Norway – a Pariah State

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CITESTE despre cel mai recent caz aici – BARNEVERNETUL ATACA DIN NOU 18 ianuarie 2017

Norway – a Pariah State

In just the last 12 months I have written extensively on Barnevernet and the atrocities it commits against families under color of law. Norway’s 1991 Child Welfare Act clothes it with immunity, and this explains to a large extent the many and egregious excesses this administrative body, which operates outside of Norway’s legal system and without any meaningful judicial supervision or review, has committed for many years and continues to commit.

Last year, Norway published statistical data for 2015 related to Barnevernet’s activities. [Here’s the Report:  http://www.ssb.no/…/…/statistikker/barneverng/aar/2016-07-01] The statistics confirm what I have stated before: Barnevernet continues to wreak havoc in the lives of many families. According to the Report, in 2015 Barnevernet “assisted” 53,439 children and applied “care measures” to 10,069 children. As I explained in prior postings, a “care measure” is the act by which Barnevernet seizes children from their biological parents and places them in foster care. Without court order or warrant of any type. In 2014 9,611 children were taken away from their biological parents, and in 2013 9,078. Among the 9,611 children Barnevernet kidnapped in 2015 were the Bodnariu family’s five (5) children. Most of the kidnapped children are not returned to their biological parents but remain in foster care until they reach adulthood or are adopted. The minority of children who are returned, however, only see their parents after years of protracted hearings and, in some cases, litigation.

These numbers are staggering by any stretch of the imagination, and, I will add, frightening. The number of seized children grows from year to year, as you can see. The numbers are extreme and excessive considering Norway’s small population of 5,2 million. In a posting last year I compared the number of children taken away from their biological parents in Norway with the number of children taken into custody by the Texas Child Protective Services. Texas CPS takes into custody about 17,000 children annually. While this number still seems high, it is not necessarily excessive considering that Texas’ population is almost 28 million people. If the rate of seizure were the same in Texas as in Norway, the number of children taken into custody in Texas would be at least five times that of Norway, or over 50,000 children. But then, unlike Norway, in Texas children cannot be taken away from their biological parents except following court proceedings, sworn testimony and affidavits, the cross-examination of case workers and witnesses, and  court warrants and orders. Also the separation of children from their parents is for a very limited period of time.

None of this happens in Norway, however. Most of the children taken by Texas CPS are returned to their parents, and the majority of the other children are placed in foster care with their relatives. Only where no relatives exist or the placement with relatives is not feasible are the children placed in foster care elsewhere. The Texas practice is fairly humane, respectful of parental rights, and devised to maintain family ties and, generally, to ensure the child’s best interests. In contrast, Norway’s practice is inhumane and designed to hurt, both innocent parents and innocent children.

Crimes against humanity

I would call Barnevernet’s practice of kidnapping children a crime against humanity. No civilized state kidnaps children from their parents. Isis does. Norway and its officials are well aware of the atrocities committed by Barnevernet, one of its state agencies. For many years parents have protested, sued, cried, and pleaded with Norway to change its child protection system, and to make it more humane and more respectful of parental rights. Norway has refused to listen. It has turned a deaf ear to the pleas of thousands of parents from around the world, and a blind eye to the peaceful, public demonstrations of possibly hundreds of thousands of well meaning citizens around the world. Cumulatively, only in the Bodnariu case, more than 100,000 people demonstrated, peacefully, for the return of the children. The Bodnariu children were fortunate to be returned to their parents, but Barnevernet continues to attack and dismantle thousands upon thousands of normal, innocent families like ours, causing them much grief and harm. In the face of this massive evidence of official malfeasance and refusal to act or reform, one must conclude that Norway is a pariah state, a rogue state, a pirate state one might be tempted to say, one which, willingly condoning the intentional violation of civil and human rights, as well as parental rights, has lost all respect in the Family of Nations.

An Intolerant Norway

But there is more. Ishaan’s young mother and her extended family are Jewish. She has had her share of being bullied because of her ethnic and religious identity, being once called “Juta, Juta,” meaning “Jew, Jew,” by a boy in the neighborhood. This is reminiscent of what happened to the Bodnariu family and children as well. They, too, were targeted and bullied because of their Christian faith, in a Norway which claims to be an example of tolerance and inclusiveness for the rest of the world to follow. Far from it. Norway does not practice what it preaches. Satish Ligal, the baby boy’s Nepalese father, has been expelled from Norway. He lived there on a student visa and when the visa expired was expelled. He now lives in Portugal and is not even able to see his own son.

Note also that many of the impressions Linda expressed in her email to me are impressions I also formulated during the unfolding of the Bodnariu saga last year. Norway has a hidden agenda. Norwegians hardly reproduce and, for Norway to survive,  there is a need to convert to “norwegianism” or “scandinavianism” the hundreds of thousands of immigrants who currently live there, and, especially, their many children. Children of immigrants can no longer be killed, unlike the children storied in the First Chapter of the Book of Exodus, but the policy has the same aim  and is applied, morally speaking, by equally deplorable means.

I certainly hope that Barnevernet will immediately return Ishaan to his biological  mother and father. The child’s seizure is a crime against humanity, human decency, and a violation of civilized norms. It is a violation of the Laws of Nations to take a child from his biological mother because the mother suffers from post-partum depression. It is also a violation of basic human rights for the state to knock on one’s door and say „hand over your children to the state,” without court papers or good cause.

The family has written to the case worker requesting the return of the child. Their plea, however, was in vain. Surprisingly, the case worker responded, informing the family that “the baby is being taken very good care of” in foster care. Nothing was said, however, about returning the child to his biological parents.

Peter Costea is a civil rights attorney practicing in Houston, Texas. He also holds a PhD in diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in Boston, Massachusetts.

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