Sapmi pressreleace Aug 21 -97

Title: Are Sweden a worthy host for the Olympics?

The struggle for survival continues:
But we're running out of time!


Sweden is a country who wishes to host the 2004 Olympic games. Sweden is simultaneously a country who doesn't follow international agreements for human rights and the indigenous peoples rights such as The Rio declaration. Representatives for the indigenous population in Sweden, the Sami's ("Lapps") doesn't consider this country is a worthy candidate. Protests are held today outside the agricultural dpt (Jordbruksdepartementet) in Stockholm at 9.30 am - 15.00 pm.

-The Olympic games will result in a lot of goodwill for the country which eventually will be chosen as the host. There's no doubt that there's a connection between international and domestic politics and the world of sports. The organisers of several sportevents have shown their dissatisfaction with dictatorships and regimes who support disparity such as South-africa with their former apartheid.
The relationship between Sweden and its indigenous population could hardly be said to be in accord with the legislation in other countries and would rather be a question of shame for Sweden as a nation according to Olof Johansson, chairman of Glen Sami community and MP of the Sami parliament in Sweden.

If we for a moment view Sweden from an indigenous perspective, we cannot even tell if Sweden is a democracy or not. We Sami's have no control of the land from which we derive our livelihood.
We are in the hands of capricious politicians and administrators, both locally and on the government level, states Lars-Anders Baer, chairman of SSR (National society of Swedish Sami's ).

One obvious example is the free fishing and small game hunt bill -on Sami territories- which was introduced in 1992, after preparatory work by the former rightwing government. The agricultural department thereafter made a set of bills to regulate the hunt, the preparatory work for those bills had in turn been made by a single Swedish consultant.

The local administrative boards for the three most northern regions in Sweden was appointed to administrate this hunting and fishing on Sami territories which by a penstroke changed the legislative status of the Sami's land into the governments possession. An obvious violation of both the civic rights as well as international treaties.

-We Sami's are never part of the decision making process, not even when the issue is of utter importance for the Sami nation, adds Ingvar Åhrén, chairman of the Sami parliament in Sweden. And it is allowed to continue even after this government has signed the Rio Declaration as well as Agenda 21, both of which states that the government should act to encourage the indigenous population to participate in politics, creation of new laws and program for recourcemanagement and other processes which may affect them.

-Added together we Sami's feel extremely hesitant to recommend Sweden as a host for any Olympic game states Mr Olof Johansson and adds: We ask the IOC to consider our predicament when it is time to vote for this candidature.

Place: Drottninggatan 21 outside dpt of Agriculture (Jordbruksdepartementet)
Time: Thursday August 21, 9.30 am - 3 pm.

For further information and presscontacts:
Olof Johansson cellular phone: +46 (0)10-250 38 05. You might also contact the chairman of SSR Lars Anders Baer phone: +46 (0)90-141180
The chairman of the Sami parliament Ingvar Åhrén can be reached at cellular phone 010-260 70 02.

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