Posts Tagged: hate crime

The Finnish League for Human Rights: Is Finland in need of hate crimes prevention law?

Hate crimes affect members of minority groups all over the world. Some countries take it more seriously than others by passing and enacting hate crime prevention laws, and by investigating suspected cases and prosecuting perpetrators so as to deliver justice to victims. The number of suspected hate crimes registered by Finnish police have increased more

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Throwing water and hurling racist insults at black people is ok if you are a white Finn

Migrant Tales has followed a story that sadly began in the Helsinki neighborhood of Herttoniemi in May 2016. A white woman threw a bucketful of water at three adults and four children from the second floor and started hurling racist insults. Two of the victims were women from Kenya and another one was a white woman from the United States.

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Finnish ministry of interior survey about our “polarized debate” on asylum seekers reveals the government’s prejudices and failures

A new study published Tuesday by the interior ministry and carried out by Vaasa University raises some disturbing questions. What does the survey address and what does it reveal?

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How the Perussuomalaiset party permit racism to see another day in Finland

As almost everyone knows in this country, Finland will hold municipal elections on April 9. The right-wing populist Perussuomalaiset (PS)* are in shock for a number of reasons: their chairman, Timo Soini, who has run the party for 20 years is stepping down in June, and recent polls suggest that they will suffer a stinging defeat in the municipal elections.

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Prime Minister Juha Sipilä’s poor track record on challenging xenophobia and hate speech

The government of Prime Minister Juha Sipilä not only has tightened immigration policy but is complacent and near-silent about the rise of xenophobia and hate speech in Finland. Sure, we’ve heard so many times the familiar “we’re against racism” affirmations, which are only catchphrases that are not supposed to change anything.

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Unidentified man shoots at an asylum reception center in Kouvola, Finland

An unidentified man who was driving a dark-colored station wagon hot at the Rekola asylum reception center in Kouvola, located in southeastern Finland, according to YLE. It is the third time since the asylum reception center has been attacked. In 2015, a man attempted to burn the reception center.  The suspect was apprehended and given a

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Seven months and no justice yet after a Kenyan woman was racially insulted and splashed by a bucket of water

Remember when a Kenyan woman was sitting outside her home in the Helsinki neighborhood of Helsinki one Sunday afternoon on May 22 and a white Finnish woman splashed a bucket of water on her, her children and their friends after shouting racist insults? Well, nothing has happened since then even if Ruth Waweru-Folabit pressed charges against the woman and complained to the non-discrimination ombudsman seven months ago.

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Two stories, two versions about an incident involving asylum seekers in Finland

Two stories, two versions. One by Migrant Tales where asylum seekers allege that a white Finnish driver in a GMC SUV tried to hit them and another one in Mikkeli-based Länsi Savo where the police suspect a traffic dispute that led to an argument where one asylum seeker got hit in the head.

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