The Supreme Court of Finland has protected a previous decision to ban the branch of the Nordic Resistance Movement (NRM).
In 2018, the appeals court in Turku stated the group must be shut down because neo-Nazi associations and antisemitic principles.
The NRM, active in five Scandinavian nations, requested a state prohibition on its activities be overturned.
The Court noted hate speech against Jews, as well as a historical use of violence, as key grounds on which to refuse this appeal. The group operates “in violation of the law and accepted principles of morality.”
Last year, the World Jewish Congress (WJC) called on the Swedish government to ban the NRM that currently functions as a political party. After NRM rallies in Kungälv and Ludvika held on the eve of Yom HaShoah, Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Day, demands were made to remove the group from the political arena.
The NRM remains active in Norway, Denmark and Iceland.