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"
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"
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 complaint 3.1 The authors claim that the State party’s denial of restitution of their property amounts to a violation of articles 2, 14 and 26 of the Covenant. The authors are entitled to recover their property or to receive equivalent compensation. They claim that they suffered discrimination because other claimants in the same position … Continue reading "HRC views in P. L. and M. L. v. Estonia (excerpts), 2019"
Estonia The Estonian authorities continue to inculcate a distorted and grounded on nationalist ideology and Russophobia interpretation of the joint history of Russia and Estonia. The most falsified is the Soviet era presented by modern Estonian historiography as the “occupation 1940 – 1991”, as well as events of the Great Patriotic War in the country’s … Continue reading "Regarding the situation with the glorification of Nazism… (excerpt), 2019"
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"
II. ARTICLE-BY-ARTICLE FINDINGS [..] Article 6 of the Framework Convention [..] Promotion of full and effective equality of Roma Present situation [..] 54. The authorities have taken concrete steps to increase awareness and acceptance of the Roma within the majority population and to combat prejudice against the small Roma community in Estonia. Following the unveiling … Continue reading "FCNM Advisory Committee 4th opinion on Estonia (excerpts on history), 2015"
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"
2 Languages as media of instruction and languages as school subjects in Schools of General Education 2.1 Introduction and Overview [..] Languages as school subjects [..] Composite figures given in the Foreign Language Strategy indicates clearly the respective positions of English and Russian and the definite overall pattern: English as language A (student’s first choice … Continue reading "Language Education Policy Profile (excerpts on Russian language in Estonian medium schools), 2010"
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"