QUOTE OF THE DAY: The victim of rape and racism

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“What similarities are there between the victim of rape and racism? Deniers of rape blame the woman for causing the man to rape her. Deniers of racism blame the victim for causing the man or woman to insult him or her.

Racism feels like being raped. Racism and rape are chronic social ills. Arguments used to give such ills cover and aim to perpetuate them and dilute the victim’s suffering.”

Statement Anti-Hate Crime Organisation Finland: Far-right marches on Finnish Independence Day

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STATEMENT

ANTI-HATE CRIME ORGANISATION FINLAND

SUOMEN VIHARIKOSVASTAINEN YHDISTYS RY

FINSKA ANTI-HARBOTTSORGANISATION RF

December 6, 2018

Message denouncing far-right marches on Finnish Independence Day

Anti-Hate Crime Organisation Finland* denounces all forms of far-right marches in Finland on Finnish Independence Day.The “612 torch parade”, initiated on Finnish Independence Day 2014, originated as a far-right joint effort.

The march organized by the far-right from the start had (at least) three political goals:

  • To bring the far right into the streets, and break the prevailing consensus in Finnish society that the far-right doesn’t hold demonstrations;
  • To gather the scattered far-right into one demonstration to unite their forces;
  • and to create a new fascist Independence Day’s tradition, for the members of the far-right and their sympathizers who wish to celebrate the day in a political way.

In past marches, we have seen violent counter-protests which have sometimes turned in to a brawl between the protesters and the police. In the last few years, many on the Finnish right have re-branded themselves as ‘ethno nationalists’. This is one of the new buzzwords for extremist groups across Europe which has helped to show the links between the Finnish right-wing groups and their international counterparts.

The British campaign group Hope Not Hate, which is backed by politicians and celebrities, has said “people, ideas, and tactics cross borders with an ease not previously possible” and has highlighted a number of events where North American right wing thought leaders are teaming up with European right-wing groups to endorse and amplify their message.

For further information:

www.facebook.com/nohatenetwork

svyfinland@gmail.com

@NoHateNework

Anti-Hate Crime Organisation Finland was founded in September and registered as an NGO in October. The aim of the NGO is to tackle and eradicate hate crime and all forms of discrimination in Finland such as anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, Afrophobia, misogyny and other forms of social exclusion through education and training, seminars, events, conferences, among others.

Statement Anti-Hate Crime Organisation Finland: Two reports that should worry us

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STATEMENT

ANTI-HATE CRIME ORGANISATION FINLAND*

SUOMEN VIHARIKOSVASTAINEN YHDISTYS RY

FINSKA ANTI-HARBOTTSORGANISATION RF

December 2, 2018

 

TWO REPORTS THAT SHOULD WORRY US

This week Finland got cold water thrown at it from two reports that reveal hate crime and Afrophobia are serious problems. One may rightfully ask how a country like Finland, which claims to have one of the best education systems in the world, can do so little to stop such hatred.

On Wednesday, a European Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) study revealed that of the 12 countries surveyed, Finland was the worst place to be a person of African descent.

The following day, the Police University College released its hate crime report for 2017, which saw hate crimes rise by 8% to 1,165 cases compared with 1,079 the previous year.

One of the most worrying matters that the report revealed was the 58% rise in attacks due to religion. As in previous years, most hate crimes (69.8%) were due to ethnic or national background while 20.1% were motivated by the person’s religion.

Interior Minister Kai Mykkänen said in parliament that the FRA report sends a clear message to the whole of society. According to him, Finland is repeatedly at the top of hate crimes and hate speech charts of Europe.

Even if the government and Minister Mykkänen may express concern about the rise in racism in Finland, it is clear that too little is being done to tackle such social ills.

A good example is a recent case of a black woman who was called the n-word in a harassment case. Even if the woman reported the incident to the police, the men got a 60-euro fine for insulting her. There are many other examples. Even educators, who should know better, play down or don’t believe that there is racism in Finland.

With respect to hate crime and hate speech, it’s clear that the on-going fear mongering, insufficient outrage, and the tightening of immigration laws have contributed to making Finland a hostile environment for migrants and minorities, especially for people of African descent and Muslims.

As we see it, we have only ourselves to blame as a country for the rise in hate crime and hate speech. One perpetrator is the government, which has had since 2015 an Islamophobic party as its member.

It would be naïve, even reckless, to claim that only a change of government will improve things.

We have seen social movements and courageous people like Rosa Parks stand up to racism. Finland needs such people now more than ever.

