8 December
9 December

13:00 – 13:15
Opening remarks by

Mart Nutt, PhD, Member of Parliament, Host of the Conference

Welcome speech

Kersti Kaljulaid, President of the Republic of Estonia

Welcome remarks

Mikhail Khodorkovsky, The Founder of the Open Russia movement

13:15 – 13:35

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

14:35 – 14:55

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


Ph.D. Ülle Madise, Chancellor of Justice in Estonia

16:25 – 16:45

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

Moderator of the Day:

Vootele Hansen, Chairman of the Board, Institute of Human Rights

18:15 – 20:00