Perussuomalaiset (PS)* MP Leena Meri came to the rescue of MP Laura Huuhtasaari, who claimed that human rights don’t apply to everyone. What Meri argues about the UN Declaration of Human Rights is equally worrying considering that she was a policewoman.
Both Meri and Huhtasaari are in the same league when it comes to Islamophobia. Both are building their political careers on hostility towards Muslims. It is naive to think that the hostility they spew about Muslims doesn’t affect all migrants and minorities in this country.
What does this anti-immigration former policewoman PS MP write in the party’s online publication to support her colleague Huhtasaari?
Human rights weren’t originally founded to give rights to practice terrorism but on the contrary. In other words grant normal people the right to live in freedom without being under a dictatorship or terrorism. If our laws in any way are hindering our fight against terrorism such laws should be changed quickly instead of debating such matters.
Meri appears not to have read, like Huhtasaari, the UN Declaration of Human Rights carefully. She should especially take a look at articles 10 and 11.
Everyone is entitled in full equality to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal, in the determination of his rights and obligations and of any criminal charge against him.
Everyone charged with a penal offence has the right to be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law in a public trial at which he has had all the guarantees necessary for his defence.
No one shall be held guilty of any penal offence on account of any act or omission which did not constitute a penal offence, under national or international law, at the time when it was committed. Nor shall a heavier penalty be imposed than the one that was applicable at the time the penal offence was committed.
Read full opinion piece here.
What kind of a country would we live in if we allowed people like Meri and Huhtasaari to give their interpretation of the UN Declaration of Human Rights?
We would be sowing the seeds of a dictatorship and state terrorism.
* The Finnish name of the Finns Party is the Perussuomalaiset (PS). The English-language names adopted by the PS, like True Finns or Finns Party, promote in our opinion nativist nationalism and xenophobia. We, therefore, prefer to use the Finnish name of the party on our postings.