In September, we will continue with our human rights themed discussion evenings

The Estonian Human Rights Centre together with the Equal Treatment Network started a tour in February to collect Estonian people’s stories regarding the human rights situation in our country. Before the implementation of the emergency situation, our tour took us to Rapla, Narva, Kuressaare and Pärnu, but three visits were postponed. In September, the centre will continue the county visits with our partners: on September 9 we will be in Rõuge, on September 10 in Jõgeva, and on September 18 we’ll meet the people of Tapa.

During our visits we will meet municipality leaders and give a human rights themed lecture at a local school. In the evening, there will be a public discussion for locals, where everyone is welcome to share their stories and talk about topics regarding human rights. Human rights are everyone’s rights, regardless of our education, age, disability, nationality, home, or income. Any one of us can do a lot to ensure that our human rights are protected and that every community is a pleasant place to live.

You can also tell your story by doing a short online survey. Every feedback counts! Based on the collected stories, worries and joys, the Equal Treatment Network will file a report to the UN in October for universal periodic review.

Read more on the UN human rights inspection happening in May of 2020.

The Equal Treatment Network project VÕIVIK is financed by the grants of the European Economic Area Active Citizens Fund, which is operated in Estonia by the Open Estonia Foundation in cooperation with the Network of Estonian Nonprofit Organizations.

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