We must bring what is happening in Belarus to the world’s attention and hear from those on the ground. Briefers on #BYHumanRights: UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Belarus, Anaïs Marin; Belarusian opposition presidential candidate Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya; Vice-Chairman of the Viasna Human Rights Center, Valiantsin Stefanovic; Legal Expert for the Belarusian Association of Journalists, Volha Siakhovich. The meeting is chaired by Urmas Reinsalu, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia. The meeting was initiated by Estonia and co-sponsored by UN Security Council members the United States and United Kingdom, as well as Canada, Denmark, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, and Ukraine.

Lennart Meri 90

Happy birthday (või thank you), our dear Lennart!

Lennart Meri, Estonia’s first Foreign Minister and President following the restoration of the independent Republic of Estonia, would have turned 90 today. He has said before: “In a changing world, it is the people who can keep up with it that stand to win; those who stay slightly ahead of the world, who can foresee the problems and issues as well as the solutions that life sends their way.”

His legacy guides Estonian foreign service to this day, with his ability to remember the past and look into the future at once.

Read more about Lennart Meri and his pride of place in Estonian foreign policy: https://vm.ee/et/lennart-meri-90