Mart Nutt, PhD, Member of Parliament, Host of the Conference
Kersti Kaljulaid, President of the Republic of Estonia
Mikhail Khodorkovsky, The Founder of the Open Russia movement
The day will start with the introduction of a survey, which researched public opinion regarding the human rights situation in Estonia and examined the level of acclimation by the new immigrants. The survey will be presented in Estonian and translated into English and Russian.
Tõnis Stamberg, CEO of Turu-uuringute AS
The survey conducted among the new immigrants examined their level of acclimation, interest in the Estonian language and visions for the future. At the conference we will get an overview of what Estonians and the foreigners living in Estonia think about the human rights situation in Estonia. The panel will discuss the results of the survey and analyse the situation of the new immigrants and their opportunities for acclimation in Estonia. The panel will be in English and translated into Estonian and Russian.
Martin Bak Jørgensen, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Humanities in the Aalborg University
Tiit Tammaru, Professor of Urban and Population Geography in the University of Tartu
Tuomas Martikainen, Assistant Professor of Comparative Theology at the University of Helsinki
Thella Johnson, Swedish Radio Correspondent to Finland, Baltic countries and Poland
Eva-Maria Asari, Auditor in the National Audit Office of Estonia
The migration crisis has raised questions related to human rights and made many people doubt the fundamental values of the European Union, while raising issues related to the freedom of speech and expression. Based on the universality of human rights and discussing European values, we must ask, “Who is European and who has the right to be European?” We will examine whether the spread of extremist ideologies has caused a crisis in freedom of speech and expression. The panel will be in Estonian, German, French and translated into Estonian, German, French, English and Russian.
Thilo Sarrazin, PhD, German writer, politician and a former member of the Executive Board of the Deutsche Bundesbank
Dominique Reynié, French politician and Professor of Political Science at the Sciences Po
Ülle Madise, Chancellor of Justice in Estonia
During third part of day, we will discuss collective human rights and the impact of propaganda thereon. How can we cope with propaganda that is helping to deepen the crisis in European values? Considering the security situation, will human rights be just as important or do they need to be reinterpreted in the name of a collective defence? The panel will be in Russian and translated into Estonian and English.
Georgii Pocheptsov, PhD, Ukrainian media expert
Jelizaveta Surnacheva, Journalist at the independent Russian TV-channel ‘Rain’
Maksim Gorjunov, Philosopher and publicist
Ivan Makarov, Radio editor in Radio 4 (Russian radio in Estonia)
Raul Rebane, Independent media analyst, expert of media and communication and a publicist
Vootele Hansen, Chairman of the Board, Institute of Human Rights
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