(Natural News) A group of researchers in Sweden face prosecution for writing a paper about the rape cases committed by migrants in the country. The Swedish Ministry of Education and Research (MER) has launched an investigation over the issue of “ethics” regarding the researchers’ study.
The MER’s Ethical Review Authority launched an inquiry on three researchers from Lund University (LU) over whether or not they had “ethical license” to handle “sensitive data.” This data pertains to the identities of rapists in Sweden, which the researchers tackled in their paper.
The researchers’ study titled “Swedish Rape Offenders — A Latent Class Analysis” was published in Forensics Science Research in February 2021.
Given the study, the board – which reports directly to the MER – investigated study authors Kristina Sundquist and Ardavan Khoshnood to see if they had “ethical permission [to] test the hypothesis if migrants are over-represented in statistics on convicted rapists.”
The board also slammed Sundquist and her colleagues for failing to mention how their study could “reduce exclusion and improve integration.” But the LU researchers presented through available data how most rapes in the country are committed by migrants. The study authors looked at more than 3,000 rape convictions between 2000 and 2015, and found that immigrants comprised most of the convicted perpetrators.
While the study’s published results revealed that immigrants are disproportionately over-represented in rape cases, the authors’ original goal was not to find a link between immigrants and rape. “Immigrants were just a variable, and it turned out to be quite a remarkable discovery as there were many immigrants and foreign-born people in this group,” Sundquist said.
Khoshnood denounced the prosecution as a “shame.” He pointed out that he and his co-authors, which included an immigrant, are accused of “conducting and publishing illegal research.”
“The purpose of the study was not to find out what immigration is like. Surprisingly, this variable turned out to be quite important, and we didn’t know in advance what the study would show. We wanted to create a profile of the perpetrator, to know who the typical perpetrator is,” Khoshnood said.
Legal action against study authors a form of government intimidation
The February 2021 paper said: “Sweden has witnessed an increase in the rates of sexual crimes including rape. Knowledge of who the offenders of these crimes are is therefore of importance for prevention.” (Related: Financial Times says Europeans should “prepare for demographic replenishment by Arabs and Asians”.)
Of the 3,039 perpetrators analyzed by Sundquist and her co-authors, 59.2 percent of them were immigrants. Of that percentage, 47.7 percent of perpetrators were born outside of Sweden while 40.8 percent were born in the country to Swedish-born parents. Meanwhile, 11.5 percent of perpetrators were born in the country yet had at least one parent born outside Sweden.
The study also scrutinized the cohort of Swedish-born offenders with no parent born in the country. It found that a significant proportion of perpetrators had parents hailing from Western nations, with 40.7 percent of their mothers and 33.9 percent of their fathers born there.
Perpetrators with parents born in the Middle East/North Africa (MENA) region comprised a smaller proportion, with 19.8 percent of mothers and 24 percent fathers hailing from the region.
Furthermore, it found that a substantial portion of the convicted offenders themselves – 34.5 percent – hailed from the MENA region. Those hailing from Africa followed at 19.1 percent.
Given these findings, the study recommended “further investigation and more studies that take into account the contextual characteristics among these offenders.” It added that a better understanding of the perpetrators “may [not only] help future victims but also prevent young males from becoming rapists by identifying protective contextual factors that may help in the preventive work.”
Writing for Remix News, Daniel Deme pointed out that the LU case is “a clear-cut example of what happens when researches try to gather scientific evidence regarding issues that might not support the officially sanctioned political narrative.”
He also mentioned that the legal action against Sundquist and Khoshnood demonstrates how academic research and funding toward immigration is curtailed – with researchers who cross the line facing serious persecution.
“The case against [the study authors] may be designed as an intimidation tactic on behalf of Swedish political and academic authorities to silence science-based evidence that severely harms the open society narrative championed by mainstream Swedish political parties. The increasingly uncontrollable violence – including sexual violence spreading through Swedish society – is a direct result of policy decisions by a succession of pro-migration and anti-law-and-order governments.” (Related: Michael Cutler warns America’s open borders will destroy the nation – Brighteon.TV.)
Deme concluded that the inquiry against Sundquist and Khoshnood “could explain why politicians and human rights activists often claim there is no scientific evidence for higher criminality within immigrant communities in Western societies.”