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Free movement?

Free movement is a network of migration activists functioning since 2006. Among us, there are students, healthcare professionals, researchers, construction workers, culture workers and artists, from Finnish and migrant backgrounds. We are politically and religiously independent, and our work happens through different working groups. The network is supported by the association Oikeudet Ilman Rajoja.

We support general freedom of movement, and the realization of fundamental rights regardless of people’s status and background. Read more from our manifesto Free Movement For All.

Through our work in Helsinki and Tampere, we support the struggle of migrants for their rights. We cooperate with various Finnish human rights organizations working on with refugees and migrants. We produce and share information on controls of movement, their consequences and and struggles against them in Finland and abroad. In Helsinki and Tampere, we give advice to migrants and their supporters on matters concerning residence permits and the realization of fundamental rights. We regularly organize an open cafe, Coffee Without Borders, where people interested in migrants’ rights and freedom of movement may meet. Along the years, we have also been involved with resistance against deportations, campaigns for residence rights of asylum seekers, and defending EU-migrants’ right to housing in Helsinki.

Rights Without Borders Association

Rights Without Borders (Oikeudet ilman rajoja ry (OIR, registered 11.6.2010) was founded to guarantee migrants’ legal protection. Association supports migrant activism for example by raising funds for relief activities of Free Movement. Donations are channeled mainly through FM’s counseling activity for migrants living in poverty or uncertain residence permit state. Additionally smaller part of donations are given on the basis of direct requests to the association and through other civil society actors.

Association is also responsible for the economical assets of Signal magazine which is published by FM and OIR. In addition to FM’s counseling and advocacy work the association supports also other migrant activism. It has co-worked for example with Global Clinic of Helsinki and Stop Deportation / Right to live demonstration.

Association’s board assembles every second month. Board is responsible for association’s economy and relief decisions. Association’s annual meeting is held in spring.

Support association’s and Free Movement’s activity by becoming a member and/or donating to association’s account.

Rights Without Borders ry board 2020-2021

Siiri Simpanen, chairman

Anni Karttunen, vice-chairman

Katja Tuominen, treasurer

Markus Himanen

Veera Kaleva

Elina Niinivaara

Annareetta Rantala

Marianna Vivitsou

Old boards of the association

Oikeudet ilman rajoja ry board 2019-2020

Markus Himanen, chairman

Elina Niinivaara, vice-chairman

Katja Tuominen, treasurer

Veera Kaleva

Jukka Könönen

Minna Seikkula

Siiri Simpanen

Anni Karttunen