Estonian authorities have repeatedly imposed financial penalties on asylum-seekers who cross the border irregularly. But this move by Estonian authorities is against international law. In 1951 joined Estonia the Refugee Convection, which means that asylum-seekers, who are coming from a territory where their life or freedom was threatened, cannot be punished.
To this fact already drew attention the Estonian Human Rights Centre and recently helped a refugee family who were fined for irregular border crossing, by submitting a claim for damages to the state. The Estonian Human Rights Centre provides legal assistance to asylum-seekers and refugees also on other matters – for example more than 40 asylum-seekers and 20 beneficiaries of international protection have been provided legal counselling this year.