European Court of Justice handles ten Norwegian child welfare cases

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The Norwegian Child Welfare Service has been placed under the auspices of the European Court of Justice (EMD), which is no dealing with ten Norwegian cases.

‘’It is an objective fact that Norway is under the magnifying glass. When ten cases are passed through to the European Court of Human Rights (EMD) it means that one is being inspected’’ said Government Attorney Fredrik Sejersted to Dagbladet newspaper.

The cases from Norway are from 1 December 2015 and deal with cases where parents have lost care for one or more children.

So far, three of the ten cases have been finalised.

In two cases, Norway was acquitted. The first deals with two brothers who were split up, where one boy was placed with grandparents while the other was placed in another foster home. The second acquittal relates to an Iraqi woman who was deprived of her two girls when she was in a violent marriage, and the state believed she could not protect the children from the father.

In the third case, Norway was convicted of human rights violations after a Norwegian woman lost care of her daughter, and then all contact with her was denied.

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1 Comment on "European Court of Justice handles ten Norwegian child welfare cases"

  1. Joakim Haugen | 7. May 2019 at 07:29 | Reply

    Sadly, this is just the top of the iceberg.
    Barnevernet is the most bloated branch of government in Norway and it is full of lets say people who act on emotions and not logic, who can’t take criticism and have that time every month and all have been given the job through their party affiliation (SV) after they took over this branch in 2006

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