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The Head of State proclaimed a law at this year’s Annual Conference of Human Rights


The patron of the Annual Conference of Human Rights, President Kersti Kaljulaid, proclaimed a law on the amendment of the Obligation to Leave and the Prohibition on Entry Act in front of the people who had gathered to take part in the conference. "As the Head of State, I have the pleasure to proclaim this act, here and now: on the eve of human rights day, at a conference dedicated to human rights," said President Kaljulaid.

According to the Head of State, the Riigikogu yesterday adopted the act with a very difficult title, yet highly important content, without even a single vote against. "The elaboration of the Law on the Amendment of the Obligation to Leave and the Prohibition on Entry Act was a response, on the one hand, to the deterioration of the international security situation and, above all, the elevated terrorism threat. Unfortunately, the situation in the sphere of human rights also demonstrates signs of deterioration at a global level," said President Kaljulaid.

"Therefore, the act was elaborated to consider the recommendations of the European Parliament and the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly regarding the refusal of a visa to those persons who are guilty of violating the human rights of Sergei Magnitsky and causing his death, which can be also imposed in future similar situations," states the Head of State.

The amended version of the legal act concerned is the following: A prohibition on entry may be applied with regard to an alien if there is information or good reason to believe that the alien has participated in or contributed to the violation of human rights in a foreign state, which has resulted in the death, serious physical harm or unfounded conviction of a person for a crime for political motives, or some other serious consequences.

This makes Estonia the first country in Europe to adopt such provisions.

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