Since many conference presenters mentioned how hard it is to fight an institution, we hope that the academic institution of a small country will be more successful than our various efforts across Europe who came together – thanks to Dr Marica Pirosikova, Agent of the Government of the Slovak Republic before the ECHR and Erik Bihary of the European Institute of Law and Forensic Science.
Support included Czech MPs, Ministers and the Mayor who offered the historic town hall as the opening venue.
That’s where the tone was set with the film produced by two Slovak film makers about the two Boor boys who were returned after 920 days in captivity: Not without out My Children.
What was new for me was:
- that the Nordic Committee for Human Rights – driven by the legal profession in Sweden – has embraced the issue of fake child protection for 18 years already and is thus even more motivated and experienced in the problem as a whole and the challenges of getting children returned; the cruelty with which Social Workers claim that separating a child from its parents is “in its best interest” went as far as a 7-year-old girl lying down in a street, hoping that a bus would end her life;
- that spiritual communities have been invaded to have 40 (in Germany) or even 100 (in the US) children removed with police force;
- that the traumatisation of the separation between child and parents, especially mother, is virtually irreparable: while everybody cites the Boor case as a victory, which it is in political and legal terms, the older boy is still far from having his speech impediment healed, besides wetting his bed; the obnoxious things the foster parents expected him to do is only gradually coming out;
- that there are concerned lawyers – also at the European Court in Strasbourg – who are watching the trend and need our support to STOP it!
PS. The ‘red banana’ on slide 3 is the father’s penis that his son was given as the only food when he vomited from the ejaculation. The boy had to be operated at 2 months because his anus was injured…
Here’s the programme to illustrate the fantastic level of expertise:
CONFERENCE on The CHILD REMOVAL proceedings in the COUNCIL of EUROPE MEMBER STATES and related human rights issues
Prague, Charles University, 3 October 2014
08:30 – 09:00 Registration of the participants
09:00 OPENING General remarks. Presentation of the objectives of the Conference.
09:00 – 09:10 Representative of Charles University
09:10 – 09:20 Erik BIHARY, European Institute of Law and Forensic Engineering
09:20 – 09:30 Marica PIROŠÍKOVÁ, Agent of the Government of the Slovak Republic before the ECHR
9:30 – 10:30 THEME 1: Child removal cases in the United Kingdom -Description of the current situation – organisation of the system and its deficiencies, statistics, victims, description of the proceedings before the family courts, possible third party intervention from other States if the parents are foreign nationals, Sir James Munby´s judgment dealing with the court’s approach to care proceedings concerning children from other European countries.
09:30 – 09:50 Mr John HEMMING, member of British Parliament [only for 3 minutes via videolink unfortunately]
09:50 – 10:10 Ms Helen NEWMAN, solicitor
10:10 – 10:30 Ms Marie-Claire SPARROW, barrister at Holborn Chambers and at European Family Law Chambers
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 – 13:00 THEME 2: Child removal cases in the Nordic countries -Description of the current situation – organisation of the system and its deficiencies, statistics, victims, description of the judicial proceedings.
11:20 – 11:40 Dr Johan BÄCKMAN, adjunct Professor of Sociology of Law, University of Helsinki – who couldn’t attend
11:40 – 12:00 Mr Søren Bernhard LINDEGAARD, attorney, Denmark
12:00 – 12:20 Ms Venil Katharina THIIS, attorney, Norway
13:00 – 14:30 Lunch
14:30 – 15:30 THEME 3: International standards concerning child removal cases – the relevant ECHR case-law, the execution of the ECHR judgement, the PACE resolution 1908(2012) adopted on 30 November 2012, activities at the Committee on Petitions of the European Parliament.
14:30 – 14:50 Mr Grégory THUAN Dit DIEUDONNE, attorney, former senior lawyer at the ECHR
14:50 – 15:10 Ms Lucja Miara, lawyer, Department for the Execution of Judgements of the ECHR
15:10 – 15.30 Ms Sabine Kurjo McNEILL, Association of McKenzie Friends
15:30 – 16:00 Coffee break
16:00 – 17:00 THEME 4: Practical experiences
16:00 – 16:15 Ms Norika STUDENCOVA, Slovak grand-mother (Boor case)
16:15– 16:30 Ms Zuzana Cartwright, interpreter (Boor case)
16:30 – 16:45 Ms Laila BRICE, Latvian single mother
17:20 – 17:40 Closing remarks and conclusions