Minister of the Interior Maria Ohisalo commented on the judgment of the European Court of Human Rights of 14 November 2019

Ministry of the Interior 14.11.2019 12.53 | Published in English on 14.11.2019 at 16.30
Press release 95/2019
Maria Ohisalo

Minister of the Interior Maria Ohisalo commented on the judgment of the European Court of Human Rights against Finland. The judgment relates to an asylum seeker who was expelled from Finland in December 2017.

"The judgment of the Court is extremely weighty and significant. It is a very serious matter that our country that is governed by the rule of law has failed, in this case, to protect the most important right of all, the safeguarding of life. I immediately raised this matter at the Ministry, and we will look carefully at how we can ensure that this will not happen again," Ohisalo says.

The Ministry of the Interior is launching a comprehensive project in accordance with the Government Programme on the effects of the changes made to asylum policy in 2015–2019. The project will propose measures to be implemented. In accordance with the Government Programme, a reasonable standard of proof and other measures to strengthen the legal certainty of the asylum system will also be examined.

"The most important task of the asylum system is to safeguard human rights and provide protection for those who need it. It is the duty of the authorities to protect and promote the implementation of fundamental and human rights. Asylum seekers' applications must be handled individually, fairly and smoothly. All proposals for measures to correct the asylum system presented in an independent report on the asylum system are being prepared or implemented," Ohisalo says.

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