Jaapanis sooritatakse vähim tulirelvakuritegusid maailmas
Jaapanis sooritatakse kõige vähem tulirelvakuritegusid maailmas, kirjutas reedel Briti ringhäälingukompanii BBC.
Head of criminal group gets long jail sentence
The first-tier Tartu county court on Thursday found 11 persons guilty of a variety of criminal offenses, including the forming of and belonging to a criminal organization and unlawful handling of narcotic substances.
European network calling on Estonia to guarantee sufficient funding for women's shelters
The non-profit organization Women Against Violence Europe (WAVE) sent an address to the Estonian authorities to draw attention to the problem of funding women's shelters in Estonia and to call on guaranteeing a necessary budget for their work to be able to continue.
Editorial: let's bring violent deaths down by half
Regarding deaths by violence and accidents, Estonian statistics tell two tales. First, the shrinking numbers over these past decades are impressive. Secondly, we are still lagging behind the nations safest in Europe.
Naised, tähelepanu: mida mehed tegelikult mõtlevad, kui meid «hüsteeriliseks» nimetavad (1)
Me kõik oleme ühel või teisel hetkel elus kuulnud mõnd meest meile ütlevat: «Oh, rahune maha, mida sa hüsteeritsed!» Teeme lühikese tagasivaate selle sõna ajalukku ning meenutame, miks tegelikult ei peaks me leppima, kui meid hüsteerilisteks kutsutakse.
27.07.2016, Dagmar LampPM
Editorial: a changed world
Recently, the phrase «the world is not what it used to be» has been well worn out. The truth being, the world is in constant change while it is the tempo that differs, and the perception of it all.
25.07.2016, Urho MeisterPM
Editorial: young people must be kept far from alcohol
In the entire Western world, alcohol consumption is on the rise and doubtless this is the addictive substance most available to minors. And the current generations are earlier starters with the habit.
Ten members of parliament require removal of Tiit Ojasoo from office
Ten Riigikogu members from every faction wrote to culture minister Indrek Saar and council of NO99 theatre asking that head of the theatre Tiit Ojasoo be removed from office having kicked an actress.
15.06.2016, Helen MihelsonPM
Editorial: let there be truth with mercy
This is no theatre – as assured us by prosecutor and victim beaten by Tiit Ojasoo in her public appeal. Here, we need to realise that on top of the totally condemnable violence, we have flesh and blood people with their feelings and future.
A first in Estonia: biography shredded
Recently, Estonia set the precedent of a publisher Ajakirjade Kirjastus withdrawing from bookstores a biography by Triin Tulev «Elus» (Alive) on sale for a year, had it destroyed and swallowed the costs. Without a court judgment.
29.04.2016, Oliver KundPM
Security police head says safety is nothing absolute
As assured by Security Police chief Arnold Sinisalu, there is no need to be overly worried about terror attacks in Estonia at the moment. Neither is there any need to fear the threat arising with newly arriving migrants, there being no proof of radicals having entered thru such channel.
23.03.2016, Anneli AmmasPM
Editorial: how to restore sense of security in society?
Last week, Estonia was in shock by the brutal beating in Tartu of a father under the very eyes of his small son, having reprimanded young guys for kicking over a trash can. By today, we know of the lengthy punishment register of the offenders.
Editorial: No end in sight with war in Syria. Relief, if lucky
As Syrian ceasefire was signed, journalists cited anonymous political sources as stating the treaty was not worth the paper it was written on. Takes optimism and lively fantasy to imagine that end is in sight for the war of five years. But there may be some relief.
Sexually abused, the youth rarely see specialists
Despite the whopping 32 percent of Estonia's children and youth having suffered sexual abuse, few have recourse to a specialist.
02.02.2016, Triin ÄrmPM
Shelters for women faced with serious court dispute
Tartu Women's Shelter in Tähtvere which saw its financial support from social ministry shrink is intent on contesting the procurement in court. As assessed by Estonian Women`s Shelters Union, this would spell closure of support centres in 12 counties.
01.02.2016, Liis VelskerPM
Estonian court gives life sentence to man who killed 2 in Narva
The Viru county court in northeastern Estonia on Thursday found 30-year-old Anton Bulbenko guilty of killing two people and a threat to kill a third person and sentenced him to life in prison.
Estonians involved in Vantaa shooting
All three individuals involved in a shooting at Vantaa Myyrmäe railway station in Finland on Monday night were Estonian citizens dwelling in Finland.
02.12.2015, postimees.ee, virumaateataja.eePM
Police catch man as suspect in double murder
Police alerted by neighbors found the bodies of two men in their 50s apparently stabbed to their deaths in a village in western Estonia on Tuesday evening and arrested a 51-year-old man as suspect in the killings shortly afterwards.
Editorial: Paris changed everything? It did not. The values must remain
Reaction in Europe to the Friday night terror attacks in Paris were substantially different from before. The acts owned by Islamic State were coordinated and inhumanly cruel. Even so, some of the reactions have led to conclusions potentially hazardous to basic European values. Should these reactions be allowed to dominate, not only will the terrorist groupings will be sent a signal that have they managed to shake Europe, but our own principles may be endangered.
Defiant Congolese triggers rebellion
The Tuesday rebellion at Harku Detention Centre was sparked as a detainee was told of decision to extend his stay for two months. The Congolese opted to protest, soon joined by a couple of dozen people.