 

For more information contact:

 

Enrique Tessieri                                                   Ahti Tolvanen

chairperson                                                          secretary

040 8400773                                                      046 8129790

svyfinland@gmail.com

www.facebook.com/nohatenetwork

@NoHateNetwork

* Anti-Hate Crime Organisation Finland was founded in September and registered as an NGO in October. The aim of the NGO is to tackle and eradicate hate crime and all forms of discrimination in Finland such as anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, Afrophobia, misogyny and other forms of social exclusion through education and training, seminars, events, conferences, among others.

 

Suomen viharikosvastainen yhdistys ry: Kaksi raporttia, joiden pitäisi huolestuttaa meitä

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LEHDISTÖTIEDOTE

SUOMEN VIHARIKOSVASTAINEN YHDISTYS RY*

FINSKA ANTI-HARBOTTSORGANISATION RF

2.12.2018

 

Kaksi raporttia, joiden pitäisi huolestuttaa meitä

Tällä viikolla Suomi sai kylmää vettä niskaansa kahdesta raportista, joista käy ilmi että viharikokset, vihapuhe ja rasismi mustia ihmisiä kohtaan ovat massa vakavia ongelmia. Voimme kysyä miten on mahdollista että tällaista tapahtuu maassa joka väittää koulutusjärjestelmänsä  olevan maailman parhaita?

Keskiviikkona, Euroopan perusoikeusviraston (FRA) raportti paljasti, että 12 kyselyyn osallistuneesta maasta Suomi oli pahin paikka Afrikkalaistaustaisille.

Seuraavana päivänä, Poliisiammattikorkeakoulu (POLAMK) julkaisi viharikosraporttinsa vuodelle 2017, jolloin vihanrikokset nousivat 8%:  1 165:een tapaukseen verrattuna edellisvuoteen  (1 079): .

Huolestuttavaa POLAMK raportissa oli uskontoon johtuvien hyökkäysten nousu 58%. Aiempien vuosien tavoin, suurin osa viharikoksista (69,8%) johtui etnisestä tai kansallisesta taustasta, kun taas henkilön uskonnosta johtui 20,1%.

Sisäasiainministeri Kai Mykkänen sanoi parlamentissa, että FRA-raportti on vakava viesti koko suomalaiselle yhteiskunnalle. Hän sanoi, että Suomi tulee toistuvasti esiin viharikosten ja vihapuheen kärkisijoille Euroopassa.

Vaikka hallitus ja ministeri Mykkänen ilmaisevat huolestuneisuutensa rasismin noususta Suomessa, on selvää, että liian vähän on puututtu siihen yhteiskunnallisena ilmiönä..

Hyvä esimerkki on äskettäinen tapaus jossa kaksi miestä kutsui julkisella paikalla mustaa naista n-sanalla.. Vaikka nainen ilmoittaisi tapahtumasta poliisille, miehet saivat vain 60 euron sakot loukkauksesta. On monia muita esimerkkejä tämäntapaisista lausahduksista,. jopa tiettyjen opettajien, joiden olisi pitänyt tietää paremmin, Usein nämä vähättelevät tai eivät usko, että Suomessa on rasismia.

On selvää että pelonlietsonta, liian vähäinen johtajuus viharikosten ja vihapuheen torjumiseksi ja maahanmuuttolain kiristämiset ovat ruokkineet toisiaan ja tehneet Suomesta vihamielisen ympäristön maahanmuuttajille ja vähemmistöille, erityisesi afrikkalaistaustaisille ja muslimeille.

Yhdistys uskoo, että keskeisin vastuu viharikosten ja vihapuheen nousuun kuuluu meille kaikille täällä asuvissa.. Yksi iso ongelma on hallituksemme, jossa on vuodesta 2015 lähtien  istunut populistinen maahanmuuttovastainen puolue.

Olisi naiivia,, jopa vastuutonta, väittää, että uusi hallitus yksinomaan tulisi korjaamaan ongelman.

Olemme lähimenneisyydessä nähneet yhteiskunnallisia liikkeitä ja rohkeita ihmisiä,, kuten Rosa Parks, jotka ovat  haastaneet rasismin. Suomi tarvitsee nyt tällaisia ihmisiä enemmän kuin koskaan.

 

Lisätietoja antavat:

 

Enrique Tessieri                                                   Ahti Tolvanen

puheenjohtaja                                                       sihteeri

040 8400773                                                       046 8129790

svyfinland@gmail.com

www.facebook.com/nohatenetwork

@NoHateNetwork

 

* Suomen viharikosvastainen yhdistys ry perustettiin syyskuussa ja lokakuussa sitä kirjattiin Patentti ja rekisterihallitukseen.  Yhdistyksen tarkoitus on viharikosten ja kaikkinaisen syrjinnän vastustaminen ja torjuminen Suomessa kuten antisemitismin, islamofobian, afrofobian, sukupuolisen ja muun sosiaalisen syrjimisen.

