Advisory Committee on Human Rights

The purpose of the Advisory Committee on Human Rights is to advise the Chancellor of Justice in protecting and promoting human rights as well as in monitoring the situation of human rights, including in the following:
  • identifying the situation in terms of protecting human rights;
  • raising issues related to human rights and finding solutions for them;
  • identifying the need for and organising human rights surveys;
  • promoting human rights education;
  • improving the exchange of information between stakeholders.
 
Members of the Advisory Committee are elected by way of a public competition by a committee established by the Chancellor of Justice. The Commission shall be guided by the principles of equal treatment, diversity and equilibrium in its choice. The Chancellor of Justice may invite new members to the Advisory Committee, if necessary.The authorisation of a member of the Advisory Committee is personal. Membership and participation in the work of the Advisory Committee is voluntary.
 
The Advisory Committee is elected for a period of four years and it gathers at least twice a year. The Advisory Committee operates in the form of meetings chaired by the Chancellor of Justice.
 
To ask for advice, the Chancellor of Justice may address a member of the Advisory Committee directly or form field-related work groups.
 
The opinions and recommendations of the members of the Advisory Committee are not binding upon the Chancellor of Justice.
 

Members of the Advisory Committee

Advisory Committee’s 50 members were selected via an open competition and include people from various walks of life from all across Estonia, featuring seasoned specialists in social welfare, violence prevention, education and research, health care, genetic engineering, medical ethics, architecture, labour law, personal data protection, ethnology and language, religious freedom and environmental protection.
 
The composition of the Advisory Committee is as follows:
 
1. Ave Pille
2. Aili Kala
3. Andra Siibak
4. Andres Lehtmets
5. Anne Raadik
6. Eero Janson
7. Eero Merilind
8. Egert Rünne
9. Egle Seppo
10. Eha Reitelman
11. Erik Salumäe
12. Hedda Lippus
13. Helen Orav-Kotta
14. Ingrid Sindi
15. Irene Käosaar
16. Ivan Sergejev
17. Jelena Pipper
18. Juta Jalonen
19. Kai Haldre
20. Katrin Tsuiman
21. Kaur Kötsi
22. Kristjan Kaldur
23. Käthlin Kaurla-Veski
24. Lea Ridamäe
25. Liisa Oviir
26. Liisa-Ly Pakosta
27. Lili Milani
28. Maari Põim
29. Maarja Punak
30. Made Laanpere
31. Marcus Ehasoo
32. Marie Abel
33. Merike Värik
34. Merilin Kiviorg
35. Merle Vaher
36. Paloma Krõõt Tupay
37. Patrick Pihelgas
38. Pille Tsopp-Pagan
39. Piret Visnapuu-Bernadt
40. Priit Kasepalu
41. Ringo Ringvee
42. Siim Vahtrus
43. Tiia Sihver
44. Tiina Vahtras
45. Vahur Valvere
46. Vaike Pähn
47. Vaike Raudava
48. Vootele Hansen
49. Ülle Ernits