Politics ECHR: Finland violated "right to life" of 2008 school shooting victims


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Apr 30, 2019
The European Court of Human Rights says that not confiscating the perpetrator's gun violated the rights of his victims.

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that the State of Finland committed a violation of the European Convention on Human Rights when Finnish authorities failed to take sufficient precautionary measures to protect citizens who became the victims of a school shooting.

On Tuesday, 23 September 2008, a 22-year-old man walked into his classroom at the College of Hospitality in Kauhajoki and opened fire. Ten people were killed - some died instantly, others died later in hospital. The man then turned the gun on himself.

In a 6-1 ruling announced on Thursday, the European Court of Human Rights found that Finnish authorities were derelict ensuring Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which guarantees everyone the right to life.

The court's finding was that although the authorities could not have been aware of an imminent threat to the victims, confiscation of the weapon would have been a sensible and lawful precaution, and failure to do so violated the duty of care.

The Finnish state has been ordered to pay compensation of 30,000 euros to the families of each victim and and an additional 7,000 euros per family to cover legal costs.

The families of the victims of the 2008 shooting took the case to the court in 2012, following a Supreme Court ruling.

The shooter, Matti Saari, a student at the college, posted several videos on YouTube during the weeks before the shooting showing himself firing a pistol. He was questioned by police, but no further action was taken. The Vaasa Court of Appeal issued the officer in charge with a warning of negligent misconduct for not temporarily confiscating the weapon at the time.

The families of the victims sought a charge of wilful misconduct and negligent homicide against the officer. The Supreme Court did not grant leave to appeal.

Isn't this a bit weird? Not confiscating a firearm is a human rights violation.

How about those cases where they didn't confiscate but the potential attacker did not attack. Are those also human rights violations?

Can they do the same with the terrorist attacks?

Or any other failure by individual authorities.

Of course I'm happy that families of the victims got something, but these kind of sums are measly.
Opens up all sorts of avenues.
Christchurch Australian shooter..how did he get his guns.
Open borders criminals killing people, raping, shooting, truck driving over etc. 100's dead.
That's progress, and if you criticise NATO using it's populace as sandbags then you are racist.