students learning in Russian has been slower: their number has dropped from 19% to 16% over the same period of time. [..] INSTRUCTION LANGUAGE PREFERENCES [..] The biggest group of … Continue reading "Estonian Integration Monitoring 2020 (excerpts on education), 2021"
ESTONIAN AND RUSSIAN LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY OF ESTONIAN RESIDENTS Compared to 2008, the general Estonian language proficiency of residents of other nationalities has improved. It’s positive that the share of people whose language proficiency is active has increased to 41% (from 32% in 2008): they understand and speak Estonian, and write in it. The share of … Continue reading "Estonian Integration Monitoring 2020 (excerpts on language skills & interethnic relations), 2021"
We will initiate an action plan for Estonian language education to give everyone an equal opportunity to participate in societal operations and the labour market, and to continue on the next education level. We will allocate the necessary funds for preschools and schools to enable them to organise studies in Estonian while also guaranteeing a … Continue reading "Kallas cabinet Governance agreement (excerpt), 2021"
Estonia’s criminal code includes an incitement to violence provision. The Ministry of Justice is responsible for collecting hate crime data. Data on hate crime are regularly published as part of the ministry’s annual report on crime in Estonia. How hate crime data is collected Police officers are obliged to categorize each case reported to the … Continue reading "Hate crime data 2019 (Estonia), 2020"
ESTONIA Official data The Estonian government informed FRA that, in 2019, the authorities recorded two crimes motivated by antisemitism (the motivation behind the incidents was recorded when the crimes were reported). No reported antisemitic incidents or crimes were recorded in 2015–2018. In 2016 and 2017, the Ministry of Justice of Estonia published a chapter on suspected … Continue reading "Antisemitism – Overview of data available in the EU 2009–2019 (excerpt), 2020"
1. The petitioner is M.T., an Estonian national of Russian ethnicity, born in 1981. He claims that the State party violated his rights under article 2 (2) of the Convention. Estonia acceded to the Convention on 21 October 1991 and made the declaration under article 14 on 21 July 2010. Facts as submitted by the … Continue reading "CERD decision in M.T. v. Estonia (excerpts), 2020"