What they (YLE) don’t say, is that these immigrants are in fact, Muslim immigrants, and that they have become westernized, is to mean that these children have not been following the strict laws of Islam. Since beating children isn’t allowed in Finland, they are to be sent for “re-education in the homeland where they will most certainly have a greater chance of being beaten.
Officials say they are learning of an increasing number of cases in which immigrant parents in Finland are forcibly sending teens back to their home countries to de-westernize them.
The Finnish Red Cross as well as social welfare offices say that every year dozens of parents who believe their children are becoming too westernized send their offspring back to African, Asian and Middle Eastern states.
Leena-Kaisa Åberg, head of the refugee and immigration section at the Finnish Red Cross, says school teachers rarely question the sudden absence of students with immigrant backgrounds.
“In some cases sports coaches are the ones who look into these disappearances,” says Åberg.
Authorities say these types of matters often fall beyond their jurisdiction, as parents are responsible for minors.
Janne Kanerva, a legislative counsellor at the Justice Ministry, says it’s not a crime if both parents decide to send their child abroad.
Kanerva is looking between his fingers here. It’s not a crime to send your child abroad, but it sure is a crime when the parents know for a fact that their children will be subjected to things that are illegal under Finnish law. Sending a female abroad so that they can under go female genital mutilation is a punishable offence, but so should sending children to a Koran school where the punishments of canings and beatings are meted out on a regular basis as well.
I’m not sure about where Finnish law stands on the subject, but Finland is a co-signer to the Declaration of the Rights of the Child, “Principle 9: The child shall be protected against all forms of neglect, cruelty and exploitation. He shall not be the subject of traffic, in any form.” Beating a child because he’s/she’s too westernized does in fact fall under Principle 9. KGS