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Court Rejects Immigrants’ Right to Satellite TV

Published tisdag 20 december 2005 kl 14.37
Evicted tenant Mustafa Adnan, and one of the offending antennas

The Stockholm Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that three families in the Stockholm suburb of Rinkeby can be evicted for mounting satellite TV dishes on the outside wall of their apartment buildings.

Rinkeby is largely populated by refugees and other immigrants. Many residents have satellite dishes on their balconies, so they can watch television from home, channels not provided by their cable TV provider.

The owner of the building where the three families live, however, objected to their satellite installations. A year ago the Regional Rent Tribunal approved the dish antennas, arguing that the immigrants’ right to information outweighed the property management company’s argument the antennas might fall down and injure someone. The company then turned to the appeals court.

The Tenants’ Union, which has supported the three families, has already said it is willing to take the case to the European Court of Human Rights. The three families have until March to move out.

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