Council of the Baltic Sea States CBSS
The CBSS serves as an overall regional forum for intergovernmental cooperation, focusing on the need for intensified cooperation in virtually every field of government, with the exception of military defence. A link directory is included.
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Linguistic minorities in Estonia: Discrimination must end [December 2006] / Amnesty International
This paper is available in English, Estonian, and Russian. Estonia has a sizeable Russian-speaking linguistic minority which constitutes approximately a third of the population. Persons belonging to this minority enjoy very limited linguistic and minority rights, and find themselves de facto excluded from the labour market and educational system through a system of rigorous language and citizenship requirements for employment and limited possibilities of studying in minority languages in higher education. Such comprehensive and restrictive citizenship requirements for employment both in the public and private sector, together with Estonia's failure to effectively fulfill several linguistic and educational rights, have led to a situation in which there are disproportionately high levels of unemployment among the Russian-speaking linguistic minority. This in turn has further contributed to social exclusion and vulnerability to other human rights abuses. In consequence, many from this group are effectively impeded from the full enjoyment of their economic, social and cultural rights.
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Legal Information Centre for Human Rights
This web site is in Estonian, in English, and in Russian. The goal here is to promote constructive dialogue and to enhance the awareness of human rights in Estonian society. Useful links are included.
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