The sixth annual Conference on Human Rights will focus on two topical issues of international concern: migration with a main focus on immigration issues; and topics related to propaganda and freedom of speech.
The 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. In light of the migration crisis, we will examine the issue of who is and who has the right to be a European and if the concept of universal human rights is crumbling in a divided Europe, where we have witnessed the rise of new oppositions.Read more
In exercising our own liberties, we must not violate those of others.
The President of the Republic of Estonia, Patron of the Conference
As a result of the Kremlin’s propaganda, people in Russia are sure that in the absence of the current regime, the country will collapse – this is false.
The Founder of the Open Russia movement
The Internet has the tendency to make us more closed; to seal us all in the bubble of our own beliefs as we interact with those similar to ourselves.
French politician and Professor of Political Science at the Sciences Po
The advent of social media has led to a situation where facts and logic are no longer important; what’s important is emotion. In the new media, lies are spread extensively and with impunity.
Chancellor of Justice in Estonia
Democracy is not a one-time event. It is a process that needs care and love and that people would be open towards each other.
Former United States Secretary of State
As a security issue, it is in all our interests that we would be surrounded by democracy.
Toomas Hendrik Ilves
Former President of Estonia and patron of the Annual Conference of Human Rights
The internet as a human right is something that the whole world is discussing. Only recently it was stated that online and offline rights are the same.
OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media
Since the existing international human rights were not responsible for the status of indigenous peoples, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was adopted.
Dalee Sambo Dorough
Chairperson of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
I believe that we have achieved a lot on the Russian TV landscape and in the future quite a lot of space will be devoted to us in journalism textbooks.
News anchor and deputy editor-in-chief at Russian independent TV "Rain" ("Дождь")
Establishing gender justice makes it possible to better see and understand the context in which we operate. It reduces risks and increases the effectiveness of our actions.
NATO Secretary General's Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security
I asked what Putin would like to talk about and he said the Crimean issue. I said the Crimean issue is a Ukrainian issue - what interests can the Russians have in Crimea?
Commissioner of the President of Ukraine for the Crimean People, Ukraine MP
If those responsible for the crime are in the government or get along well with them, it nullifies the work of the international court.
President of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda at the UN
?More infoEva-Maria AsariAuditor in the National Audit Office of Estonia
?More infoMaksim GorjunovPhilosopher and publicist
?More infoVootele HansenChairman of the Board, Institute of Human Rights
?More infoThella JohnsonSwedish Radio Correspondent to Finland, Baltic countries and Poland
?More infoMartin Bak JørgensenAssociate Professor in the Faculty of Humanities in the Aalborg University
?More infoKersti KaljulaidPresident of the Republic of Estonia
?More infoMikhail KhodorkovskyThe Founder of the Open Russia movement
?More infoÜlle MadiseChancellor of Justice in Estonia
?More infoIvan MakarovRadio editor in Radio 4 (Russian radio in Estonia)
?More infoTuomas MartikainenAssistant Professor of Comparative Theology at the University of Helsinki
?More infoMart NuttPhD, Member of Parliament, Host of the Conference
?More infoGeorgii PocheptsovPhD, Ukrainian media expert
?More infoRaul RebaneIndependent media analyst, expert of media and communication and a publicist
?More infoDominique ReyniéFrench politician and Professor of Political Science at the Sciences Po
?More infoThilo SarrazinPhD, German writer, politician and a former member of the Executive Board of the Deutsche Bundesbank
?More infoTõnis StambergCEO of Turu-uuringute AS
?More infoJelizaveta SurnachevaJournalist at the independent Russian TV-channel ‘Rain’
?More infoTiit TammaruProfessor of Urban and Population Geography in the University of Tartu
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.
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