Estonia does not listen to the PACE in the issue of non-citizens, the expert said

© RIA Novosti / Ilya Petliurite in fotobounce the historical centre of Tallinn. Archive photoEstonia does not listen to the PACE in the issue of non-citizens, the expert said© RIA Novosti / Ilya Petliurite the image Bank

 

The Estonian authorities are unlikely to listen to the opinion of the parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) recommends that the Baltic Republic to reduce the number of stateless persons, says a member of the Council for interethnic relations under the President of Russia Bogdan Bezpalko.

According to him, the reason that PACE in his report on Estonia raised the issue of non-citizens, could become a strong dissonance between what European politicians declare as his ideal state and the political system, and that really is the place to be in the Baltic States, where much of the population lives without citizenship.

«That is actually discriminerende», — quotes Bezpalko Sputnik Estonia.

With the PACE recommendations, in his opinion, can stand regular critical statements by Russia and the few Russian leaders who are trying to reach out to European politicians.

Such guidance is a positive step, but the fact that they will be met, hard to believe, said Bezpalko. According to him, judging by the rhetoric of the Estonian politicians to listen to any recommendations on non-citizens they don’t intend to.

In Estonia, there are about 80 thousand so-called non-citizens. They have no right to belong to political parties and to vote in elections to the European Parliament. The presence in Estonia and Latvia, where mass statelessness has repeatedly criticized Russia, the OSCE, the Council of Europe and the UN.

Thursday, January 25 in Strasbourg at the session of the parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe was published a report on Estonia. The document notes the achievements of the state in the sphere of electronic governance and cyber-security, and contains recommendations on reducing the number of stateless persons. PACE advises Estonia to join the European Charter for regional or minority languages.

 

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