Puheeni Euroopan neuvoston parlamentaarisessa yleisistunnossa 28.1.2016
Torstai 4.2.2016 klo 15:18
Mr President, dear colleagues,
We are talking about a very important issue: Harassment of women
The rapidly increasing amount of asylum seekers in Finland has caused a sense of insecurity, especially as a result of cultural differences: the rights of women in Europe and in Finland are very different to the situation in many countries of origin.
Unfortunately, there are persons among the asylum seekers that do not share these same values. In Finland, individual protection as well as the physical and psychological integrity of persons are basic rights that we are not used to put into question. We take them for granted. We want to protect these values also in the future; go to school, work, hobbies and the grocery store without fear.
The feeling of insecurity has surged among Finns as sexual harassment and even rape have increased, unfortunately through acts committed by asylum seekers. We have heard of similar cases from all over Europe. This cannot and shall not be accepted.
As a result of this situation, children are afraid to go to school, young people are banned from going out in the night and the elderly are too scared to go to the grocery store even in broad daylight. This has raised a debate among the citizens of the need of independent street patrols to ensure the safety of the original population.
The media plays an important role in how these issues are reported and what can be said about them in the public debate. We all know of various side effects connected to immigration and asylum seekers and such views are often silenced. The racist-card is quickly raised when such issues are discussed in a critical tone. However, we must be able to address the problems in a comprehensive way, with their own names and without fanaticism. Being critical is often labelled as hate speech.
The Council of Europe must protect and speak in support also of the majority and underline the rights of women and children in Europe. The Council of Europe must also highlight the responsibility of the media in this difficult situation.
Thank you for your attention.
Arvoisa puhemies, ja hyvät kolleegat
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