European Evangelical Alliance calls on Finland to respect freedom of expression and religious freedom

The European Evangelical Alliance calls out to Finland about the situation of the former Minister of the Interior, Päivi Räsänen.

The European Evangelical Alliance (EEA) wrote a statement to the Finnish government. She said she was "appalled" about the situation of Päivi Rasanen. According to this organization, the former Minister of the Interior of Finland, was "accused of hate speech for quoting the Bible".

EAA says it defends freedom of religion and belief, and freedom of speech for all, claiming that these human rights are the "vital pillars of democracy".

The Alliance explains that Päivi Räsänen faces two years of imprisonment and recalls the charges against her.

“Police have investigated 3 incidents of alleged 'hate speech', or more specifically in Finnish 'ethnic unrest' law. In each situation, she concluded that there was no case to answer. In the case of a brochure published in 2004, the police added that if it was decided that the biblical views presented were perceived as agitation, then publication of the Bible would have to become a crime. Clearly, such a situation would be ridiculous. "

The European Evangelical Alliance recalls that freedom of expression is a fundamental freedom and that according to "article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights and article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, people have the right to express their opinions in public ”.

Thomas Bucher, Secretary General of the Alliance and signatory of this declaration, calls on the Finnish government, asking it "to respect the freedom of expression and the freedom of religion or belief", and urging it to "make it clear its unequivocal support for these fundamental freedoms ”.


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