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Finland grants asylum to high-profile Chechens

Finland grants asylum to high-profile Chechens | Finland | Scoop.it
A Chechen couple made famous by the film The 3 Rooms of Melancholia have been granted political asylum in Finland along with their three children.
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Around 100 street beggars remain in Finland

Around 100 street beggars remain in Finland | Finland | Scoop.it

Around 100 street beggars from Romania and Bulgaria have remained in Finland for the winter. They have found shelter in overcrowded one-room apartments and on the streets as no new camp has been constructed.

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Alternative Christmas gifts on the rise - thisisFINLAND: Christmas special: Modern Christmas

Alternative Christmas gifts on the rise - thisisFINLAND: Christmas special: Modern Christmas | Finland | Scoop.it
Tired of giving friends and family “just more stuff”? Buy gifts in their name for people in need, through a charity.

Instead of buying conventional gifts for friends whose homes are already crammed with stuff, generous but practical Finns are increasingly sending useful or even life-saving gifts to people in need, through charitable schemes.

One such scheme is FinnChurchAid’s Alternative Gifts. “Last year donations totalled 1.4 million euros, with over half coming around Christmastime,” explains coordinator Else Hukkanen.

 

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USAID Impact » Eva Biaudet, 2011 TIP Hero, On Finland's Work to ...

USAID Impact » Eva Biaudet, 2011 TIP Hero, On Finland's Work to ... | Finland | Scoop.it
In 2010, Finland issued the first national report on human trafficking, and it has already had a significant impact on our work combatting modern day slavery. First, the report has given decision makers and authorities ...
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Thousands of torture victims live in Finland

Thousands of torture victims live in Finland | Finland | Scoop.it
The United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture is once again being observed on 26 June. The Centre for Torture Survivors at the Helsinki Deaconess Institute highlights the fact that thousands of torture victims also live in Finland.
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Doctor: Finland deports dozens of torture victims each year

The Centre for Torture Survivors in Finland has accused the Finnish Immigration Service of callous disregard for torture victims. They say that dozens of asylum seekers have their applications turned down and are deported back to their country of origin, in contravention of the United Nations Convention Against Torture.
Nearly 60 percent of all asylum seekers in Finland have some kind of torture trauma. Physical and sexual torture are the most commonly understood ways in which people experience torture, but the effects of psychological torture can be even more serious.
The centre’s director, Pekka Tuomala, says that psychological torture can involve watching relatives killed or raped, and that those cases are often ignored. Around 200 torture survivors are referred to the centre, which is run by the Helsinki Deaconess Institute, each year.
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Charity and recycling are brought together at Helsinki Airport - Helsinki Airport

Charity and recycling are brought together at Helsinki Airport - Helsinki Airport | Finland | Scoop.it
Begun three years ago, the joint Finavia and Plan fundraiser for the children of the world will be given an extension, when Helsinki Airport improves its recycling of beverage containers. The deposit proceeds from bottles and cans disposed of by passengers will be used for charity.
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Julieanne Jackson's curator insight, November 17, 2014 3:57 PM

You can donate to charity organizations for a tax deduction. http://www.collectibleswithcauses.org/ This non-profit charity accepts collectibles, all different vehicles, real estate, even aircraft. It's free of charge, convenient; they pick up your donation. Besides the good deed of donating to charity, you get the perks of the tax savings.  :)

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Drop in number of asylum seekers

Drop in number of asylum seekers | Finland | Scoop.it
A total of 913 people applied for asylum in Finland during the first half of this year. The number of applicants is around 40 percent less than a year ago.
If the same trend continues, it is thought the total number of asylum seekers will reach 3,000 by the end of the year. Last year, there were a total of 4,018 asylum applications.
The majority of asylum seekers came from Iraq, Somalia, Russia and Afghanistan.
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Israel-Palestine: The Missing Headlines: Finland to contribute 2 ...

