The fifth annual Conference on Human Rights will focus on human rights in changing times, and bring together over 350 experts, diplomats, activists and politicians. The 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. We will also focus on the human rights situation in various parts of Ukraine and the growing migrant crisis in Europe. All of these topics have taken on new meaning in the changing security environment and it is more important than ever to understand the implications of these challenges.

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Toomas H. Ilves
President of the Republic of Estonia
Mart Nutt
Director, Annual Conference of the Estonian Institute of Human Rights

The day will start with a survey of Estonia’s membership in the UN Human Rights Council during the last three years. Estonia was elected as a member of the council in 2012 for a term of three years. In the council, the country's focus was democracy and good governance, freedom of expression (including in cyberspace) and the rights of women, children and indigenous people. The presentation will be delivered by Jüri Seilenthal, Director of the Department of Foreign Policy and Developmental Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Russian Minorities in The Baltics - Opportunities, Challenges and Threats.

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