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Intervention by Estonia at the UN Human Rights Council 35th Session under Item 3


UN Human Rights Council 35th Session


Intervention by ESTONIA


Item 3 – Clustered ID with Special Rapporteur on independence of judges and lawyers and Special Rapporteur on violence against women


Geneva, 12 June 2017



Thank you Mr President,

Estonia fully aligns itself with the statement made by the European Union.

We welcome the first report of the Special Rapporteur, Mr Diego Garcia-Sayan, on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers, and the areas of focus during the course of his mandate on the impact of corruption, organized crime and other transnational threats on the judiciary.  We wish the Special Rapporteur every success in fulfilling his mandate and assure him of our complete cooperation.


Estonia would like to thank the Special Rapporteur on violence against women, Dr. Dubravka Šimonović, for the report. We appreciate the topic chosen for this report. Support and protection services are crucial in fighting violence against women. We need to encourage those women and girls who have fallen victim of violence to seek help without being afraid to being subjected to secondary discrimination or even greater violence while doing so, and ensuring their safety and human rights through the provision of those services.

Estonia has taken various protection measures on violence against women. Starting from the January 2017 requirements for woman´s shelters’ service for women victims of violence are described in the Victim Support Act. The service is available in every county in Estonia. Furthermore, other services provided today to women victims of violence are for example national victim support service, around-the-clock hotline for victims of violence against women and their relatives, services for victims of sexual abuse or rape and immediate trauma support.


Lastly, Estonia is moving towards the ratification of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (Istanbul Convention). Thus, we would like to ask whether the Special Rapporteur would have any good practices to share about the implementation of the Istanbul Convention provisions on shelters and protection orders?


Thank you.


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