Israel-Palestine: The Missing Headlines: Finland to contribute 2 ... | Finland | Scoop.it
Wafa– Prime Minister, Salam Fayyad and Finland Representative, Pia Rantala-Engberg, Tuesday signed a contribution agreement of two million Euros to financially support the Palestinian Authority(PA).

He thanked Finland for its support of the international initiative for education partnering with other countries to help upgrade the Palestinian education system.
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UNICEF - Afghanistan - Finnish funding enables UNICEF to provide safe water to school children in Afghanistan

UNICEF - Afghanistan - Finnish funding enables UNICEF to provide safe water to school children in Afghanistan | Finland | Scoop.it
Finland has contributed $1.33 million to UNICEF since 2010 for school water and sanitation in Afghanistan. The funding has enabled UNICEF to extend improvements in water supply and sanitation facilities to nearly 77,000 children in 94 schools in northern Afghanistan in the first year of the project. A similar number is expected to be reached in 2011.
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This is amazing that countries even as far as Finland contribute to UNICEF fund, especially as much as 1.33 million dollars, it's global contribution like this that makes the world a better place.

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Red Cross: Near Critical Lack of O- Type Blood

Red Cross: Near Critical Lack of O- Type Blood | Finland | Scoop.it
Hospitals are currently in urgent need of blood products for all blood types. However, supplies of 0- and A- blood are at near critically low levels at the Finnish Red Cross Blood Service.
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Secret clinic cares for undocumented aliens in Helsinki

Secret clinic cares for undocumented aliens in Helsinki | Finland | Scoop.it
It’s all about the papers.
Those who have none must come here.
Lack of papers brought this young couple, a Finnish man and a Thai woman. The woman is five months pregnant, but she cannot see a regular doctor. They are here at the secret clinic for the undocumented, because nobody asks for papers here.
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Finland to Support an International Conference on Education for CARICOM Countries - Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland: Current affairs

Finland to Support an International Conference on Education for CARICOM Countries - Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland: Current affairs | Finland | Scoop.it
Finland has agreed to donate EUR 120 000 to assist with the funding of a Conference on Education.

The Ministry of Education in Jamaica is organising an international conference on education for the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member states, along with the Commonwealth of Learning and the Caribbean Examinations Council. The conference will be held in Montego Bay, Jamaica between 24th and 25th of May, 2011.
The purpose of the conference is to pass on know-how to the region’s officials and schools from Finland, and other countries, which have achieved good educational results.
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Finnish donors deliver food aid and used goods to needy in Estonia

Finnish donors deliver food aid and used goods to needy in Estonia | Finland | Scoop.it

Needy families in Estonia have long been recipients of clothing and all manner of goods from wheelchairs to mattresses supplied by private Finnish benefactors. Most of the aid packages have contained used clothing.
From last year, aid deliveries have increasingly included food. Finnish charity travellers often make personal visits to the families that they assist.
The recession of 2008 led to a decline in standards of living in Estonia. Consequently, more ordinary poor families with children have become recipients of aid, in addition to homes for the elderly, orphanages, and shelters for stray animals.

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Finnish legislation on the purchase of sexual services: potential revisions? | Nordic Prostitution Policy Reform

Finnish legislation on the purchase of sexual services: potential revisions? | Nordic Prostitution Policy Reform | Finland | Scoop.it
The purchase of sexual services from victims of human trafficking and pandering is, since October 2006, a criminal act in the Finnish Penal Code.
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Finland's Fund Helps Local Firms Cash in on Innovation - ScandAsia.com

Finland's Fund Helps Local Firms Cash in on Innovation - ScandAsia.com | Finland | Scoop.it
The Innovation Partnership Program (IPP) is a non-refundable aid by Finland for Vietnam to carry out a program that supports progress toward an industrialized, middle-income knowledge economy by 2020. ...
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Eva Biaudet awarded in the US for her work against human trafficking

