This submission highlights concerns about Estonia’s compliance with its international human rights obligations. It focuses on the persistent problem of statelessness, restrictions on the use of Russian language in education for the Russian-speaking minority, LGBT rights and the rights of refugees and asylum seekers.
The Estonian government has taken a number of steps to implement some of the reforms to which it committed during the Human Rights Council’s review of Estonia under the Universal Periodic Review procedure in 2011. These include, for example, ratifying the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and its Optional Protocol (OP) on May 30, 2012. Estonia also ratified the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict (OP-CRC-AC), which entered into force on March 12, 2014.
The government has yet to implement other reforms to which it committed under the UPR in 2011.
Human Rights Watch UPR Submission to OHCHR: Estonia