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Denmark: Admission of Quota Refugees Stopped, Additional Measures Taken to Limit Asylum Seekers

(Nov. 10, 2016) On August 30, 2016, the Danish Government announced a temporary halt of its acceptance of quota refugees. Although Denmark has continuously received quota refugees since 1972, this move comes as one of many recent measures intended to stem the number of immigrants into Denmark. Denmark has typically received approximately 500 quota refugees […]

Sweden: First Sentence for “Forced Marriage” Upheld by Appellate Court

(Nov. 9, 2016) On October 7, 2016, the Scania and Blekinge Court of Appeal upheld a verdict against a father for forcing his daughter to marry against her will while they were on vacation in Afghanistan. (Press Release, Hovrätten har i dag meddelat dom i målet om tvångsäktenskap [The Appellate Court Has Today Issued a […]

Sweden/ECHR: Court Rejects Deportation of Iraqis Connected to U.S. Forces

(Oct. 20, 2016) On August 23, 2016, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) issued a judgment against Sweden for attempting to deport three Iraqi citizens in violation of article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which prohibits subjecting persons “to torture or to inhuman or degrading treatment or […]

Sweden: Appellate Court Reaffirms Detention in Absentia of Julian Assange

(Oct. 3, 2016) On September 16, 2016, the Swedish appellate court, the Svea Court of Appeal, reaffirmed the detention in absentia of Julian Assange, following a request from Assange to have his detention set aside. (Press Release, Svea Court of Appeal, Decision in the Case Concerning the Detention of Julian Assange (Sept. 16, 2016).) Assange […]

Norway: Procurement Law to Stem Deforestation, Protect Human Rights Adopted

(Sept. 16, 2016) On June 17, 2016, the Norwegian Parliament passed a new procurement law that mandates consideration of environmental consequences, human rights, and other social effects in public procurement processes. (Lov om Offentlige Anskaffelser (Anskaffelsesloven), LOV 2016-06-17-73 [Procurement Act No. 73 of June 17, 2016], LOVDATA.) This goal is spelled out in article 5 […]

Finland: New Tobacco Law Adopted with Intent of Eliminating Tobacco Use

(Sept. 9, 2016) On August 15, 2016. new legislation on the sale and import of tobacco products entered into force in Finland. (Tobakslag [Tobacco Act] 549/2016, FINLEX; Press Release, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, New, Stricter Tobacco Act Enters into Force on 15 August 2016 (June 29, 2016).) The new Tobacco Act was adopted […]

Denmark/European Court of Human Rights: Violation of Human Rights by Differentiation Among Danes for Family Reunification Purposes

(Aug. 5, 2016) On May 24, 2016, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) Grand Chamber, sitting en banc, issued a ruling on the Biao v. Denmark case, finding that Denmark had violated article 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights by having different rules for family reunification of Danes depending on how long […]

Denmark: Court Strips Terrorist of Danish Citizenship

(June 13, 2016) On June 8, 2016, the Danish Supreme Court decided that convicted terrorist Said Mansour, who holds dual Moroccan and Danish citizenship, will lose his Danish citizenship, affirming the appellate court verdict. (Højesterets dom [Supreme Court Verdict] (June 8, 2016), Case No. 211/2015, Supreme Court website.)  The case is the first of its […]

Sweden: Court Rules Pirate Bay URL Domains to Be Forfeited

(June 10, 2016) On May 12, 2016, the Svea Court of Appeals ordered the legal forfeiture and confiscation of Pirate Bay founder Fredrik Neij’s domain sites, thepiratebay.se and piratebay.se, which are used to host the infamous, highly popular file-sharing torrent site The Pirate Bay. The addresses will become the property of the Swedish state. (Svea […]