ETMU Statements 2020–2021

4 November 2021

Encouragement

The Citizens’s Initiative “Lupa elää – Suomessa pitkään asuneille turvapaikanhakijoille myönnettävä oleskeluluvat

The citizen’s initiative Lupa elää – Suomessa pitkään asuneille turvapaikanhakijoille myönnettävä oleskeluluvat [A Permit to Live – A Residence Permit to be Granted to Refugees Who Have Lived Long in FInland] was launched the first of November 2021.

The aim of the reason is to solve a humanitarian crisis, which has been caused by long asylum processes and lack of documents. What can you do as a follower of ETMU? If you are a Finnish citizen, sign the initiative.

Share as widely as you can: https://www.kansalaisaloite.fi/fi/aloite/9109

19 June 2020

Statement

ETMU Stands in Solidarity with the Palestinian People

As an academic association that is concerned with issues of equity, migration, and colonization, ETMU speaks up against violations of the Palestinian people’s human rights and their dignity. ETMU stresses that situations of colonization, oppression, and apartheid cannot be considered as fights among equals. In the face of such gross injustice, we ask leaders, academics, and governments in Finland and all over the world to speak up and take action against the violation of Palestinians’ human rights at the hands of the Israeli state, and to ensure the rights of both Palestinians and Israelis to live in dignity.

Panel Discussion “Finnish Academia & Palestine” in collaboration with the Activist Research Network was held on 21st June, 2020

Panelists:

Iyad Tumar, Birzeit University

Ameera Masoud, University of Helsinki

Mikko Joronen, Tampere University

Majed Abusalama, Tampere University & We Are Not Numbers

The panelists discussed the relevance of Palestine for Finnish academia, colonial complicity, teaching and research practices that support Palestinian liberation and decolonization, pro-Palestine activism in Finland, the weaponization of education by the state of Israel against Palestinians, and more. The panelists had short presentations which were followed by questions and answers. The event was ended by a reading of a poem by Palestinian and Finnish artist Razan Askar.

7 April 2020

Statement

ETMU Stands in Solidarity with Dr. Faith Mkwesha

In March 2020, the Anti-Racist Research Network Raster released a statement in support of Dr. Faith Mkwesha, who has faced the threat of sanctions for speaking up against racism.

As Raster, we also feel it is the everybody’s responsibility to ensure that Black, Brown and other racialised minority people can tell about their experiences of racism and discrimination without being threatened by legal actions or other such negative repercussions.

The statement was signed by scholars from various universities:

Suvi Keskinen, University of Helsinki

Anna-Leena Riitaoja, University of Helsinki

Ali Ali, University of Helsinki

Tuuli Kurki, University of Helsinki

Gwenaëlle Bauvois, University of Helsinki

Saara Koikkalainen, University of Eastern Finland

Daria Krivonos, University of Helsinki

Elisa Pascucci, University of Helsinki

Minna Seikkula, University of Helsinki

Niko Pyrhönen, University of Helsinki

Zeinab Karimi, University of Helsinki

Tobias Pötzsch, University of Helsinki

Liina Mustonen, University of Duisburg-Essen

Nora Fabritius, University of Helsinki

Markus Himanen, University of Helsinki

Aminkeng Atabong Alemanji University of Helsinki

Johanna Ennser-Kananen, University of Jyväskylä

Leonardo Custódio, Åbo Akademi University