President of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) Eiki Nestor gave Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Dunja Mijatović an overview of the human rights situation in Estonia at their meeting today.
Nestor emphasised at the meeting that Estonia considered it important to uphold and strengthen the European Convention on Human Rights system. “We stand for common values and promote the standards of international law,” Nestor said.
The Commissioner was interested in the situation of the rights of women, gender equality and the human rights of older persons in Estonia.
Speaking of the rights of older persons, Nestor said that Estonia was different from many countries by the fact that a great number of pension-age people were employed. “Unlike most European countries, we do not punish our pensioners for wanting to work, and they receive their full pension and also salary for their work,” Nestor emphasised. He pointed out that the situation of older persons who need care was a matter of concern, and said that it was necessary to find a solution that was affordable for people in cooperation of the state and the local governments.
The greatest challenge for Estonia continues to be addressing the gender pay gap, and in Nestor’s opinion, the public sector has to show an example to the private sector here.
As the Commissioner had also visited Ida-Virumaa, solving the social problems of the region was spoken about at the meeting.
Head of the Estonian delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) Marianne Mikko and member of the Riigikogu Urve Tiidus also met with the Commissioner for Human Rights. The main topics discussed with the members of the Riigikogu were gender equality, pay gap, combating violence against women and the Registered Partnership Act.
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