Finland

Demonstration in Helsinki to support protestors in Belarus

On 11th August 2020 people gathered in support of the pro-democratic demonstrations in Belarus. Amongst them were many Belarusians who reside in Finland, including the wife of a student who was arrested in Belarus when he briefly returned to the country to vote in the 2020 elections. In a separate protest, a group of protesters from Extinction Rebellion staged a hunger strike, calling for the Finnish government to take swifter actions towards reducing the country’s carbon emissions. The hunger strike lasted for 12 days but received no concrete response from government. Read more

Demonstration in Helsinki to support protestors in Belarus

Ombudsperson investigates complaints of police participation in Black Lives Matter protest

On 3rd June 2020, following mass protests against racism in the US after the death of George Floyd, a Black man, by a Minneapolis police officer, thousands peacefully gathered in Helsinki for a Black Lives Matter (BLM) protest. However, 16 complaints were filed against the police for double standards as some officers took part in the protest and allowed people to gather despite COVID-19 restrictions. The matter is currently being investigated by the parliamentary ombudsperson.
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Ombudsperson investigates complaints of police participation in Black Lives Matter protest

Protesters arrested for breaking lockdown rules

On 8th May 2020, several dozen people gathered in front of the Finnish parliament in Helsinki to protest the lockdown measures that are in place to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Police were quick to disperse the demonstration. Two people were arrested for violence against a police officer and the organiser was fined for breaking the ban on public gatherings.
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Protesters arrested for breaking lockdown rules

Right-wing Finns Party attacks new grassroots movement, postal workers go on strike

A new grassroots movement which aims to tackle hate speech and racism was launched in Finland. The movement, which attracted thousands of followers and held its first 'fish mob', was publicly attacked by the right-wing Finns Party. Read more

Right-wing Finns Party attacks new grassroots movement, postal workers go on strike

Finnish investigative journalist found guilty for criminal defamation

A Finnish court in the Oulou District has found a Finnish investigative journalist, Johanna Vehkoo, guilty of criminal defamation for calling a local city counsellor, Junes Lokka, a racist and ‘nazi clown’ in a private Facebook post. Read more

 Finnish investigative journalist found guilty for criminal defamation

Anti-immigrant and homophobic rhetoric: Finnish elections spurred harmful speech

On 14th April 2019, Finnish parliamentary elections were held. The Finnish Social Democratic Party won with 40 seats of the total 200, and therefore emerged as the most supported party. Read more

 Anti-immigrant and homophobic rhetoric: Finnish elections spurred harmful speech

Confiscation of Nazi flag during independence march provokes debate in Finland

Police confiscated three Nazi flags during a far-right march on Finland's Independence Day, sparking heated debate. Read more

Confiscation of Nazi flag during independence march provokes debate in Finland

Neo-nazi movement appeals a ban on its activities

The neo-Nazi NRM had its appeal heard by a Turku court on 28th August 2018. Read more

Neo-nazi movement appeals a ban on its activities

District court rules to close down Finnish section of the Nordic Resistance Movement

On 30th November 2017, Pirkanmaa District Court annulled the activities of Finnish section of the neo-Nazi Nordic Resistance Movement, stating that it has used violence and encouraged hate speech among its supporters. Moreover, the Court ruled that the association's activities were not within the scope of protection under the right to freedom of association, as the NRM violates other fundamental human rights. Read more

District court rules to close down Finnish section of the Nordic Resistance Movement

Tensions over immigration rise in wake of terror attack

A terror attack in Turku on 18th August left two dead and fueled political tensions in Finland. Read more

Tensions over immigration rise in wake of terror attack