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"

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"

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"

Democratic Transition and Linguistic Minorities in Estonia and Latvia (excerpt), 2018

Conclusions The issues we have tackled here are very  complex, involve numerous actors, and will be difficult to resolve. From a constitutional perspective, the search for a solution entails balancing diverse interests an values warranting protection. The national authorities’ point of view is clear, especially in Latvia, which refuses to grant local election voting rights … Continue reading "Democratic Transition and Linguistic Minorities in Estonia and Latvia (excerpt), 2018"

Political and Electoral Rights of Non-citizen Residents in Latvia and Estonia: Current Situation and Perspectives (briefing excerpt), 2018

KEY FINDINGS Persons with undetermined citizenship of Estonia and non-citizens of Latvia (‘respective non-citizen populations’) do not have the right to take part in the elections to the European Parliament. The position of Estonia and Latvia is that their respective non-citizen populations have certain legal links with respective States but that these populations are not … Continue reading "Political and Electoral Rights of Non-citizen Residents in Latvia and Estonia: Current Situation and Perspectives (briefing excerpt), 2018"

Recommendations by Russia to Estonia: UPR 2nd round, 2016

122.69 Classify hate speech with racist content and incitement to hatred as crimes punishable under criminal law (Russian Federation); 123.24 Establish a post of an Ombudsman on the issues of national minorities, as recommended previously (Russian Federation); 123.28 Stop discrimination in the area of employment on the grounds of ethnic origin and language and adopt … Continue reading "Recommendations by Russia to Estonia: UPR 2nd round, 2016"

OHCHR Summary of stakeholders’ information for UPR 2nd round on Estonia (excerpts), 2015

A. Background and framework 1. Scope of international obligations 1. Joint Submission 1(JS1) noted that Estonia was not party to any international instruments dealing specifically with statelessness.2 Human Rights Watch (HRW) recommended that Estonia ratify the 1954 Convention Relating to the Status of Stateless Persons, the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness and the … Continue reading "OHCHR Summary of stakeholders’ information for UPR 2nd round on Estonia (excerpts), 2015"

CLRA recommendation 81 (2000) on the situation of local democracy in Estonia (excerpts)

The Congress, (..) Notes in particular that: (..) Aliens have the right to vote in local elections and that, according to the law, candidates in local elections should have Estonian proficiency; in certain areas of the country, the municipal council can work in the language of the majority; (..) Recommends therefore that parliamentary, governmental and … Continue reading "CLRA recommendation 81 (2000) on the situation of local democracy in Estonia (excerpts)"