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Social-service agents grab child from school

Social-service agents grab child from school

Hustled off in truck to prevent meeting human-rights lawyer


By Bob Unruh
© 2010 WorldNetDaily


Annie and Dominic Johansson

Social-services agents in Sweden have swooped down on an elementary school to grab a 9-year-old boy and take him out of class so he would not meet an internationally known human-rights attorney working on the family’s custody dispute with the state, according to the attorney and parents.

Government officials then canceled a scheduled telephone conversation between the child, Domenic Johansson, and his parents, Christer and Annie, because of “what happened today at the school.”

The incident developed today in Gotland, Sweden, where the Johansson family has been at odds with local government and school officials over their efforts to homeschool Domenic, and other issues, for more than a year.

It was not quite a year ago when police boarded a jetliner awaiting departure from Sweden to India, Annie’s home country to which the family was moving, and took Domenic into custody.

Since then, he’s been in court-approved state custody while his parents have been allowed short visits once every five weeks, with occasional telephone contacts.


The family had reported a ray of sunlight in their case recently when Ruby Harrold-Claesson, the president of the Nordic Committee for Human Rights, was assigned by the local courts to their case.

Court officials had picked a local attorney to represent the family, but Christer Johansson rejected him out of hand. The court, in a move that surprised advocates for the family, appointed Harrold-Claesson, who specializes in cases in which children have been taken by state or other government officials.


Ruby Harrold-Claesson

The conflict developed when she arrived on a plane today, met the parents, and then wanted to see the school environment where government officials had placed Domenic.

The lawyer reported the situation to the Home School Legal Defense Association, which has been working on the Johansson case. The organization has posted information about the case on its site, and there also is a Facebook page dealing with dispute.

She reported the Johanssons met her at the airport, “and we drove to see Domenic at the school.

“We found his classroom but he wasn’t there. He was at a yoga class, the teacher said. So we decided we would wait outside the school during the 20 min[utes]s or so that she said he would be away,” the lawyer confirmed.

“When we went back to Domenic’s classroom, the headmaster and his teacher met us. We asked for Domenic, but he still hadn’t returned. The headmaster, whom Christer has known since childhood, informed us that he had called the social worker and she told him that we were not allowed to see Domenic. We informed him that we just wanted to say hello to Domenic, then we would leave. He told us that if we insisted he would have to call the [social services] and she would call the police, so we insisted,” the report continued.

“The headmaster invited us outside but we lingered outside Domenic’s classroom. Then I noticed that the teacher was on the phone and she tried to hide behind the door so we wouldn’t see what she was doing. I realized immediately that she was calling someone vital,” she wrote.

“We accompanied the headmaster outside and talked a little. He wanted more details about the case, but he said that he had received strict orders from the [social services]. We told him that he has a duty to act according to his conscience and that everyone has to face the consequences of his decisions.”

She continued, “The headmaster received a call and stepped aside to receive it. Christer went to the car to fetch his camera. The headmaster informed us that the [social services agent] Gunvor Allqvie would be coming to talk to us. When Christer returned with his camera he informed us that his parents, who were waiting on the parking lot, had told him that a truck had driven to the school and Domenic was taken out by the back door. His grandmother said hello to Domenic, but he was quickly shoved into the truck and driven away by the foster parents,” the lawyer said.

Hours later, Christer Johansson got an e-mail from social services agent Caroline Palmqvist saying, “After what happened today at the school, we have decided that you will not be allowed to talk with Domenic in the phone this evening.”

Mike Donnelly, a staff attorney for the HSLDA, called it a “petty power play” and said it demonstrates “the kind of gross disregard these social services agents have for basic human dignity.”

Read the rest of this article and some interesting links here:

http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=152697

May 12 meeting with Swedish Social Services to determine Domenic’s fate

May 12 meeting with Swedish Social Services

to determine Domenic’s fate

—May 12th is looming! That is the day the Swedish Social Services board has rescheduled their meeting to where they are supposed to determine Domenic’s fate. If you’ve not emailed your letters to them, please do so ASAP. Go here: http://www.hslda.org/hs/international/Sweden/201005060.asp or if you want to send your email as a mass mailing rather than individually, use these addresses. We’ve confirmed they all work: gustaf.hoffstedt@gotland.se; kjboberg@hotmail.com; sonia.landin@gotland.se; lindvall.ola@telia.com; stora.vikers@telia.com; gunilla.wigren.dahlin@moderat.se; egil.lyngstad@telia.com; b-lindahl@swipnet.se; ann.gardell@telia.com; 2solbbrsj@tjelvar.org; rolle.o@hotmail.com; hamax@telia.com; lars.akerlund@tjelvar.org

Facebook

—Since our last email, we’ve added 167 new members to the group. If you’ve not done so already, please take a moment to invite everyone you know to join Domenic’s group. Facebook has provided an extremely easy way to do this. Simply visit Domenic’s group and look to the left, just under his photo is a list where you will see an option to “Invite People to Join.” If you click on that link, a box will pop up with all your Facebook friends and from there it is very easy to shoot out the invitation to everyone. Additionally, at the bottom of the box, they provide a place for you to add the email addresses of friends and family who are not on Facebook.