Police Uiversity College: Hate crimes rise in 2017 by 8% to 1,165 cases on year

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Hate crimes* in Finland during 2017 rose by 7.97% to 1,165 cases compared with 1,079 the previous year, according to the Finnish Police University College

One of the most worrying matters that the report revealed was the 58% rise in attacks due to religion. The lion’s share of hate crimes (69.8%/813 cases) were due to ethnic or national background while 20.2% (235) were motivated by the person’s religion.

According to the report, Muslims were the most common hate crime targets.

A person’s disability was the cause for 4.9% percent of the cases as well as in 4.9% of cases due to sexual orientation. Twelve hate crimes, or 1%, were based on the victim’s transgender identity or appearance.

“In relation to the number of foreign citizens resident in Finland, the citizens of Afghanistan experienced the highest frequency of crimes motived by ethnic or national origin in 2017,” said the report.

According to the European Islamophobic Report (EIR) 2017, hate crime and speech against Muslims was caused by the tragic events of a knife attack by a young Moroccan asylum seeker in the summer of 2017.  “The incident also sparked tensions among the public which resulted in experiences of increased harassment and attacks against Muslim citizens,” reported EIR.

Anti-Hate Crime Organisation Finland stated that apart from the stabbing that took place last year in Turku, lack of leadership to speak out against hate crime and racism is one factor that it fuelling the problem.

A report published this week by the European Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) showed that racist harassment of people of African descent was highest in Finland (63%). The hate crime report by the Police University College and the one by FRA are related and show a disturbing social ill in Finland that appears to be gaining ground.


Suspected hate crime cases rose by 8.07% last year o 1,165 compared with 1,079 cases.  Source: Police University College

he highest amount of hate crimes were reported by Finnish citizens [1] (655 cases/65%) followed by Somalis (45/4%), Iraqis (82/8%), Afghans (42/4%), Russians (22/2%), and Estonians (17/2%).

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European Agency of Fundamental Rights: Finland has the most racial harassment cases against PAD of 12 EU countries surveyed

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A new study by the European Agency of Fundamental Rights (FRA) reveals that a third of people of African descent (PAD) surveyed have experienced racial harassment in the last five years. That’s not all: Perceived racist harassment was highest in Finland (63%) and least prevalent in Malta 20% (see chart below).

“It is a reality both shameful and infuriating: racism based on the colour of a person’s skin remains a pervasive scourge throughout the European Union,” writes FRA director Michael O’Flaherty in the report’s forward. “…It is a reality both shameful and infuriating: racism based on the colour of a person’s skin remains a pervasive scourge throughout the European Union.”

Finland’s dubious ranking as the highest five-year rate of perceived racist violence against PAD has only ourselves to blame and a result of our lost decade (2011-2019), where we allowed racism and our silence to create the hostile migrants against migrants, especially PAD, today.

Migrant Tales wrote: “Why are the Center Party and National Coalition Party in bed with an anti-immigration and nationalist party like the PS [Perussuomalaiset]?*”

Such a bedfellow has cost Finland dearly in racism, discrimination and hostile environment.


Read the full Guardian story here.

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Far-right vigilante group Soldiers of Odin provokes migrants in East Helsinki

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Without anything better to do than to provoke visible migrants, some 30 members of the far-right Soldiers of Odin were at East Helsinki’s Puhos shopping mall on Monday, according to a video by Finnish Somalimedia Warsan.

According to the Helsinki Times, “shoppers and visitors of the mall were frightened by the group and stayed inside the shops. The show off seems to have gone without incidents or violence. Police presence can also be seen In the video, although they do not seem to interfere. ”

While the Soldiers of Odin have not given any statement about their presence at the East Helsinki shopping mall, it’s clear that the far-right group, which has close ideological ties with neo-Nazi groups, is desperate for attention.

Apart from some cities in Finland like Kemi, where the group is active, the original aim of the Soldiers of Odin is to protect Finnish white women and children from Muslims.

The Finnish police’s and media’s ambiguous stand against the vigilante group gave it some acceptance in Finland.

One may rightfully ask why was it so difficult for the police and media to grasp immediately that the Soldiers of Odin are a symptom of a social ill.

The answer is obvious.

See the video here.

The Puhos mall was in the news in February when the police, Border Guard, health officials carried out spot checks at the East Helsinki shopping center.

Migrant Tales wrote back then:  “While it is a good matter that the Helsinki police service is accountable for its actions, the tweets say nothing about the police’s alleged behavior at the mosque. Why did they spot check everyone who entered and left the mosque? What about the police dog and the shoes? There is no tweet about a policeman who allegedly snapped back and said that ‘this was his country’ and that he had a right to ask the person for his ID.”