FOUNDATION

The Legal Information Centre for Human Rights (originally the Public Centre of Legal information for Human Rights, hereinafter LICHR) was founded at the constituent meeting on May 2, 1994 as a non-profit public organisation and entered the state register of the enterprises, establishments and organisations on September 7, 1994 (No. 01331779, re-registered on April 15, 1997, No. 80005992).

The creation of the Centre was one of several projects financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark within the DANIDA programme, intended to support the democratisation of Estonia and the process of integration of national minorities in Estonian society, in the early nineties of the last century.

The project was prepared with the active assistance of several Danish non-governmental organisations: the Danish Centre for Human Rights (DCHR, now the Danish Institute for Human Rights – DIHR), the Information Centre on Eastern Europe (ICEE) and Minority Rights Group-Denmark (MRG-DK), and various public organisations of Estonia: the Presidential Roundtable on National Minorities, the Representative Assembly of Non-Citizens of Estonia and Tallinn City Government.

The LICHR carries out its activity according to the Charter and the Strategic plan developed in 1997 with the assistance of the Danish Centre for Human Rights. According to the Strategic plan, the primary objectives, problems and areas of activity of the LICHR were defined.

Our Staff Members

OBJECTIVES AND TASKS


• contribution to the constructive dialogue for the development of democratic and integration processes in Estonian society;
• development of legal culture and promotion of knowledge on human rights;
• provision of access to justice, realisation and protection of human rights;
• analysis of human rights situation and dissemination of information on it.

AREAS OF ACTIVITY


• legal aid in the field of protection of human rights and the rights of national minorities;
• analysis of the situation of human and minority rights in Estonia;
• monitoring of Estonian legislation;
• organisation of seminars and training on human rights;
• preparation and publishing of analytical and educational materials on human rights;
• interaction with international organisations operating in the field of human rights and participation in their activity;
• co-operation with practising lawyers, including human rights lawyers;
• co-operation with mass media;
• provision of internships for students of higher education institutions.
LICHR carries out its activity under projects.

COOPERATION


Our main partners:

- European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA)

- European Network against Racism (ENAR)

- European Association for the Defence of Human Rights (AEDH)

-Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM)

Past and Present Cooperation / Support
- European Commission
- Council of Europe
- OSCE and OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights
- Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees
- UN Human Rights Committee, Committee on Elimination of Racial Discrimination and Committee against Torture
- Minority Rights Group International
- International Organization for Migration (IOM)
- European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI)
- European Network Against Racism (ENAR)
- European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE)
- UNITED
- European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC)
- Migration Policy Group (MPG)
- Open Society Institute and Soros Foundation
- Danish Institute for Human Rights
- Norwegian Institute of Human Rights
- Netherlands Helsinki Committee
- Danish Refugee Council
- Estonian governmental structures, parliamentary groups, political parties, independent civil organisations, educational and scientific institutions

FINANCIAL SUPPORT


The activities of the LICHR have been and are financed by various international funds and organisations.
Main sponsors and donors are/were:
- European Commission
- Council of Europe
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark (DANIDA Programme)
- Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands
- British Foreign & Commonwealth Office
- US Department of State
- Soros Foundation
- OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights
- Westminster Foundation (UK)
- Minority Rights Group International – London
- European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA)
- Network of European Foundations (NEF) – European Programme for Integration and Migration (EPIM)
- Civic peace programme of Tallinn City Government
- Euroregion Livonia Co-operation Foundation
- Embassy of the Russian Federation in Estonia
- Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Tallinn and Helsinki (MATRA – KAP Programme)
- Norwegian Embassy in Estonia
- UK Embassy in Estonia
- Embassy of the United States in Estonia
- Roskilde Foundation (Denmark)
- Open Estonia Foundation
- Foundation Russki Mir
- Foundation to support and protect the rights of compatriots residing abroad.


ACTIVITY REPORT 2013