Norway strips parental rights from Czech mother

eva-michalakova Norway strips parental rights from Czech mother

 

(Ceska Republika): Norwegian authorities have ruled that Czech national Eva Michaláková will lose parental rights to her two children: the authorities said that her six-year-old son can be adopted by his foster parents and ruled that she would also lose the right to see her older son, who is now ten. Norway’s Child Welfare Services, the Barnevernet, took the boys away from their biological parents four years ago on the suspicion they had suffered sexual abuse and neglect. However, details were never revealed to protect them.

The case of the Michalák boys is of course one that has been closely watched for years in the Czech Republic, and the fact is a number of politicians got involved to see if they couldn’t help. The crux of the problem is that the facts of the case were never fully divulged, to protect the children involved, leaving doubts in the mind of many. Mrs Michaláková, by one step after another, was denied any substantial contact with her sons. Now the younger boy could be adopted by his foster family and she will longer allowed to see the older child.

In the Czech Republic, the news on Tuesday caused nothing less than a political uproar: the Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaorálek, who called the ruling “outrageous”, wasted no time in summoning Norway’s Ambassador to Prague Siri Ellen Sletner. Others, such as Christian Democrat Euro MP Tomáš Zdechovský went so far as to call for the ambassador’s expulsion. The head-of-state Miloš Zeman latched on to the suggestion, calling it a “good idea”. Radio Prague spoke to MEP Petr Mach of the Free Citizens’ Party, who in the past was also involved in the case and had traveled to Norway to meet with authorities, after the news broke.

Petr-Mach Norway strips parental rights from Czech mother
Petr Mach is a Czech economist and Member of the European Parliament. He is the leader of the Free Citizens Party.

“Unfortunately, this decision is in line with others which preceded it by the Child Welfare services in Norway. I am very upset by the development. The fact is that we were promised and repeatedly told by the Norwegian ambassador to Prague that this adoption would not happen.”

There is no question that stripping of a mother’s parental rights has drawn a very strong emotional response. It is not just MEPs who are calling for action, either. The prime minister himself has called an extraordinary meeting of ministers involved with the case. Meanwhile, Mrs Michaláková still has options open to her, albeit dwindling. She has appealed the decision already but MEP Petr Mach suggested, in his view, that the chance of success in Norwegian courts are not great. MEP Petr Mach:

“I understand that the mother is doing everything to get her children back. Definitely she will appeal and if she loses the case in Norway yet again, she will likely take the case to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.”

He added that the government needed to step in and take action to try and have the case transferred to the Czech Republic where the Michalák boys have extended family.

«- Vi er klar over at saken har vakt sterke reaksjoner i Tsjekkia. Vi ser likevel ingen grunn til at avgjørelser som gjelder barnevernssaker skal gå ut over vårt bilaterale forhold til Tsjekkia», sier pressevakt Veslemøy Lothe Salvesen i Utenriksdepartementet til Dagbladet.

At UD uttaler seg på denne måten, viser at den ikke har forstått eller vil forstå alvoret i saken. Faktum er at Norges brudd på menneskerettene så definitivt har gått utover det bilaterale forhold til Tsjekkia og mange andre land, mener Marius Reikerås.

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– Saken har fått mye oppmerksomhet i tsjekkiske medier, sier Norges ambassadør i Tsjekkia.
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Tjekkisk demonstrasjon utenfor den Norske ambassaden i Prague

Petr-Mach Tjekkisk demonstrasjon utenfor den Norske ambassaden i Prague
Petr Mach is a Czech economist and Member of the European Parliament. He is the leader of the Free Citizens Party.

EU-representant for Tjekkia, Petr Mach, oppfordrer tjekkere til å komme å demonstrere foran den Norske ambassade i Tjekkia. Saken gjelder ei tjekkisk mor, Eva Michalakova, som har mistet sine 2 barn til norsk barnevern. Tjekkia krever å få de tjekkiske barna utlevert til Tjekkia.

Norsk fylkesnemnd har vedtatt at det ene barnet skal bortadopteres og at mor skal strippes for foreldre- og besøks rett til sine barn.

Tjekkiske EU-parlememntarikere ber Presidenten i Tjekkia om å utvise den Norske ambassadøren som protest på Norske myndigheters behandling av tjekkiske barn.

Marius Reikerås er en av mange norske som støtter Eva Michalakova i kampen mot Norsk barnevern.

 

9 Tjekkisk demonstrasjon utenfor den Norske ambassaden i Prague

 

8 Tjekkisk demonstrasjon utenfor den Norske ambassaden i Prague

 

7 Tjekkisk demonstrasjon utenfor den Norske ambassaden i Prague

 

6 Tjekkisk demonstrasjon utenfor den Norske ambassaden i Prague

5 Tjekkisk demonstrasjon utenfor den Norske ambassaden i Prague

4 Tjekkisk demonstrasjon utenfor den Norske ambassaden i Prague

3 Tjekkisk demonstrasjon utenfor den Norske ambassaden i Prague

2 Tjekkisk demonstrasjon utenfor den Norske ambassaden i Prague

1 Tjekkisk demonstrasjon utenfor den Norske ambassaden i Prague

Tjekkia truer med å sende hjem den norske ambassadøren

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Menneskerettighetsjuristen, Marius Reikeras, er i harnisk over fylkesnemndas beslutning om å strippe Eva for foreldreretten over hennes to søner som barnevernet har tatt fra henne. «Jeg fatter ikke hvorfor det offentlige Norge vil legge seg ut mot halve Europa,bare for å ri sine menneskerettskrenkelser til det ytterste», skriver han på sin Facebookside..

