Russia at UN: Estonia, Latvia violating human rights

Narva border crossing between Estonia and Russia. (RIA Novosti/Scanpix)
9/23/2015 10:08 AM
Category: Politics

Russia has criticized Estonia and Latvia at the United Nations Human Rights Council for alleged discrimination of ethnic minorities.

Russia said the phenomenon of a massive lack of citizenship within the European Union requires the Council's urgent attention. “Discrimination of national minorities in Latvia and Estonia negated international standards,” the Russian Federation said.

The United Stated also received special mention, with Russia saying it is using the principle of extraterritoriality to remove itself from the jurisdiction of international courts, such as in Guantanamo. Russia also pointed the finger at the US and the UK for using drones to hunt terrorists, and the United States again, France, Belgium, Canada and Norway for surveillance of its citizens phone calls under the pretext of anti-terrorist campaigns.

A number of member states, such as Luxembourg, Germany, the United States, Norway, Switzerland, Ukraine, the Czech Republic, Moldova, as well as Human Rights Watch, all drew attention to the Russia's own problems with human rights.

The 2011 Estonian census said 85.1 percent of people in Estonia were citizens of the nation, while 6.9 percent were Russian citizens and 6.5 percent did not have citizenship. 11 years prior to that, 80 percent had Estonian citizenship and 12.4 percent did not have the citizenship of any nation.

J.M. Laats

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