Report “Human Rights in Estonia 2014–2015” was published

Estonian Human Rights Centre presented the report “Human Rights in Estonia 2014–2015” which handles the most important developments in the area of human rights in Estonia during the past few years.

“Generally, Estonia has ensured the implementation of human rights relatively well, considering the tense situation in the world. Enactment of the Cohabitation Act, automatic citizenship for stateless minors and participation in the relocation of refugees are specific steps which benefit the whole society,” the editor of the annual human rights report of Estonia, Egert Rünne lists the achievements of the past two years.

“At the same time, incitement to racial hatred and the spread of violence caused by xenophobia are not treated with sufficient seriousness. We are worried about the spread of the populist politics which opposes different groups of the society and unfairly connects them with threats. Whether the target group is the LGBTI people, Estonian Russians or the Muslims.”

“The authors of the chapters of the report are experts from different organisations, independent of the government. The authors give an overview of the current situation in Estonia and give clear recommendations to the country, which help to promote the situation of human rights in Estonia,” added Rünne.

The Estonian annual human rights report assembles the most important events in the area of human rights of the past two years and serves as an important anchor for the human rights organisations and institutions in Estonia and abroad.

The report can be found at here.

The preparation and publishing of the report was supported by the Integration and Migration Foundation “Our People”, the Ministry of Culture, the Embassy of the Netherlands in Estonia and the donators of the Human Rights Centre.

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