Eva Michalakova tapte saken om gjenforening med sine to sønner i Fylkesnemnda i dag, som attpåtil har godkjent adopsjon av den ene av hennes to sønner.

I Tsjekkia og i EU parlamentet er de rasende over avgjørelsen,og truer nå med å sende hjem den norske ambassadøren til Tsjekkia.

Og klokken 18 i dag, vil det bli holdt en demonstrasjon utenfor Den norske ambassaden i Praha.

Eva Michaláková er Tsjekkisk statsborger og så er hennes to sønner. Norge har en plikt til å rette seg etter internasjonale standarder, og tilbakelevere barna til Tsjekkia.

Likevel gjør de det motsatte,med en arroganse som er fullstendig uforståelig.

«Hva er det som gjør at det offentlige Norge kan tro at de kan ignorere menneskerettene på den måten de gjør?», lurer han på

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English:

I do not understand why the public Norway will put out against half of Europe, just to ride their human rights violations to the utmost.

Eva Michalakova lost the case of reunification with their two sons in the County Council today, which has an approved adoption of one of her two sons.

In the Czech Republic and the EU Parliament are the furious over the decision, and now threatening to send home the Norwegian Ambassador to the Czech Republic.

And at 18 today, it will be held a demonstration outside the Norwegian Embassy in Prague.

Eva Michaláková is Czech citizen and so are her two sons. Norway has an obligation to abide by international standards, and return the children to the Czech Republic.

Nevertheless, they do the opposite, with an arrogance that is completely incomprehensible.

What is it that makes the public Norway believe they can ignore human rights in the way they do?

The wonder, I really appreciated

Marius Reikeras

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Czech Foreign Minister expresses indignation to deputy Norwegian ambassador

Prague – Czech Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek expressed his indignation at the Norwegian authorities´ approach to the case of the Michalak boys taken from their Czech parents at a meeting with deputy Norwegian ambassador Monica Stensland today.

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Prezident Miloš Zeman se pøiklání k vyhoštìní norské velvyslankynì Siri Ellen Sletnerové (na archivním snímku z 23. ledna 21015) z Èeské republiky. Jeho mluvèí Jiøí Ovèáèek na Twitteru uvedl, že to podle nìj «není úplnì špatný nápad». Jediným øešením je podle prezidenta Evropský soud pro lidská práva ve Štrasburku. Eva Michaláková ztrácí rodièovská práva k obìma svým dìtem, mladšího syna navíc norské úøady posílají do adopce.

Norská velvyslankyně v Česku Siri Ellen Sletnerová (na archivním snímku z 23. ledna 2015). ČTK Vondrouš Roman
Zaoralek (senior government Social Democrats, CSSD) told reporters previously he considered Norway´s decision to strip the boys´ Czech mother, Eva Michalakova, of her parental rights to them outrageous in view of a previous agreement on the issue.

Zaoralek told Stensland today the Foreign Ministry would send a diplomatic note to the Norwegian government demanding an explanation.

The Norwegian Child Welfare Service (Barnevernet) took the boys away from their parents, in Norway in May 2011 on suspicion of abuse and neglect which was not proved, however. The Michalaks were living in Norway then.

Zaoralek originally announced that he had summoned Norwegian Ambassador Siri Ellen Sletner over the Michalak case.

President Milos Zeman, on his part, said he would not consider the idea of expelling the Norwegian ambassador bad as proposed by Czech MEP Tomas Zdechovsky (Christian Democrats, KDU-CSL).

Zeman also said the Czech Republic should turn to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg over the Michalak boys´ case.

Zaoralek has not commented on it yet.

He will discuss the case with Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka (CSSD) and other minister in the afternoon.

According to a press release, the Foreign Ministry is analysing all available information and the respective decision now.

Zaoralek reiterated that the ministry was prepared to support Michalakova if she filed a complaint with the European Court of Human Rights.

Zaoralek told journalists that during the negotiations in the past months, Oslo had repeatedly told Prague that if the boys´ biological family were interested in caring of them and if Prague offered help, the adoption of the boys in Norway would be out of the question.

«This is why I consider the decision, which [the Norwegians] made today outrageous,» Zaoralek said.

He said the Czech state had granted auspices to the offer made by the Michalak family. In this situation, he views the decision of the Norwegian authorities a breach of Oslo´s promise, he added.

«I respect different systems but I would like our system to be respected, too, if Czech citizens are involved,» Zaoralek said, adding that he was aware of the differences between the Norwegian and Czech approached to childcare.

Norwegian authorities have put the younger son up for adoption and they have stripped the mother of her parental rights to her older son as well, thus banning her contact with the boys. Michalakova will appeal the decision, However, the father did not lose the rights to the older son, her defence counsels said.

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