humanrightseurope.org: Human rights commissioner reveals concerns about Estonia’s childrenA new report on Estonia ereveals the human rights commissioner’s concern for the country’s children.
The report, published today by Nils Muižnieks, the Commissioner for Human Rights, declares: “There are still 1200 stateless children in Estonia, a situation which prevents them from taking part in society as full members. This situation must be remedied urgently.
Muižnieks’ report followed last March’s visit to the country. It adds: “Instead of requiring parents to apply for citizenship on the behalf of children, Estonia should grant citizenship automatically at birth to children who would otherwise be stateless. The Citizenship Act should be reformed with a view to reflect the best interests of the child.”
The human rights commissioner (photo) also notes that “corporal punishment, sexual abuse, violence and bullying in schools continue to be serious problems for children in Estonia.”
Muižnieks’ advises the Estonian authorities to ensure “a systematic and firm response to address all violence and abuse against children. Corporal punishment should be prohibited in all settings through explicit legal provisions so as to send a clear signal that any kind of violence against children is unacceptable.
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