HCNM statement to the 1318th Meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council (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"

Estonian Integration Monitoring 2020 (excerpts on education), 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"

Internal Security Service annual review 2019 (excerpts on minority activism), 2020

DEFENDING THE CONSTITUTIONAL ORDER [..] The 1990s – a time to learn how to swim at the deep end [..] [..] As a result of the collapse of the Soviet Union, the immigrants brought to Estonia during the occupation period – the majority of whom were Russian-speaking – were left stateless and unemployed. Thousands of … Continue reading "Internal Security Service annual review 2019 (excerpts on minority activism), 2020"

2019 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices (excerpts), 2020

Section 1. Respect for the Integrity of the Person, Including Freedom from: [..] E. DENIAL OF FAIR PUBLIC TRIAL PROPERTY RESTITUTION The government has laws and mechanisms in place for property restitution, and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and advocacy groups reported no issues with the government’s resolution of Holocaust-era claims, including for foreign citizens. [..] Section … Continue reading "2019 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices (excerpts), 2020"

ECSR conclusions on Estonia under Articles 16, 17 RESC (excerpts on Roma), 2020

Article 16 – Right of the family to social, legal and economic protection [..] Measures in favour of vulnerable families In reply to the Committee question, the report provides information about the families with disabled children. As regards Roma families, the Committee also notes that according to data from the population census of 2011, there … Continue reading "ECSR conclusions on Estonia under Articles 16, 17 RESC (excerpts on Roma), 2020"

Human Rights situation in certain countries (excerpts), 2020

Estonia In their reports, the international human rights organizations allege that the Republic of Estonia systematically violates national minorities’ fundamental human rights guaranteed by international instruments and rejects or ignores multiple recommendations by the relevant agencies and bodies of the United Nations, the OSCE and the Council of Europe, as well as the leading international … Continue reading "Human Rights situation in certain countries (excerpts), 2020"

The number of schools with Russian language of instruction

school year total 05/06 100 06/07 97 07/08 91 08/09 86 09/10 87 10/11 82 11/12 80 12/13 79 13/14 80 14/15 74 15/16 69 16/17 70 17/18 70 18/19 69 19/20 67 Document data: quoted from database https://www.haridussilm.ee/ , choosing “General education”, then “Language of instruction” and “vene”

Commissioner’s statement on language policies (excerpts), 2019

Promoting social cohesion through balanced policies on languages [..] The Advisory Committee on the FCNM has consistently emphasised, in respect of a range of countries, including Estonia, Georgia, Latvia, Moldova, North Macedonia, Romania, Slovakia, Ukraine and the Russian Federation, that policies on the use of languages should aim to reconcile the needs of different groups of speakers, those of the … Continue reading "Commissioner’s statement on language policies (excerpts), 2019"