Eva Biaudet

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Eva Biaudet
Eva Biaudet.jpg
Minister of Health and Social Services
In office
19 April 2002 – 17 April 2003
Prime Minister Paavo Lipponen
Preceded by Osmo Soininvaara
Succeeded by Liisa Hyssälä
In office
15 April 1999 – 25 April 2000
Prime Minister Paavo Lipponen
Preceded by Position established
Succeeded by Osmo Soininvaara
Personal details
Born (1961-02-27) 27 February 1961 (age 53)
Helsinki, Finland
Political party Swedish People's Party
Alma mater University of Helsinki
Religion Lutheranism

Eva Rita Katarina Biaudet (born 27 February 1961)[1] is the Finnish Ombudsman for Minorities. She is a former member of the Parliament of Finland (1991–2006) in the parliamentary group of the Swedish People's Party and a former Minister of Health and Social Services (1999–2000 and 2002–2003). After the election of 2003 Biaudet did not want to continue as a cabinet minister.[2]

Biaudet became Ombudsman for Minorities in 2010. A complaint was made concerning her nomination because she was formally unqualified for the office, as she lacked a university degree. Biaudet had studied law, but never graduated.[3] The complaint did not succeed, as Biaudet was granted a special permission.[4]

Eva Biaudet asked for preliminary investigation concerning the weblog writings of the vicar of the Pohja Evangelical Lutheran Parish Juha Molari. Biaudet suspected Molari of incitement.[5] Eva Biaudet also asked the police to investigate Teuvo Hakkarainen's (The Finns Party) interview with Helsingin Sanomat, suspecting Hakkarainen of incitement against Muslims.[6] The police saw no crime in his comments.[7]

2012 Eva Biaudet was the Swedish People's Party candidate in the Finnish presidential election, finishing 7th with 2.7% of votes in the first round of voting. Biaudet was appointed as the minority ombudsperson for a term of five years period starting in 2010. Even though she had no official competence for the position, her references in the election were, according to her advocate Ritva Viljanen, strong enough to validate her appointment. Her lack of a university degree caused a lot of debate and brought accusations of politics in her appointment.[8] Among others Green League member and a lawyer Husein Muhammed lodged a complaint against her, but none were sustained.[9] In June 2011 U.S. credited Biaudet for her continued work against human trafficking.[10][11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.eduskunta.fi/thwfakta/hetekau/hex/hxent.htm
  2. ^ "HS Kotimaa 19.3.2003 - Eva Biaudet ei halua enää ministeriksi". 2003-03-19. Retrieved 2011-05-29. 
  3. ^ Cord, David J. (2012). Mohamed 2.0. Helsingfors: Schildts & Söderströms. p. 6. ISBN 978-951-52-2898-7. 
  4. ^ "atuubi.yle.fi". atuubi.yle.fi. Retrieved 2011-05-29. 
  5. ^ STT  (2009-08-13). "Kirkkoherran blogikirjoittelusta taas rikostutkinta | Kotimaa". Kaleva.fi. Retrieved 2011-05-29. 
  6. ^ [1][dead link]
  7. ^ http://www.kotimaa24.fi/uutiset/kotimaa/5125-poliisin-mukaan-hakkarainen-ei-tehnyt-rikosta
  8. ^ Raeste, Jukka-Pekka (7.5.2010). Eva Biaudet valittiin erivapaudela vähemmistövaltuutetuksi. Helsingin Sanomat. pp. A8. 
  9. ^ Välimaa, Mikko (2010-06-15). "Jonkka: Vähemmistövaltuutetun valinnassa ei moitittavaa". HS. Retrieved 2012-07-14. 
  10. ^ "Eva Biaudet palkittiin ihmiskaupan vastaisesta työstään". Yle Uutiset. 2011-06-21. Retrieved 2012-07-14. 
  11. ^ "Trafficking in Persons Report 2011". U.S. Department of State. Retrieved 2012-07-14. 
Political offices
New office Minister of Health and Social Services
1999–2000
Succeeded by
Osmo Soininvaara
Preceded by
Osmo Soininvaara
Minister of Health and Social Services
2002–2003
Succeeded by
Liisa Hyssälä