The Saami of northern Europe are facing threats from all sides. Timber, pulp and mining companies are crowding into their ancestral land, clearing the boreal forests and destroying their livelihoods.
Enough is enough: tell Finland to finally adopt the International Convention on Indigenous and Tribal Peoples (ILO 169).
We like to think of the Nordic countries as a group of wealthy, highly developed nations where the rule of law is unquestioned. Finland, however, has a major blind spot: the rights of its indigenous people.
Time and again, the Finnish government has refused to adopt the International Convention on Indigenous and Tribal Peoples (ILO 169). Years of negotiations and empty promises – including those of outgoing Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen – have raised expectations at home and internationally.
The newly-convened government must now make this issue a priority. [.....]