Khan calls Estonian language police repressive

3 March 2007 at 1:09 pm | Posted in News | Leave a comment

Amnesty International Secretary General Irene Khan has called Estonia’s language police, the Language Inspectorate “repressive and punitive in nature”, saying it is “counter-productive in promoting social integration and social cohesion.”

Khan’s comments were made in a letter to Estonian Prime Minister Andrus Ansip following an amendment to the country’s language law which is seen to further increase the discrimination against the country’s linguistic minorities.

The Language Inspectorate was established in 1988 under the Estonian Ministry of Education to monitor and maintain the status of Estonia’s official language – Estonian. about a third of the country’s population are enthnic Russians.

In a December 2006 report, Amnesty International called for an end to lingustic discrimination in Estonia.

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