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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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Joint French-Finnish operation results in 24 arrests in human smuggling case

Joint French-Finnish operation results in 24 arrests in human smuggling case | Finland | Scoop.it

Suspected human smugglers are believed to have arranged for the illegal arrival of Sri Lankan citizens in Finland, from where most of them have moved on to other European countries.
Jukka Tekokoski, the head of the Finnish criminal investigation, says that the case involves an organisation of professionals who traffic in humans...

 

The Sri Lankans paid between EUR 30,000 and EUR 60,000 to the traffickers to get to Europe. One focus of the investigation is to ascertain what the illegal immigrants were expected to do to pay off their debt to the smugglers.

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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 urged to probe rendition flights - UPI.com

Finland urged to probe rendition flights - UPI.com | Finland | Scoop.it
A human rights groups says Finnish authorities should examine newly released data to determine whether U.S. rendition flights landed in the country.
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Legal experts: aspects of True Finns anti-racism declaration would violate constitution

Legal experts: aspects of True Finns anti-racism declaration would violate constitution | Finland | Scoop.it
A number of legal scholars in Finland say that a declaration by the Parliamentary group of the True Finns party against discrimination, racism, and violence contains elements that would go against the Finnish constitution, and would also be in violation of certain international human rights agreements that Finland is committed to.
Kaarlo Tuori, Professor of Jurisprudence at the University of Helsinki, sees the declaration as “very problematic”.
Tuomas Ojanen, Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Helsinki, denounces the declaration as “terrible”, and urges other Parliamentary groups to ignore calls from the True Finns to join it. “On the contrary, it should be condemned”, Ojanen says.
Veli-Pekka Viljanen, Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Turku, says that the implementation of the declaration would lead to a significant deterioration of equality in Finland.
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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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MP Halla-aho confronted by past comments

MP Halla-aho confronted by past comments | Finland | Scoop.it
True Finns MP and Administration Committee chairman had articles on his website claiming that whites are smarter than blacks
Texts written in previous years by True Finns MP Jussi Halla-aho have come to light recently.
Halla-aho, who is the chairman of the Administration Committee of the Finnish Parliament, which decides on matters related to immigration, wrote on his website in 2001 that he hates “human rights” and “tolerance”.
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Russian national in Finland turns to Embassy for help: Voice of Russia

Russian national in Finland turns to Embassy for help: Voice of Russia | Finland | Scoop.it
Russian national Valentina Putkonen, who was admitted to a mental clinic after she'd been deprived of her parental rights, has asked the Russian Embassy in Finland for legal aid. This came in a statement for the Interfax news agency by Valentina Putkonen’s representative and human rights activist, Johan Beckman.
According to him, the authorities acted on a complaint by Valentina’s neighbour, who, the Russian said, was creating some residential problems, and she told her so. 
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Finland Joins Landmine Ban Treaty | Human Rights Watch

Finland Joins Landmine Ban Treaty | Human Rights Watch | Finland | Scoop.it
(Washington, DC) – Finland’s action to join the international treaty banning antipersonnel landmines should spur the United States and others to get on board without delay, Human Rights Watch said today.

 

Finland deposited its instrument of accession to the Mine Ban Treaty with the United Nations in New York on January 9, 2012. The Mine Ban Treaty comprehensively prohibits use, production, trade, and stockpiling of antipersonnel mines and requires their clearance and assistance to victims. http://www.hrw.org/news/2012/01/11/finland-joins-landmine-ban-treaty

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Terrorism investigation uncovers suspicions of human trafficking

Terrorism investigation uncovers suspicions of human trafficking | Finland | Scoop.it
The daily Helsingin Sanomat reported Wednesday that an ongoing
investigation into the country's first-ever terrorism case has turned up
evidence of human trafficking.
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Immigration policy to focus on security

Immigration policy to focus on security | Finland | Scoop.it
Immigration policy is to shift emphasis towards safeguarding security in society, says new Interior Minister Päivi Räsänen. She told YLE radio that immigration policy would now shift to officials in charge of policing.
“Immigration policy will respect basic human rights, but the other thread running through policy will be security and sustainability in society,” said the Christian Democrat. “How many immigrants we can integrate into society.”
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Equality News, EU: Successful Finnish project

Equality News, EU: Successful Finnish project | Finland | Scoop.it
Successful Finnish project 'YES equality is priority 3'

The Finnish programme which has already been running for two years continued to deliver valuable results in its 3rd year (2009-2010). Equality mainstreaming targeted at the public sector included a guidebook, online-training as well as active citizenship and human rights education for young people from ethnic minorities.
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UN Committee against Torture Seeks Clarification from Finland

UN Committee against Torture Seeks Clarification from Finland | Finland | Scoop.it
UN Committee against Torture has posed about 100 additional questions regarding Finland’s periodic report. The committee wants to know in greater detail how various human rights questions are addressed in Finland.
The committee inquired after issues such as violence against women, human trafficking and the legal status of the Roma and Sami people.
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