Sunday Guardian, 20 October 2018
In this acceptance speech for an award given to him by the Nordic Committee for Human Rights, the author vows to continue his fight against Norway’s punitive and unfair child-protection programme.
"I’m deeply honoured to receive this award. It is a great acknowledgment, and a real “kick” at the Norwegian government. And they need it!
This is an award I want to share with all the people I’ve met in the last 11-12 years, who have fought against human rights violations in Norway. I am one of many thousands in Norway, and also from other countries, who have said that “enough is enough”!
We have come a long way since we began."
"The case of the Ensby family is one of the most serious child welfare cases presented before the ECHR. And I am confident that they will win their case [this is a case where a baby was taken at birth and forcibly adopted (i.e. adopted without the parents’ consent) based on a diagnosis of slight mental disability in the mother, which she denies. The grandparents were also refused care of the baby."
"A few weeks from now Norway has to meet before the Grand Chamber of the ECHR in Strasbourg in the Lobben case [another case of forced adoption of a baby where removal was justified based on contested “social-emotional” development tests carried out on the infant and claims that the mother’s activism on social media against the unjustified removal of her baby was harmful for it. I consider this to be the most important case against Norway in recent history.A judgment in the case was given on 30 November last year in the Chamber, where we lost with four against three votes. The judges supporting us came from Ireland, Azerbaijan and Bulgaria. The judges voting against us were from Austria, Germany, France. And the fourth, and as it turned out deciding vote, came from Norway!
It turned out that the Norwegian judge, Erik Møse, played a double role. While he was the Norwegian judge at the ECHR, he was also employed as a judge in the Supreme Court in Norway!"
"But I would like to “thank” Erik Møse who has made the public aware that judges sit on many sides of the table.
The Lobben case also reveals that some other countries are like Norway in wanting to maintain the status quo so far as wrongful removals of children by child protection authorities are concerned, such as the United Kingdom and Denmark, who support Norway.
But other countries, especially those from Eastern Europe, support us. These countries support protection of family life and are much stronger in support of families than Norway and the UK."
"Especially since Norway was convicted in the ECHR for violating Article 8 [protection of private and family life] of the European Convention of Human Rights on 6 September this year [in the case of Jansen v. Norway which involved a Norwegian Roma mother whose child had been taken into care and with whom she had been denied contact]. The decision was unanimous."
"A French lawyer told me that more money is spent on child protection services in Norway than in France. And France has a population 12 times bigger than Norway."
"A neighbour of mine from a while back made €110,000 per year for hosting one foster child.
Thanks to social media and thanks to people like you who are here today, the battle moves forward.
In 2015-16, the European Parliament started to show an interest in Norway. During a conference in Brussels in 2015, hosted by the European Parliament, the Bulgarian Parliamentary Member said to the Norwegian representative: “You are so full of [expletive deleted]!”"
"In June this year the Council of Europe adopted a resolution against Norway by 43 to two votes [the resolution demanded transparency, restraint and proportionality in child removals by social services based on a motion that was highly critical of Norway’s child welfare services].
So we have succeeded in many ways, but we still have a long way to go."