ODIHR Election Expert Team Final Report (excerpts), 2019

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"

HCNM statement to the 1229th Meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council (excerpt), 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"

HCNM statement to the 1188th Meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council (excerpt), 2018

[..] 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"

Resolution on Violations of Helsinki Principles by Russia (excerpt), 2014

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

HCNM statement to the 868th Meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council (excerpt), 2011

[..] 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"

Resolution on National Minorities (excerpt), OSCE PA, 2004

[..] 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"