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"
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"
I. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY [..] Persons belonging to national minorities with Estonian citizenship enjoy full electoral rights. However, despite notable efforts in facilitating integration and naturalization, a considerable number of residents “with undetermined citizenship”, most of ethnic Russian background, aredisenfranchised in national elections. Minorities-related issues did not feature prominently in the campaign and most parties avoided … Continue reading "ODIHR Election Expert Team Final Report (excerpts), 2019"
[..] In Estonia, in addition to launching the Tallinn Guidelines, I engaged with the Government, minority representatives, civil society, and education professionals, both in the capital as well as in Narva. This regional visit complemented my first assessment of Estonia’s minority-related situation, following my first visit to the country in my current capacity in June … Continue reading "HCNM statement to the 1229th Meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council (excerpt), 2019"
[..] I have just concluded a visit to Estonia where I attended the Lennart Meri Conference and held a series of meetings with representatives of the Government, civil society and national minorities in Tallinn. I took note of the significant progress made in the integration of the Estonian society during the last two decades, especially … Continue reading "HCNM statement to the 1188th Meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council (excerpt), 2018"
The OSCE Parliamentary Assembly: [..] 20. Demands that the Russian Federation [..] cease its subversive activities within the ethnic Russian populations of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania; Document data: June-July 2014. Link: https://www.oscepa.org/documents/annual-sessions/2014-baku/declaration-2/2540-2014-baku-declaration-eng/file Also available in Russian and other languages https://www.oscepa.org/documents/annual-sessions/2014-baku/declaration-2
[..] Last week I visited Estonia. I was generally satisfied with the evidence indicating the increasing cohesion of Estonian society. Importantly, the State approach to integration emphasizes that integration involves active efforts by the majority as well as national minorities. The monitoring of the implementation of the State integration programme points to positive tendencies, including … Continue reading "HCNM statement to the 868th Meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council (excerpt), 2011"
[..] The OSCE Parliamentary Assembly: 14. Calls upon national parliaments and governments of Latvia and Estonia to approve comprehensive legislation prohibiting discrimination based on race, colour, language, religion, sex, national origin and other grounds in the fields of education, employment and social welfare, as well as excluding decision-making directed towards assimilation of national minorities; [..] … Continue reading "Resolution on National Minorities (excerpt), OSCE PA, 2004"