The Estonian Institute of Human Rights will host its annual Human Rights Conference on December 10, 2018 in Tallinn,
This high-level human rights conference has become an annual tradition, bringing together experts from various fields with diverse backgrounds and differing views, who all share the goal of ensuring that human rights values will endure.
This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. At our eighth annual conference we will look at small states as equal partners, at the Internet as a gateway to reliable information but also as a tool of manipulation, the future of human rights and as well as at the situation in countries to the east.
The conflict of values in today’s world manifests itself in many ways. First, the conflict of values between human rights and extremism: human rights get in the way of radical forces, as they hinder arbitrary behaviour and authoritarian rule. At the same time, the fight against terrorism can itself create a new conflict of values: to what extent can human rights be restricted in the interests of security?
Another conflict of values may arise in the intersection between freedom and equality. This also gives rise to a conflict within human rights themselves: where do we draw the line between individual and collective rights? If we are to overcome these conflicts of values, we have to continue to promote the protection of human rights as well as tolerance — and not selective tolerance, but rather tolerance towards everyone unless they oppose society by force.
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2017Are Human Rights in Freefall?The conference will address a number of today’s most important topics – terrorism, technological development, security, small states in a globalising world, culture and international cooperation – through a human rights perspective.
2016Black and White Values in a Polarizing WorldThe topics under discussion this year include a survey of public opinion on human rights among the Estonian citizens and foreigners living in Estonia, questions related to collective human rights and propaganda that have changed people’s understanding of basic rights.
2015Human Rights in Changing TimesThe topics under discussion this year include case studies from the European Court of Human Rights, linguistic human rights, as well as the views of various generations of Russians today regarding their society.
2014Dignity in the context of human rightsThis year the conference agenda included three keynotes and a panel discussion following each one: 1) guarantees under international law; 2) rights of native peoples; guarantees under international law; 3) the situation and future in Russia and Ukraine and human rights.
2013Human Rights and the Freedom to AssociationThis year’s annual conference, titled “Human Rights and the Freedom of Association” will analyse the global developments in human rights that have taken place in 2013.
2012New Challenges of Human RightsOur conference examined human rights where the internet and the concept of security have altered dramatically our 20th century understanding of the core issues of human rights.
2011Dedicated to the 20th anniversary of restoration of independence of Estonia