United Press International - February 9, 2012
SODERHAMN, Sweden, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- The European Court of Human
Rights declared Thursday the conviction of four Swedish men for
hate speech was not a violation of their freedom of expression.
The four men, ages 19 to 24, put about 100 flyers, referring to
homosexuality as a "deviant sexual proclivity" that has "a
morally destructive effect on the substance of society" and is
responsible for the HIV and AIDS epidemic, into student lockers
in a school in Soderhamn in 2004.
They were asked to leave the premises by school officials and
were later accused of promoting hate speech, The Local reported.
Swedish Supreme Court convicted all four in 2006 of agitating a
minority community because students were not given the
opportunity to refuse the flyers. They were given suspended
sentences and fines ranging from 200 krona to 2,000 krona ($265
In 2007, the men took their case to the European Court of Human
Rights, arguing the ruling violated their freedom of expression.
The court called the complaint "inadmissible as being manifestly
ill-founded," and said the sentence was reasonable.