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Mon, 11 Apr, 2016 12:18:09 AM
Family reunification
FTimes- STT Report, Apr 11
Cathedral at Senate Square in Helsinki. File Photo Lehtikuva.
The right of a family to reunify does not belong to the finish citizens alone, wrote the country’s top religious leaders in a column in the Helsingin Sanomat, a Finnish language daily.
The religious leaders said asylum seekers have the same right to be joined with their families as well.
“Every child and parent has a right to protection and care, right to a family and living with each other, irrespective of social, cultural or religious background,” reads the statement of the religious top brass.
They said their concern arises from the changed attitude towards refugees and asylum seekers as well the increase in inequality and actions offensive to human dignity in different parts of Europe.
The religious leaders emphasised the golden rule which obliges people to treat others the way they would like to be treated.
“It also advises us to treat another family or community same as one would hope his or her family or own national be treated,” they wrote.
The statement was signed by Evangelical Lutheran Church Archbishop Kari Mäkinen, Head of Finnish Orthodox Church Leo, Finnish Islamic Society Chairperson Anas Hajjar, Finnish Ecumenical Council Secretary General Mari-Anna Pöntinen, Rabbi Simon Livson and Catholic Bishop Teemu Sippo.
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