Friends of Domenic webpage

—-And don’t forget, we have another avenue for those who do not want to join Facebook. Point those folks to the Friends of Domenic webpage using this link: http://friendsofdomenic.blogspot.com/ Be sure to read the Because They Loved… page on the new site.

Please keep pressing on in your efforts for Domenic

—-Please do not lose your fever for Domenic. Please continue to press on for him and know that efforts on Domenic’s behalf are efforts for the many other children who have been spirited away unjustly by Social Services.

Social Services

—-Additionally, please realize we have nothing against Social Services when they are serving children who are in desperate need. We stand against Social Services when it runs amok, as it has in Domenic’s case, and unfortunately in the case of too many others!

Please visit this website

http://friendsofdomenic.blogspot.com/

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HSLDA encourages its members to communicate their concerns to the Swedish Ambassador. We hope that his influence may help correct an injustice and also pave the way for better laws for homeschoolers in Sweden

HSLDA thanks its members and friends for their ongoing support. It’s when all homeschoolers join together that we are most effective advocating for homeschool freedom in America and abroad.

Read the HSLDA article: “Sweden—the Next Germany for Homeschoolers?” http://www.hslda.org/hs/international/Sweden/200909160.asp

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Swedish Representation in New Zealand and Australia

The Swedish Embassy in Canberra, Australia, is accredited to New Zealand. Embassy of Sweden
5 Turrana Street
Yarralumla
ACT 2600
Australia
Ph: +61 2 6270 2700
Fax: +61 2 6270 2755
Email: sweden@iimetro.com.au
Website: www.swedenabroad.com/Canberra [external link]

There is a Swedish Consulate General in Wellington and Consulates in Auckland and Christchurch. Consulate-General of Sweden in Wellington
PO Box 125 38
Wellington 6144
Level 7, Molesworth House
101 Molesworth Street
Wellington 6011
New Zealand
Ph: +64 4 499 9895
Fax: +64 4 499 1464
Email: sweden@xtra.co.nz
Office hours: Mon-Fri 09.30-12.00

Consulate of Sweden in Auckland
Level 3
13 O’Connell Street
Auckland
Ph: +64 9 373 5332
Fax: +64 9 302 2535
Email: sweden.christchurch@xtra.co.nz

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Indian Representation in New Zealand

This family was on their way to India. In a comment on this post https://hef.org.nz/2009/home-schooled-boy-snatched-from-plane-in-sweden/ Cathi said “With the mother being a citizen of India, wouldn’t Dominic have dual citizenship? Maybe we need to also be contacting the Indian Ambassadors in our respective countries to get them to ask why a citizen of India is being held in their country.
So please also write to: High Commission for India in Wellington

General Inquries: hicomind@hicomind.org.nz

Mr. Kunal Roy

First Secretary (Acting High Commissioner)

04-4724851

pshc@hicomind.org.nz
counsellor@hicomind.org.nz

Where home schooling is illegal

Where home schooling is illegal

By Michael Steininger
BBC World Service, Europe Today

Earlier this year a German family was granted political asylum in the United States because in their own country they weren’t allowed to home school their children.

Yet others in Germany are not letting the law dissuade them from choosing their preferred method of education.

Schoolbooks and pencils at a Berlin school

Up to 1,000 German families are thought to be home schooling

Jonathan and Irene Erz are busy people.

They have got 200 calves and eight children to raise on their small farm outside the town of Ulm, in Germany’s southern state of Baden-Wuerttemberg.

On top of that they have decided to wage a battle against the law that prevents them from educating their children at home.

Children in Germany are required to attend a registered school.

Exceptions are extremely rare and will be made in cases of ill health, but never on religious grounds or to allow for alternative methods of learning.

Parents can run their own schools, but these must be licensed and will be controlled by the state.

Those who defy the law face sanctions ranging from moderate fees to losing custody of their children.

‘Individualised curriculum’

Irene Erz was born and raised in Canada, and home-schooling has always been part of the educational landscape for her.

When she was looking for a good bi-lingual secondary school in the region for her eldest, 11-year-old twins Solomon and Kesia, she couldn’t find one that satisfied her.

School is the place for a peaceful dialogue between different opinions, values, religions and ideologies
Juergen Zoellner, Berlin’s education minister

“We feel that we can offer our children the best upbringing through home-educating them,” Irene Erz says.

“We can offer an individualised curriculum allowing them to learn according to their needs and interests.”

Her husband Jonathan asked the local authorities to release his children from school duty and was turned down. Now he expects to be fined.

“This will end in court,” he says, “we are not sending them to school, that’s for sure. If the kids later decide they want to go to school, that’s fine, but I am not sending them”.

Social tolerance

The German authorities usually justify their tough stance by referring to the social aspect of school education.

We think it’s time now in Germany to fight for this freedom
Jonathan Erz

“In our increasingly multicultural society school is the place for a peaceful dialogue between different opinions, values, religions and ideologies,” said Berlin’s education minister, Juergen Zoellner.

“It is a training ground for social tolerance. Therefore home-schooling is not an option for Germany.”

