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"
[..] C.Principal matters of concern and recommendations [..] Rights of minorities 37.While welcoming the measures taken and the progress made with regard to the integration of the Russian-speaking minority, including the improved proficiency in Estonian language, the Committee remains concerned at the remaining gaps (CCPR/C/EST/CO/3, para. 16), particularly those relating to the impact of the … Continue reading "HRC Concluding observations (excerpt on language), 2019"
[..] C.Principal subjects of concern and recommendations [..] Non-discrimination 10.The Committee is concerned that the Equal Treatment Act only prohibits discrimination on the grounds of religion or views, age, disability and sexual orientation in areas relating to working life and the acquisition of professional qualifications. It regrets the delay in amending the Act to broaden … Continue reading "CESCR Concluding observations (excerpts), 2019"
Article 1(1)(a) of the Convention. Prohibited grounds of discrimination. The Committee recalls its previous comments regarding the protection against discrimination in the Equal Treatment Act of 2008 based on national extraction, social origin and political opinion, and with regard to all aspects of employment, including education and social protection. The Committee notes the Government’s indication … Continue reading "CEACR Direct Request to Estonia under ILO Convention No. 111 (excerpts), 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"
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"
SUMMARY [..] ECRI welcomes these positive developments in Estonia. However, despite the progress achieved, some issues continue to give rise to concern. [..] With regard to integration, Russian-speaking citizens and people of undetermined citizenship have not been sufficiently consulted on the implementation of the Language Act, in particular concerning the acquisition of citizenship. This legislation … Continue reading "ECRI 5th report on Estonia (excerpts on language), 2015"
SUMMARY [..] [..] The Language Inspectorate continues to wield wide powers inthe field of employment, including in particular verification of language proficiency and imposition of fines. [..] Recommendations for immediate action: [..] [..] refrain from imposing fines for violations of the Language Act and replace the penalising approach with a policy of positive incentives; [..] … Continue reading "FCNM Advisory Committee 4th opinion on Estonia (excerpts on language learning and language Inspectorate), 2015"
B. Positive aspects 3. The Committee welcomes the efforts of the State party to amend its policies, programmes and administrative measures to give effect to the Convention, including: [..] (b) Launching of a two-year targeted project by the Ministry of Education and Science for increasing the quality of educational and linguistic counselling for pupils of … Continue reading "CERD Concluding observations on Estonia (excerpts on language), 2014"
Summary [..] 1. Economic crisis and its effects on the enjoyment of human rights [..] Access to education, vocational training and the labour market must be non-discriminatory. [..] The long-standing socio-economic gap between ethnic minorities and the majority population has become more pronounced following the economic crisis. It is particularly worrying that the gap is … Continue reading "Commissioner’s visit report (excerpts on employment and access to justice), 2013"