Letter to Estonia on stigmatization of a minority rights defender Ms Blintsova, 2016

Excellency, We have the honour to address you in our capacities as Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression; Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association; and Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders pursuant to Human Rights … Continue reading "Letter to Estonia on stigmatization of a minority rights defender Ms Blintsova, 2016"

Letter to Estonia on glorification of a Waffen SS officer, 2014

Excellency, I have the honour to address you in my capacity as Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance pursuant to Human Rights Council resolution 16/33. In this connection, I would like to bring to the attention of your Excellency’s Government information I have received concerning allegations of glorification … Continue reading "Letter to Estonia on glorification of a Waffen SS officer, 2014"

Rapporteur on racism, visit report (excerpts on language), 2008

Summary [..] The Special Rapporteur puts forward a number of recommendations, including the following: [..] The language policy in Estonia should be subject to an open and inclusive debate, in close consultation with ethnic minorities, aimed at finding strategies that better reflect the multilingual character of Estonian society [..] II. GENERAL BACKGROUND A. Historical and … Continue reading "Rapporteur on racism, visit report (excerpts on language), 2008"

Rapporteur on racism, visit report (excerpts on hate crime/speech), 2008

Summary [..] The Special Rapporteur puts forward a number of recommendations, including the following: [..] The Government should develop best practices and general guidelines for the prosecution of cases of incitement to racial hatred and racially motivated crimes The Government should further strengthen the capacity of the Chancellor of Justice, including in terms of financial … Continue reading "Rapporteur on racism, visit report (excerpts on hate crime/speech), 2008"

Rapporteur on racism, visit report (excerpts on statistics and anti-discrimination law), 2008

Summary [..] The Special Rapporteur puts forward a number of recommendations, including the following: [..] The Government should adopt holistic national legislation covering all forms of discrimination in a comprehensive legal act [..] II. GENERAL BACKGROUND [..] B. Demographic, ethnic and religious composition 10. Estonia has a population of 1,342,409, out of whom 68 per … Continue reading "Rapporteur on racism, visit report (excerpts on statistics and anti-discrimination law), 2008"

Rapporteur on racism, visit report (excerpts on Roma), 2008

[..] IV. VIEWS OF CIVIL SOCIETY AND COMMUNITIES CONCERNED [..] 54. The Special Rapporteur has identified three main groups that are vulnerable to racism, discrimination and xenophobia in Estonia, who nevertheless face distinct problems. The Russianspeaking minority, particularly ethnic Russians, is mostly affected by the problem of statelessness as well as language restrictions. The Roma … Continue reading "Rapporteur on racism, visit report (excerpts on Roma), 2008"

Rapporteur on racism, visit report (excerpts on religion and ratifications), 2008

Summary [..] The Special Rapporteur puts forward a number of recommendations, including the following: [..] Estonia should sign the 1954 Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons and the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness [..] II. GENERAL BACKGROUND [..] B. Demographic, ethnic and religious composition [..] 11. Evangelical Lutheranism is the dominant … Continue reading "Rapporteur on racism, visit report (excerpts on religion and ratifications), 2008"

Rapporteur on racism, visit report (excerpts on historical memory and Anti-Semitism), 2008

Summary [..] The Special Rapporteur notes that Estonia, as the other Baltic countries, is at a turning point in its history. The legacy of Soviet domination and occupation left scars that have yet to be healed, profoundly affecting the dynamics of inter-community relations. The main challenge that Estonia currently faces is to build a democratic, … Continue reading "Rapporteur on racism, visit report (excerpts on historical memory and Anti-Semitism), 2008"

Rapporteur on racism, visit report (excerpts on citizenship and participation), 2008

Summary [..] The Special Rapporteur puts forward a number of recommendations, including the following: [..] Estonia should sign the 1954 Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons and the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness [..] II. GENERAL BACKGROUND [..] B. Demographic, ethnic and religious composition [..] 12. An important demographic distinction is … Continue reading "Rapporteur on racism, visit report (excerpts on citizenship and participation), 2008"

Rapporteur on racism, visit report (excerpts on integration and culture), 2008

Summary [..] The Special Rapporteur notes that Estonia, as the other Baltic countries, is at a turning point in its history. The legacy of Soviet domination and occupation left scars that have yet to be healed, profoundly affecting the dynamics of inter-community relations. The main challenge that Estonia currently faces is to build a democratic, … Continue reading "Rapporteur on racism, visit report (excerpts on integration and culture), 2008"