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Dear supporter

December 2020


It's time to wrap up this strange year and send your way the last newsletter of 2020. December was busy with celebrating Giving Tuesday and Human Rights Day before going on a little Christmas holiday. But perhaps one of the biggest achievements of the end of this year was finishing a shadow report on human rights situation in Estonia. Eight NGOs submitted a joint report to the UN Human Rights Council in October and now it is available for everyone to take a look at both in Estonian as well as in English. 

Hope you all had lovely holidays and everyone's in good health. Enjoy the newsletter and Happy New Year!

Human rights in the changed Estonia

On Human Rights Day on December 10, the head of the Estonian Human Rights Center, Egert Rünne looked back at the last decades, when Estonia has purposefully created a country that respects and protects human rights, but is now taking a leap backwards. 

"After the elections, the Estonian Centre Party decided to form a coalition with two parties whose election program lacked or even destroyed the treatment of human rights issues. Few human rights promises reached the coalition agreement," wrote Rünne.

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Estonian NGOs' joint shadow report about human rights


In May 2021, Estonia's third Universal Periodic Review takes place in the UN Human Rights Council. Estonia should ensure the availability of psychiatric care for minors, make public spaces more accessible, criminalise hate speech and alleviate the burden on women as informal carers. These and several other human rights shortcomings are highlighted in a joint report submitted to the UN by a network of human rights NGOs in Estonia.

The network includes the Estonian Human Rights Centre, the Estonian Union for Child Welfare, the Estonian Centre of Disabled Persons, Oma Tuba NGO, the Estonian LGBT Association, the Estonian Vegan Association, the Estonian National Youth Council and the Estonian Student Unions.
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A Question That Will Divide the Nation Despite Its Answer


Centre’s communication manager Mirjam Savioja proposes solutions for countering the spread of hatred and misinformation against the LGBT+ community while politicians tussle over the upcoming marriage referendum. The article was originally published as part of European Liberal Forum’s blog series “How to Counter the Populist Narrative of Scapegoating?”
Giving Tuesday was a great day filled with generosity and unlimited joy. Throughout the day, we did live sessions on human rights centre's Facebook, introducing our people and work, giving out gifts and answering people's questions. On Instagram, we shared videos of our human rights ambassadors. We are very grateful for everyone, who joined us that day and donated to the Centre all together over 1200 euros. Thank you for supporting human rights! 💙
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