Human rights now closer to people

People can only be protected if they’re aware of their rights. In order to raise their awareness, the Estonian Human Rights Centre in cooperation with the Latvian and Lithuanian human rights organisations created the Human Rights Guide online environment, which offers help for understanding human rights in different situations.

The guide introduces various human rights topics in an understandable language, gives examples from real life situations and explains what to do and who to contact if one’s human rights have been violated. It gives a detailed explanation of the limits of freedom of speech in the media and what to do in the case of arrest and detention or when a person is placed in a psychiatric institution.

Egert Rünne, COO of the Estonian Human Rights Centre, said: “People are unable to stand up for their rights, because bits of information are all over the place and understanding legal texts is difficult. The online environment makes it possible to assess one’s own situation in relation to specific issues and, if necessary, find the specific organisation that can help them.”

The Human Rights Guide is a work in progress and constantly updated with new topics. The platform will also be accessible in English and Russian.

The Human Rights Guide can be found at



Egert Rünne

Tel. 644 5148

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