Germany is not entirely alone in its refusal.

The Swedish parliament is just in the process of tightening the laws on home-schooling, effectively banning it.

Bertil Östberg, State Secretary for Education, told the BBC’s Europe Today programme, that “children have the right to be taught by professional teachers, and the teaching should be objective and based on science”.

Echoing German concerns Mr Östberg added that “schools should be a meeting place where tolerance and social values are communicated”.

‘Battle to the end’

Jonathan and Irene Erz know that they have a long battle on their hands.

Home-schoolers don’t have a strong lobby in Germany.

Unofficial estimates put the number of home-schooling families in the country between 600 and 1,000.

Several of them have left for Austria, Switzerland or France, some have even gone to the US, although it is difficult for them to get residence permits.

For Jonathan Erz though, leaving is not an option.

“I am German,” he says, “this is my country. I decided to fight this battle to the end. We think it’s time now in Germany to fight for this freedom”.

This link can be found at :

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/education/8576769.stm

State takes custody of 7-year-old over homeschooling: Now human rights organizations reviewing ’state-napping’

State takes custody of 7-year-old over homeschooling

Now human rights organizations reviewing ‘state-napping’


Posted: February 27, 2010
11:05 pm Eastern

By Bob Unruh
© 2010 WorldNetDaily


Annie and Dominic Johansson

Social workers have been visiting a Swedish couple whose son was “abducted” by government agents last year because he was being homeschooled, but that’s not necessarily a good sign, and now two major rights organizations are exploring options to reunite the family.

The Home School Legal Defense Association and members of the Alliance Defense Fund have been advising Christer and Annie Johansson on the “state-napping” of their son, Dominic, 7, from an airliner as the family was preparing to move to India last year.

“HSLDA and the Alliance Defense Fund are jointly advising the family and exploring all available avenues to help reunite Dominic with his family,” the HSLDA  said in a published statement.

“Swedish social workers have recently visited Christer and Annie and inquired about their current ability to take care of Dominic. According to a Swedish lawyer who spoke with HSLDA anonymously, these visits do not necessarily indicate the possible return of Dominic to his parents. Rather, this attorney said, Swedish social services intends to force the parents into ‘complete subjugation and compliance with the system.'”

WND reported late last year when the Administrative Court of Stockholm affirmed the state custody of Dominic, who was taken from the airliner by uniformed police officers on the orders of social workers even though there was no allegation of any crime on the part of the family nor was there any warrant.

At the time, Michael Donnelly, director of international affairs for the HSLDA, called the court decision “deeply disturbing.”

“The hostility against homeschooling and for parent’s rights is contrary to everything expected from a Western nation,” he said.

The HSLDA confirms the family’s options are being reviewed.

The parents are allowed to see their son for 60 minutes every fifth week.

“At times referred to as a ‘social utopia,’ Sweden is completely antagonistic toward homeschoolers and, in reality, anyone who deviates from what the Swedish government defines as ‘normal.’ The government’s quest for conformity produces troubling side effects: the criminalization of actions – such as a parent’s decision regarding the best form of education for his child – that ought to be the hallmarks of a free, democratic society,” the HSLDA said.

“Taking children from their parents over minor differences in approaches to medical care (e.g. choosing not to vaccinate or delaying minor dental treatments) and for homeschooling is completely at odds with the basic human rights which all Western democracies should reflect,” the HSLDA said.

The organization is offering a webpage of information on how to support the family and linking to a petition advocating the return of Dominic to his parents.

On the petition’s forum page, a Canadian wrote, “I am appalled that this happened in a country as open, modern and inclusive as Sweden! I cannot understand it.”

An Australian called it “an abuse of power at the expense of a child.”

From Florida came the comment, “This is frightening!!!! … Please reverse this tragedy.”

The attack on homeschoolers appears to be part of a trend in some Western nations, including Germany. WND reported only a few weeks ago when a German family was granted asylum in the United States because of the persecution members would face if returned to their home country.

The case in Sweden developed when the boy, from Gotland, was forcibly taken into custody minutes before he and his parents were due to take off to start a new life in India, Annie’s home country.

In an online statement at the time, Johannson said, “While we may do things differently than most Swedes, we have not broken any laws and we have not harmed our son. We decided as a family that we wanted to move to India where we could be near my wife’s family. But the government has taken over my family, and now we are living in a nightmare. I fear for the life of my wife under this torture and for the well-being of my son who has only been allowed to see his parents for a few hours since he was taken. The government is alienating my son from me, and I am powerless to do anything.”

“What you have here is a socialist country trying to create a cookie cutter kid,” said Roger Kiska, an Alliance Defense Fund attorney based in Europe. “This kind of thing happens too often where social workers take a child and then just keep him.”

Read more here:  http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=125602

Keep an eye on the HSLDA website:

http://www.hslda.org/hs/international/Sweden/200912220.asp

For those in Australia and New Zealand:

Please use the emails and website addresses for the Swedish people to email and send letters to.

We can also send emails to the Swedish  Consulates in Australia and New Zealand

Canberra

New Zealand contact details:

http://www.swedenabroad.com/Page____21473.aspx

Australia Contact details:

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