Eva Biaudet awarded in the US for her work against human trafficking | Finland | Scoop.it
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Monday warded Eva Biaudet, Ombudsman for the Minorities, for her work against human trafficking reported Yle, Finland's national broadcasting company.
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UN Committee against Torture presented its concluding observations to Finland - Permanent Mission of Finland to the UN : Current Affairs : Ministry for Foreign Affairs News

With regard to asylum-seekers and aliens pending deportation, the Committee recommends that Finland guarantee a suspensive in-country right of appeal and respect for all legal safeguards pending the outcome of appeal.
In the opinion of the Committee, there are deficiencies in the legislation by virtue of which involuntary psychiatric hospitalization and treatment can be ordered in Finland. The Committee recommends that Finland revise its Mental Health Act and pass clear and specific legislation.
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Denying food aid to Russians could constitute discrimination

Denying food aid to Russians could constitute discrimination | Finland | Scoop.it
The Ombudsman for Minorities is investigating the practice by a Kotka charity organisation to distribute bags of food aid only to Finnish citizens
The Kotka-based association Kotkan keräys- ja avustuskeskus (”Kotka collection and assistance centre”) decided last week that foreigners were not entitled to free bags of groceries. In the association’s view, Russians had misused the free food distribution.
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Helsinki not helping accommodate itinerant foreign Roma

Helsinki not helping accommodate itinerant foreign Roma | Finland | Scoop.it
Decision to lead to clearing out of Kalasatama camp

The Helsinki City Board has taken a negative view of a proposal that the city set up camping areas to accommodate itinerant Roma beggars who have been coming to Finland mainly from Romania and Bulgaria.
The decision basically means that about 80 Romanian Roma will be evicted permanently from the premises and front yard of the Satama social centre. On Tuesday morning police began evicting Roma from the area.
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UN refugee chief asks Finns to take in Libyans

UN refugee chief asks Finns to take in Libyans | Finland | Scoop.it
On a visit to Helsinki, the UN's High Commissioner for Refugees has called on Finland to take in Libyan refugees, while praising its refugee system.
High Commissioner António Guterres expressed concern on Thursday about the flow of refugees from Syria into Turkey. Within the past day alone, more than 1,000 people have fled the city of Jisr al-Shoughhour over the Turkish border, he noted.

"I have faith in European solidarity and I'm sure that Finns share this as well," Guterres said, adding that the UN wants help from the EU countries, including Finland.
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First Issue of Poverty Advocacy Publication Hits the Streets

First Issue of Poverty Advocacy Publication Hits the Streets | Finland | Scoop.it
The first issue of Iso Numero (The Big Issue), a newspaper published by a poverty advocacy union, hit the streets on Monday. One at a time, the papers are being sold by Roma panhandlers and the homeless.
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Good News from Finland - Finland will continue to support farmers’ organizations in developing countries

Good News from Finland - Finland will continue to support farmers’ organizations in developing countries | Finland | Scoop.it
The Central Union of Agricultural Producers and Forest Owners (MTK) and Finland’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs have together signed a contract to provide support worth 900,000 euros to strengthen farmers’ organizations in developing countries. Between 2009–2010 MTK started up more than 21 projects in 12 countries with the help of support from the Ministry and within that support framework were 160,000 poor farming families.
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UNHCR - UNHCR completes series of regional dialogues with women in anniversary year

UNHCR - UNHCR completes series of regional dialogues with women in anniversary year | Finland | Scoop.it
HELSINKI, Finland, May 25 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency has completed a unique and moving series of regional dialogues with women that began in India last November and wrapped up in Finland this week.

The seven dialogue meetings brought together hundreds of women in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the Americas and were aimed at giving refugee women a voice and an opportunity to influence change during UNHCR's landmark 60th year.
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Planmeca donates top-level dental devices to the dental clinic in Japan tsunami region

The Finnish company Planmeca Oy, one of the world’s leading dental equipment manufacturers, announces its donation of a Planmeca Compact i dental unit along with a Planmeca ProMax 3D s imaging unit to the temporary dental clinic that is being set up by the Japanese government and Japan Dental Association in the tsunami region.
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