12.11.2015, Tiina KaukverePM
Police needs help breaking up fights
As uncovered by Estonian Institute for Open Society research published in March, police investigators indeed deem inability of men to control their aggressiveness the chief cause for violence against women – while not discounting thoughtless behaviour by the ladies themselves. A more recent study on assessment by police shows the same: often, they claim, it’s also thoughtless actions by women that may lead to physical or sexual violence.
30.04.2015, Tiina KaukverePM
Officials say state unable to prevent domestic violence
Lion’s share of police investigators, prosecutors and judges say state is unable to prevent family violence and keep hard cases from happening. This is the stand of 58–72 percent of officials responding to poll «Domestic violence in Estonia thru eyes of jurist».
16.03.2015, Merike TederPM
Editorial: the court just does its job
Boys accused in attempted rape of a girl of 12 were acquitted, by court. Criticism towards the court overflowed, in newspaper websites and social networks. Gender equality commissioner weighed in, finding that court judgments are often gender-biased. Anger boiled over. Understandably, as a child has suffered.
Fights in homes increasingly police priority
Last year, over 9,000 incidents of domestic violence were reported to Police and Border Guard Board, 3,500 of these registered in Harju County. Northern Prefecture offence against person department head Rait Pikaro says the cases are increasingly a priority for police these past years and reporting thereof is increasing.
11.03.2015, Toomas RandloPM
Theft of drug money ends in disability
Court hearing commences regarding cruel beating known by dramatic arrest on Virtsu-Kuivastu ferryboat last October.
05.02.2015, Risto BerendsonPM
Estonian president calls Mariupol attack brutal crime
The terrorist attack by the Russian-supported separatists in Mariupol on Saturday morning, where dozens of civilians were killed by a rocket attack and even more were injured, is a despicable and brutal crime, Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves said on Sunday.
Editorial: let us notice, let us listen, let us lend a helping hand
Today, all of Estonia is in shared mourning with those close to the late teacher Ene Sarap, her colleagues and pupils at Paalalinna School in Viljandi. What a terrible tragedy for the entire nation.
Vahur calm after killing teacher
While firing shots at his teacher, Vahur – a 9th grader at Paalalinna School in Viljandi – was calm and composed. Felled by the bullets from a revolver belonging to boy’s father, Ene Sarap who used to teach German died before the blackboard.
28.10.2014, Nils NiitraPM
Estonian president offers condolences to killed teacher's family, school
Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves offered his deepest condolences to the next of kin of the teacher killed in a school shooting in the southern regional capital Viljandi earlier in the day as well as to the school's teachers and students.
Doctors in difficulty detecting domestic violence
As shown by poll by Estonian Institute for Open Society and University of Tartu, majority of family physicians and gynaecologists, as well as midwives, have run into domestic violence victims. Without proper training and a support network, however, they often fail to help.
22.10.2014, Marina LohkPM
Editorial: example alone matters
A sad story laid out in Postimees today: having battered his pregnant partner, a man may get three years if convicted. Just a case among thousands, though...
Is Estonian police turning dogs on peaceful citizens, cruelly beating alternative-culture-loving concert-goers and opponents of the government, having basically pulled out all the stops? Or is it, rather, that the Estonian police can’t guarantee the basic order, is letting crooks throw their weight around and retreating before all who have the guts to curse them waiving fists and what not?
Police «victim» a likely provocateur
Passerby’s eye is not always right – to summarise a mid-July conflict at a Tallinn event Cultural Dust (Kultuuritolm).
05.08.2014, Risto BerendsonPM
Life in hell on earth
To be born in Gaza, in 21st century, is to be unlucky. For years dubbed «world’s largest open-air prison», the phrase probably isn’t too wide of the mark.
High risk families entered into police register
Neighbours, relatives and teachers alike have become better at letting the police and child welfare know of kids in trouble.
16.07.2014, Anneli AmmasPM
Editorial: street pluralism
At first glance, the increase of demonstrations in Estonia might be seen as sign of civil displeasure. In reality, this needs to be taken as development in democracy and civil society. Lately, our streets have seen slogans not against state and local government alone, but a private bank has also been targeted (protests against Swedbank, in Haapsalu). At University of Tartu, defence of classical faculties has taken on a virtual storm form. The Estonian is getting increasingly active.
Editorial: «people’s republics» reveal real nature
Yet another apprehension of OSCE (Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe) special mission observers in Eastern Ukraine serves to vividly demonstrate the ills of the wilful destabilisation of the country by self-styled «people’s republics».
Rod takes kids down path of crime
Kids punished physically are more likely to commit crimes, consume alcohol and be bullied at school, claims a fresh University of Tartu study. Justice minister Andres Anvelt says this points to family violence spreading outside homes, the problem demanding forceful intervention.
06.05.2014, Andres EinmannPM
Editorial: cruise peddlers must keep clients safe
A couple of lines dropped by Tallink personnel director to a TV channel have triggered a scandal in Swedish society, as well as yet another debate on attitudes related to rape. This is what the director said: «Every woman have to think about that first, how much they drink. They know where it could go. And also we can say that not every drunk person is raped.» The ship company has condemned the attitude that can be attributed to these sentences, and the director has apologised.
10.04.2014, Andres EinmannPM
Estonian formin denounces violence in Egypt
Estonia condemns violence against protesters in Egypt in the course of clearing two antigovernment sit-ins in Cairo, Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet said and added that further expansion of violence might bring along danger of a civil war breaking out.
Midsummer holiday beach brawl triggers inquiry into police conduct
Estonian Interior Minister Ken-Marti Vaher said an internal investigation has been launched into police conduct after a gang of youths attacked campers on a beach in southwestern Estonia during the Midsummer holiday and that he will personally keep an eye on the proceedings.