Matti Niemivuo

I will begin this article by saying a few words about the role of human and fundamental rights in Finland, one of the countries where the Sámi live. Following this general review, I will deal with the guarantees that International Human Rights Law and the Constitutions of Finland, Norway, Sweden and Russia provide for the Sámi as an indigenous people. After that I will then go on to examine how fundamental rights of the Sámi have been implemented in Finland. And finally, I will ask whether human and fundamental rights can be invoked in order to improve the position of the Sámi in an increasingly globalised world.

Kamrul Hossain and Anna Petrétei

Introduction Concerns have recently been raised regarding the potential impact of the gradual rise of extractive industrial activities in the Sápmi region, 1 particularly on the rights of the large number of indigenous Sámi people living there. Environmental challenges are one of the most significant

Øyvind Ravna

1 Introduction The Sámi people are an ethnic minority who have their traditional lands in the northern parts of Scandinavia, Finland, including the Kola Peninsula in the Russian Federation, numbering between 50,000–80,000 persons. 2 By ratifying the International Labour Organization Convention

Tanja Joona

The article examines the common global phenomenon of indigenous urbanization. In Finland, more than 75% of the indigenous Sámi children are born outside the Sámi Homeland area. The development is fast and poses different kind of challenges for the entire Sámi society and culture. Youth and women are more likely to settle in urban areas and it is their Sáminess that is to survive or die in the cities. Indigenousness is no longer tied with traditional livelihoods or land use but instead requires other forms of cultural maintenance. In the contemporary situation Sámi have started through their own associations and networks require more appropriate services in the cities, including Sámi language learning in the schools and kindergartens. This is not always satisfactory. The article evaluates the existing international and domestic (Finland) legislation in regard to Sámi language, but also the implementation of these rights in practice.

The author would like to acknowledge that the article is based on a joint research project called NUORGÁV – An urban future for Sápmi?, between Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia, where it is studied how Sámi youth organise and network to impact urban Sámi policy. The project is funded by the Research Council of Norway and administrated by Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research (NIBR).

Tomas Cramér and Sami Ombudsman

THE SAMI PEOPLE IN THE SIGHT OF SWEDISH LAW By Advocate Tomas Cramér, Sami Ombudsman* We have been in court on the issues of the taxed mountains in Jamttand and Harje- dalen. The litigation has been for seven months in the Supreme Court of Sweden. It ended on 6 May 1980. Of course I cannot here

Øyvind Ravna

1. Introduction 1.1. Problems to Be Addressed The Finnmark Commission, authorised in the 2005 Finnmark Act, 1 is established to investigate the scope and content of the rights held by Sámi and other people living in Finnmark on the basis of prescription or immemorial usage on the former

Kramers, J. H.

, S̲h̲ams al-Dīn, Sāmī Bey Frās̲h̲erī, a Turkish author and lexicographer,born at Frās̲h̲er in Albania on June 1, 1850, of an old Muslim Albanian family whose ancestors are said to have been granted this place as a fief by Sulṭān Meḥmed II. He was educated in the Greek lycée at Janina, at the same

Balim, Çİğdem

, S̲h̲ems ül-dīn Frās̲h̲erī (turc. mod. Şemseddin Sami Fraşeri), écrivain et lexicographe turc ottoman. Il naquit à Frās̲h̲er, en Albanie, ie 1er juin 1850, d’une vieille famille musulmane dont les ancêtres avaient reçu ce lieu en fief du sultan Meḥemmed IL II fut éduqué au lycée grec de Yanina

Sami Zemni

répression en Tunisie (Paris: La Découverte, 2006). 6 Habib Ayeb, “Social and Political Geography of the Tunisian Revolution: the Alfa Grass Revolution,” Review of African Political Economy 38, no. 109 (2011): 467–79. 7 Sami Zemni, Brecht De Smet, and Koenraad Boegart, “Luxemburg on Tahrir

Rauna Kuokkanen

International Journal on Minority and Group Rights 18 (2011) 39–62 © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2011 DOI 10.1163/157181111X550978 Self-determination and Indigenous Women – “Whose Voice Is It We Hear in the Sámi Parliament?” Rauna Kuokkanen Assistant Professor, Department of