Finnish authorities must do more to ensure that the grounds for granting asylum are examined thoroughly and that the applicants are provided the legal assistance they require, says Niina Laajapuro, the executive director of Amnesty Finland.
“It’s difficult to comprehend why even this death won’t lead to any further action,” she tweeted, referring to the recent comments of Jorma Vuorio, a director general at the Ministry of the Interior.
YLE on Monday reported that a middle-aged man who was denied asylum in Finland was shot dead in Baghdad, Iraq, on 17 December, 2017. Vuorio told Uusi Suomi later that day that the case of the man is not the first of its kind, adding that the previous cases have not led to any further action being taken.
“What will it take for Finnish authorities to take action?” asked Laajapuro.
Laajapuro said she is particularly bemused by the fact that the Ministry of the Interior seems to be shifting blame to the Finnish Immigration Service (Migri), and Migri to policy makers. She underlined that now that the problem has been recognised, it is time to take responsibility.
Finland recently limited the right of asylum seekers to legal assistance in a move that has provoked criticism from the Finnish Bar Association.
Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Photo: Ahmad Al-Rubaye – AFP/Lehtikuva
Source: Uusi Suomi