Today, the Estonian Human Rights Centre introduced its brand-new Human Rights Report, which supplies an overview of the state of human rights issues in Estonia in 2018-2019. The compilation and publication of the report was sponsored by ADM, Swedbank and private donors.

According to the “Human Rights in Estonia 2020” report, which was introduced today, the general state of human rights issues in Estonia has improved over the last couple of years. At the same time, the authors of the report note that Estonian society is currently endangered by the spread of intolerant rhetoric, the current state of journalism and freedom of speech and the increasingly more popular idea that human rights are only the rights of the majority.

“Standing up for human rights has always been important. Here at ADM, we have believed in caring for people since the company was first founded. This is because each person is valuable, important and unique. And that is precisely what makes us strong as an organisation. The same principle applies for society in general – if we as a country stand for the rights and freedoms of each individual, then that makes us stronger as a whole. Today’s report shows that Estonia is moving in the right direction but that there is still a lot of work left to be done regarding human rights,” said Riho Pihelpuu, the CEO of ADM.

The “Human Rights in Estonia 2020” report consists of 12 chapters. The authors of each chapter are experts in their field who work independently from the government. The report touches on a variety of issues, ranging from those related to ethnic minorities, refugees, asylum seekers and persons with disabilities to the state of the freedom of assembly, the right to a fair trial and the freedom of expression. The report has been published since 2007 and relies on donations for publication.

The Estonian Human Rights Centre is an independent non-governmental human rights advocacy organisation that works together with its supporters in the name of an Estonia that respects the rights and freedoms of each person.

The report is available here (in Estonian):

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