It has come out that Sami students have confronted racism in student events. According to an equality survey made by OYY, the inappropriate behaviour students confront focuses second most commonly on ethnic background or nationality. We are shocked by the fact that this kind of discrimination and harassment takes place within the student union. We want to emphasize that the student union is against racism in all its forms.
As it is stated in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Article 2 (2007): “Indigenous peoples and individuals are free and equal to all other peoples and individuals and have the right to be free from any kind of discrimination, in the exercise of their rights, in particular that based on their indigenous origin or identity”. We think that this should concern not only indigenous peoples but also other ethnic groups. All students should have the right to participate student events without being questioned because of their ethnic identity or without being harassed or threatened because of their ethnic identity. “
Students have the right to talk both in public and in private about the discrimination they have confronted. Students who confront harassment or bullying can contact the contact people for bullying in the OYY. The contact people can support and advise students who feel they have become victims of bullying (for more information: http://www.oyy.fi/en/for-students/everyday-well-being/bullying-and-harassment-2/)
Racism, discrimination or bullying do not belong in the university or in the student union. OYY wishes that student culture takes a direction where the diversity of the student union’s members is appreciated and respected. All students should have the right to be an equal part of the academic community and the student union.
In Oulu, on the 17th of February
Chair of the Executive Board
For more information: Liisa Väisänen, Specialist in Social Affairs, firstname.lastname@example.org, 040 526 5821