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Mon, 27 Jun, 2016 12:03:56 AM
FTimes – STT Report, Jun 27
 
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The Sami Parliament wants to set up a truth commission to probe into discriminations and forced assimilation experienced by the Sami people.
 
The matter is written on the Sami Parliament’s objectives programme for 2016-2019.
 
Sami Parliament President Tiina Sanila-Aikio believes the truth commission would also be beneficial to the resolution of current dispute related to the definition of Sami people.
 
According to Sanila-Aikio, the truth commission would open doors towards a better and more amicable future.
 
“The truth commission is a worldwide proven tool to deal with history and how the past has shifted to the present. It helps prevent repeating the same mistake,” Sanila-Aikio said.
 
Sanila-Aikio pointed out, for instance, the experiences of Sami people after the Second World War. “They still continue to affect the lives. It is important that the serious matters be given the weight they deserve.”
 
In Canada, the truth and reconciliation commission resolved the indigenous community’s residential experiences, among other things.
 
In Sweden, the Sami Parliament and the non-discrimination ombudsman in spring began the work to establish a truth commission.
 
In Finland, the truth commission has been proposed to examine, for instance, the events of the civil war.
 
Professor Tarja Väyrynen of the University of Tampere Peace Research Institute described the commissions as good tools for consensus building. They can help understand history and the past events.
 
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