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Levels of intolerance and nationalism have risen in the past years. This has begun to put pressure on persons belonging to both traditional and “new” minorities as well as Swedish-speaking Finns.
The Council of the European Union adopted conclusions on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Charter of Fundamental Rights. The conclusions reaffirm that the Union is based on common values such as respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights, including the rights of persons belonging to minorities. These rights are a cornerstone of the European Union and must be fully respected by all member states and the EU institutions.
Democracy, collective impact, sustainable development, hate speech – how should schools teach and discuss these matters with pupils of varying ages?
Hate speech, climate change, polarization. How do schools react to societal change? Studies in democratic citizenship and human rights provide teachers with the skills required to discuss such questions. A pilot course on the topic was commended by teacher students.
ECRI acknowledges the many measures that have already been made or are in progress. At the same time, it presents 20 recommendations for Finland to combat racism and intolerance.
The Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO) published its first evaluation report on Finland on 2 September 2019. The report analyses the implementation of the provisions of the Istanbul Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence in Finland.
The message of a recent report is that Finland should update the priorities of its human right policy to respond to the new challenges.
The Commission is setting out concrete initiatives grouped around 3 pillars: promoting a rule of law culture; preventing rule of law problems; and responding effectively to breaches of the rule of law.
Many young Jewish Europeans face antisemitic harassment in Europe, but are also very resilient as they clearly express their Jewish identity, finds a report published today by the European Commission and FRA. Rising hate speech and intolerance towards them shows the urgent need for continued concerted efforts to adequately address society’s longstanding and persistent hostility towards Jews.
During the year 2018, the Human Rights Centre (HRC) improved the monitoring of fundamental and human rights. The HRC was actively involved in international and European cooperation.
ECFRI publishes its annual report 2018.
Many people across the EU risk being left behind, as growing intolerance and attacks on people’s fundamental rights continue to erode the considerable progress achieved to date, finds FRA’s Fundamental Rights Report 2019.
Today, the Commission publishes its annual report on how the EU institutions and Member States have been applying the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights.
The Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) has published today its second evaluation report on Finland.
The Human Rights Delegation has published a background paper on Finland's human rights situation that contains recommendations for the promotion of fundamental and human rights during the 2019-2023 Government Term.
United Nations’ Human Rights Committee published two Views concerning complaints about the definition of who is entitled to enter the electoral roll to the elections to the Sámi Parliament in Finland.
European Court of Human Rights published its annual report and statistics 2018. Total of 20 cases pending against Finland.
An Expert Seminar on the Finnish EU Presidency and Fundamental Rights is organised on 29th November 2019. The seminar is web-streamed.
Awareness of minority languages in education and media should be improved
UN's CERD-committee noted progress in the implementation on its latest recommendations but found efforts are needed for several issues.
According to the simplified reporting procedure the NGOs etc are to send information to the UN committees in late 2018.
The Human Rights Delegation demands that more comprehensive resources be allocated for the work during the next government term and that a special national body be established to monitor the activities.
During the year, the Human Rights Centre (HRC) improved the monitoring of fundamental and human rights. The promotion and monitoring of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) established itself as a new task and fundamental and human rights education and training spread widely. The HRC was actively involved in international and European cooperation.
United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Kate Gilmore will visit Finland on Friday 13 April.