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Varusmiehiä seisomassa.

Total objectors - Finland’s prisoners of conscience

Each year in Finland, there are a small number of so-called ‘total objectors’ who refuse both compulsory military service and the option of civilian service. At present Finnish law requires that they serve a prison sentence of six months. The UN Human Rights Committee has repeatedly condemned the Nordic country's policy in this area and Amnesty International considers Finland's jailed conscientious objectors prisoners of conscience.

Satasen seteleitä.

Paper: Online collection scam took advantage of grieving family

A family in the western coastal city of Pori lost their newborn child recently in a tragic series of events widely reported in the Finnish press. The family also incurred over 50,000 euros in debts during the ordeal. Moved by their plight, several private parties posted bank account numbers on various online forums in an effort to start a collection for the grieving family. Unfortunately, a local newspaper has revealed that at least one of the accounts has proven to be a clear incidence of scamming.

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